How much/often does your baby eat at six months?
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|Wed, 12-07-2011 - 5:23pm|
Sorry if this is covered in the FAQs, but I couldn't find it anywhere.
I have 6-month-old twins, and I've been pretty much EPing since they were about 3 months old. My daughter will occasionally still nurse, but it's more for comfort than nourishment.
Right now, I am barely keeping up with them, and some days I have to supplement with formula. This is recent -- until about 2 weeks ago, I was making enough milk to feed them (though just barely -- I've only had extra stash once in the entire time I've been pumping).
Right now, they eat exactly what I pump -- which is to say, they eat 5 to 5.5 ounces about every 3 hours during the day. At night, my son eats about every 3.5-4.5 hours and my daughter can go much longer -- sometime up to 8-9 hours, but sometimes as little as 4.5 hours. My question is -- how much and how frequently should they be eating? In other words, if I fed them more ounces less frequently, would they adjust? I've tried offering 6 oz at a feeding, but they both stop at about 5 or 5.5. Should I keep trying to get them to take more in the hopes that they'll eat less often?
And if this does work, I guess I would adjust my pumping schedule, or at least start storing milk differently so that it can be dispensed in larger quantities? (Right now it goes from the boob to the bottle, direct to them.)
I guess I'm just wondering if my supply is limited, and I'm therefore limiting their eating somehow. Maybe this will all change when I introduce solids... which reminds me. Will they want less breastmilk when they start eating solids? Or does that not happen for a while?
And relatedly -- how do I keep from feeling demoralized about having to supplement with formula? Logically I know it's silly -- but emotionally, I feel like a failure whenever I have to break out the formula.
Thanks for any information.