BF frequency question

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Registered: 04-15-2007
BF frequency question
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Sun, 08-09-2009 - 7:18am

Hi,
I have a 7 mo/old girl who bf's 4x/day and eats solids 2x/day.
She spits up tons due to nasty reflux, so I cant increase her volume...she'll just s[it it up.
Does this sound like enough for a 7mo/old??

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Registered: 06-10-2008
Sun, 08-09-2009 - 8:56am

4 times a day is really the bare minimum for a 7 month old. We'd be more comfortable with at least 5 or 6 feedings per day. Is it possible to keep the feedings short but increase the frequency? I've read shorter more frequent feedings are typically better for reflux anyways.


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Registered: 04-15-2007
Sun, 08-09-2009 - 10:45am

Hmmmm, i don't know. Since she's eating something 6x/day and only up about 12 hrs that averages every 2 hrs. I don't think I can give her more. When I try she ends up spitting it all back up. This is why she only gets solids 2x (breakfast and dinner). I can't fit any more in her.

For example this am I bf'd her at 6am, solids at 9ish and she spit up most of the solids. now sleeping at 10am, I will nurse her when she wakes and then again in a few hours. Then solids for dinner around 5pm and nurse to sleep around 7pm.

At what age would this be enough if its the minimum at 7mos?

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Registered: 11-03-2008
Sun, 08-09-2009 - 11:27am

Hello,


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Registered: 04-15-2007
Sun, 08-09-2009 - 11:40am

Thanks for your reply.
I will not try the dream feed!!! She sleeps 11hours in her crib in her room and I won't mess with that!! Only if she wasn't thriving would I wake her to feed her.

Really such little volume with the solids? How come so little? I don't give her much, but usually about 4 oz solids at a time (a jar).
If now its only to taste and such, when is it given as food food?
I know BM is the best, I will go until she's a year but I thought I was supposed to be giving her food as a meal too.

I definitely can't feed her only an hour apart... I can still hear the BM sloshing around in her belly an hour later and she's still spitting it up all over the place!

And she was a little early too, born at 35weeks. She's tiny, only 24 inches and 15lbs but strong as an ox and developing just fine!

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Registered: 11-03-2008
Sun, 08-09-2009 - 12:51pm

Hello,


Dreamfeeding is not intended to wake up your child to nurse her, but rather do it while they are sleeping. When I dreamfeed my LO, she stirs when I pick her up , but as soon as she starts feeding she is back asleep and I am able to put her back down with a problem (and I don't have an easy sleeper).


Here is a link as to how much and how often to give solids for each month http://mother-2-mother.com/samplemenus.htm


Because bm is the child's main source of nutrition for the first year, food does not need to be introduced as a "meal" until after that.


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