Yesterday, 09:46 AM
I think that if both solids and bottles are being given in a way where baby decides how much, (so basically, baby led solids and paced bottle feeding) then baby will make it clear how much of each baby 'needs.' And it is very possible it will not be the same every day. I would question the idea that a baby being offered solids twice a day universally means two breastmilk feedings can be dropped. during th4e first year of life, generally solids are an addition to breastmilk, rather than a replacement. SOME reduction in milk intake may occur and it be fine, but not typically ounce per ounce or feeding per feeding.
I think it is probably more work for a day care to do baby led solids, and it is also more work to give paced bottles, because typically, both are more time consuming than the 'traditional' way, which is one of the reasons -possibly the primary reason- the other ways became "traditional." Also, if they have several babies eating at once, baby led methods, which in part means, at an individual baby's own pace, may simply not be workable.
So this may reflect a time issue? You can talk to baby's caregiver about that. There may be ways to work with the daycare to find a happy medium, should that be the case. Baby led solids does not necessarily mean no spoons, although spoons do tend to be used in a way that prevents baby from directing/controlling intake.