Re: Starting solids for my LO
I personally would not start solids this early. The general recommendation is to start solids at around 6 months or when baby is showing all the developmental signs of readiness. You can read those here. Is there a medical reason you are giving him a bottle with cereal?
I say this only because you said you want to nurse him as long as possible, but if I were you I'd hold off on solids for a while and stop giving him bottles with cereal unless there is a medical reason for it. The AAP recommends against putting cereal in bottles because it is a choking hazard, but aside from that it is filling your baby up with empty calories that carry very little nutrition. And it sits in baby's stomach because it is hard for them to digest it this young, which makes them think they are full and they end up skipping nursing sessions and NOT getting the valuable nutrition they need from your milk. So baby is missing out on nutrition and YOU are missing out on those signals from your baby that you need to produce more milk, this is why your supply was impacted.
I think if you stopped the bottles and replaced them with nursing sessions you'd find that you don't need the supplement to produce enough milk. Let baby nurse when he's hungry and that will get your supply to a place where it matches his needs.
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