Partial weaning - 7 months

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Registered: 02-27-2005
Partial weaning - 7 months
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Thu, 01-21-2010 - 9:21pm

I am going back to work in a week and I am planning on partially weaning/combination feeding DS (7+ months).

Sarah

#1 EDD 03/02/06

 

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Registered: 01-12-2006
Thu, 01-21-2010 - 11:20pm

I'm not sure how long you are away from baby during the work day. But really baby should still take only about an ounce per hour ... I know many babies take more formula than this, but it is unclear whether or not it is conditioned by mom encouraging baby to finish the bottle early on, not pacing feeding, or if there is an actual need for more formula for comparable nutrition. We do know that formula is fairly similar to breastmilk calorie wise.

Personally, I would shoot for about an ounce an hour (just as you do breastmilk), and honestly if he doesn't take quite that much (assuming his weight gain stays on target) I wouldn't be too concerned and would hope that he would be taking more breastmilk during his feedings. We know babies average 25 ounces of milk intake a day and that number begins to go down at some point after the intro of solid foods.

I would, for now, let him continue to take the lead regarding the amount of milk he wants. Right now, he may just not be loving the taste of the formula or he may not need more than that because he is getting breastmilk the rest of the day along with some solid foods.

Keep an eye on weight gain and diaper output and if all stays well, I'd let baby do his thing.

There is a hypothesis that one of the reasons babies who are formula fed in infancy are more likely to be overweight later in life is because they were overfed via bottle as infants. Babies naturally regulate their intake at the breast and mom can't really know how much baby is taking. But when bottles are being fed, babies are very frequently encouraged to eat more than they would choose on their own. Beware that your daycare may do this also, especially if they're comparing him to other formula fed babies. If this does happen, just continue to explain that you and his doctor are very comfortable with his intake and growth.

HTH

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Registered: 09-10-2009
Fri, 01-22-2010 - 3:25pm

ITA with everything Tonya said!!


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