Re: Dr. Newman on solids?
Yeah, that strikes me as very odd! Most exclusively breastfed babies require at least 8 nursing sessions per day in order to get their needs met- at least according to the American Academy of Pediatrics breastfeeding policy statement. It makes sense: if the average feeding is 2-4 oz, then 8 feedings per day will get baby somewhere between 16 and 32 oz of milk per day, and most babies require 20-30 oz of milk per day. 4 nursing sessions per day would be just 8-16 oz per day, which is clearly not enough for an exclusively breastfed baby. And since babies who are just starting with solids remain dependent on mom's milk for the majority of their calories, 8-16 oz of milk per day isn't likely to be enough unless the baby is eating a LOT of solids to make up for the shortfall in milk intake.
I think Newman's guidelines are directed more towards the average mom- the one who, by 6 months, may already be using formula and who is more concerned about getting her baby weaned from the breast than about getting her baby to continue nursing. Remember, it's unusual for American moms to make it to 6 months of breastfeeding, let alone beyond that. For a lot of women, nursing 4 times per day in the second half of the first year is as much or more than they feel they can do.
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