Getting enough?

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Registered: 10-23-2003
Getting enough?
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Tue, 06-22-2010 - 9:53pm
My daughter is 11 mths old. For the last couple months I nurse my daughter in the morning and at bedtime and she gets a sippy cup of expressed milk during the day. She nurses well but the last week she's only been drinking 2-5oz between 7am-7pm! She's always been a light drinker (never wanted more than 6oz in a bottle or sippy), but this is crazy! She seemed to drink a bit more today, maybe 6-8oz, but that just doesn't seem enough for a 12 hr period! Any ideas?


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In reply to: anov04
Tue, 06-22-2010 - 10:12pm

Six ounces in a bottle is actually a very BIG amount for a breastfed baby. More commonly, breastfed babies take about 3 ounces every 3 hours.

What other foods and drinks is she getting now? If she's eating a lot of other foods, it's not surprising that she's cut back on her milk intake. Ideally, breastmilk or formula would be the primary calorie source for the entire first year (at least 50 percent of calories and many suggest 60-70 percent of calories should still be breastmilk at 12 mos).

Can you offer smaller amounts of breastmilk in a cup w/ her other meals (I'm assuming she's eating a lot of solid food, given the small number of nursing sessions / cups of milk). If she drank a couple ounces with each snack and meal, she might get a bit more milk in that way.

I'd replace any juice w/ breastmillk if you can. How are wet diapers? If she's gaining well and isn't dehydrated, ultimately she's probably fine ... although it would be better if she could get a few more of her calories from breastmilk.

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Registered: 09-10-2009
In reply to: anov04
Wed, 06-23-2010 - 9:01am

Are you actually gone twelve hours during the day? Would it be possible to nurse her directly as soon as you get home from work then again before bed just to up her intake?


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Sat, 06-26-2010 - 9:33am
Olivia gets NO liquids other than breastmilk. I've been offering her the sippy cup at every meal and snack now just to get it into her. She just doesn't seem interested in liquids too much. I've even tried giving her the sippy and waiting before giving her solids to give her time to drink when she's hungry. She'll take a few sips then just play with it.


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In reply to: anov04
Sat, 06-26-2010 - 9:36am
Actually I'm a SAHM. I can't get her to nurse during the day to save my life. She is everywhere, trying to climb down, twisting around. I'm lucky to still be able to nurse her in the morning and night. But she has NO interest in chilling out to nurse during the day.


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Sat, 06-26-2010 - 3:55pm

It still sounds like she is taking a fair amount of solids, which does interfere w/ liquid consumption. Try nursing before naptime, w/ soft music ... make a couple relaxing routines that signal to her it's time to nurse and hopefully she'll get some extra milk in that way.

Some babies are more resistant to the sippy cup than others. Try a different cup ... I know both my kids preferred a straw cup to a sippy cup. Or something like a nuby cup, which is a bit more bottle like, but very easy to drink from.

W/ both my kids to get them used to drinking from a traditional sippy cup, I started them using the cup w/o the spill proof valve. In this way they could get the liquid out easily and became accustomed to drinking from the cup. Whenever they really mastered the cup, I put the valve in. And that was that.

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