Is he eating enough?
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|Tue, 06-15-2010 - 1:07am|
So my little one is 6.5 months. He has had great weight gain so far (I'm not sure what he is now, but i think about 16-17lb). This might be all over the place, so I apologize in advance.
I am away from Brady 9 hours a day and pump 12 oz in 3 sessions (I pump another 1 or 2 times at home and get another 4-8 oz). He gets 12 oz when I am away (he is with our nanny) and another 4 oz bottle before bedtime (that i give him). I nurse him once during the night and twice in the morning before i leave. So that's 16 oz by bottle (pumping 16-20 oz) and 3 nursing sessions per day. He gets a taste of solids an hour before his bedtime bottle (maybe 1 tbsp - 2 max). I believe he is getting at least his 25 oz, possibly a little more. He has recently started sitting and is really excited about it. Also I think he is hitting his 6 mo growth spurt.
The thing is, he seems to be constantly hungry (he chewing his hands, is not satisfied with a paci, lunges for the bottle/breast...). Our nanny thinks so, but I also see it on the weekends (for the record, i still pump and bottle feed for the daytime feedings during the day on the weekends). I know I should be pushing BF when I can, but we have had so much trouble the last couple months with it that I find it less discouraging this way, it is just working better for our situation - plus my husband can participate more. He still gets comfort nursing when he wants on the weekends during the days.
I guess my question is, should we offer more bm during the day (i don't know how much more i can pump)? Should we offer another solids snack, or is he fine as is? He only started solids 2 or 3 weeks ago and from the start has wolfed it down. These babies can be hard to read. I am not sure what to do. I think I am reading him right. He really seems like he is not getting enough despite the 25+oz.