question about solids/bottle size@dcp

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Registered: 07-15-2007
question about solids/bottle size@dcp
Sun, 02-05-2012 - 10:58am
I just wanted to run this by you ladies...if not for just reassurance of what I already know :)

DS is 7 months old. He goes to dcp from 8 am-3:30 pm. In that time he gets 4 oz of bm and 2 jars of stage 1 food (2 oz a piece) mixed with baby oatmeal. He also eats supper with us and eats whatever we are having (baby led weaning style). Sometimes we give him a jar of puree if we are having something he can't have.

He is fairly big for his age and is gaining weight OK. Doc is not worried although I have noticed he isn't gaining as fast as he was when I was staying at home. I stayed at home for 10 weeks and nursed on demand. He slept well from the beginning and was only waking up at night to eat 2 times in a 12 hour period.

Then I went back to work. I started out leaving him 3 bottles of 3 oz and I nursed him on my lunch in addition ... so 9 oz and a nursing in 8.5 hours. At 7 months I bumped him up to 12 oz and 2 jars of food and stopped nursing at lunch.

The problem is he has steadily begin waking up more and more at night to nurse. It came to a head two nights ago when he woke up 5 times in a 12 hour period to eat. We Co sleep and are trying to slowly get him to the crib but are in no rush.

Anyway, is he reverse cycling or do you think he needs more milk during the day? Here's what makes me pause...when we are at home and he nurses on demand he will sleep through the night! That makes me wonder if he is not getting enough while at dcp. Or maybe he is simply reconnecting at night on days when I work?

I'm OK if it's reverse cycling....I'm just worried he might not be getting enough food/milk during the day. Of course everyone says he needs more solids and he's "starving"....bleh. what do you all suggest?
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Registered: 04-13-2008
Sun, 02-05-2012 - 4:46pm

It does sound like reverse-cycling, especially if he is fine the days you are home all day.

Remember that solids have less calories than breastmilk in general. So extra solids, that reduce the amount of breastmilk he drinks by filling up his tummy, will not help him grow better.

Having said that, it is normal for growth to be slower in the second half of the first year, than in early infancy. So if he has enough wet diapers and is still growing, even if it is slower, and meeting other milestones, there probably is not anything to worry about.

If you want to concentrate on higher calorie foods, give the baby banana, avocado, sweet potato - all things he can finger feed himself wtih. Also add a bit of olive oil to meals such as vegetables, pasta and so on.


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Registered: 12-21-2009
Wed, 02-15-2012 - 8:20pm

If he's growing ok and the ped is happy with his growth he's getting enough overall between bf, ebm and solids.

It's hard to know why exactly he's reverse cycling, but it may be b/c the solids and bottles are filling him so much during the day that he misses his direct bf time or he misses mommy time. Is it the breastfeeding or the mom time he's really craving at could be either. That's what's cool about breastfeeding it gives the baby both. I'm not sure if giving more ebm during the day would help.......I kinda doubt it. Giving more solids during the day is less likely to help. The research tells us that giving solids don't help the baby sleep more. Why would people think he's starving if the ped thinks he's growing just fine?

Sometimes it's best not to offer information about how your baby is sleeping or not sleeping at night to folks you know will be critical of your breastfeeding. Some folks will critisize breastfeeding no matter what the concern is that you are having with the baby.

So I guess the issue is how to help the baby sleep more at night. I'm not sure I have a good answer. Would it be possible for the baby to bf more when home with you after work. Maybe less solids when you are available in the evening

Kathy Kuhn IBCLC ivillage lactation consultant Grammy to Brennan, Elias, Elianna, Tahlia, Makenna, Maura, Silas, and Charlotte