Your thoughts appreciated!

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Registered: 04-26-2010
Your thoughts appreciated!
Mon, 10-25-2010 - 12:12am

Hi all,

I would love to hear your thoughts on my situation. In my country, exclusively expressing is pretty rare, so I'm having trouble getting good info and I seem to be getting some conflicting info.

Situation: LO almost 7.5 months old. Currently on 3 solid meals a day (have been doing solids since 4 months, and he's a big fan of food!). I usually get in the vicinity of 750mL (25 ounces) each day - sometimes a bit more or a bit less. I give him all that I get (although a couple of feeds ahead in the fridge). I am expressing 4x per day, and now that he's awake a lot more and a lot more active, I am finding it really hard to keep up the 4x - 3x would be much more do-able.

Questions: How much EBM should I be giving him? I've been told anything from 600mL-900mL, but that's a really wide range!

If I start to give him less (say, 600mL/20 oz), how will I know if he's getting enough? If he's not getting enough, will that damage him (I'm a bit paranoid!)? Can I start to make his solids more prominent or are there important things in breastmilk that he really needs (I realise there are antibodies etc - I mean more in terms of nutrients and the things that will help him develop)?

I feel like he would eat and drink non-stop if I let him, so going by his cues isn't really a reliable source of info!

At this point can I give him a bottle of rice milk in place of one of the feeds (he can't have cows milk) if he's still getting at least 600ml? I don't imagine he'll take the special formula as it's not real great in the taste department?

Thanks in advance!

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Registered: 05-04-2009
Mon, 10-25-2010 - 4:47pm

My pediatrician wanted BM to be my DD's primary source of nutrition until around 9 months, meaning I let her "fill up" on BM before eating solids, and then just taste and experiment with solids as a snack. He did want her to eat solids, but just didn't want her to eat so much that she was cutting way back on BM. At our 9 month appointment, he said it wasn't as important for her to drink as much BM, and that solids could start making up more of her calories.

BM is basically nutritionally complete, meaning your baby gets everything he needs (except enough vitamin D if he doesn't get much sun exposure) in his diet from BM. If he eats too much solid food, and not enough BM, he might not get quite enough of certain vitamins, or iron, or protein and fat.


Mom to Ashley Elizabeth, born 11/3/09

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Registered: 05-13-2008
Tue, 10-26-2010 - 8:25pm

I am in the same boat

Mom to 4 sweet blessings. 6,5, 3, and 16 months.
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Registered: 04-26-2010
Tue, 10-26-2010 - 10:08pm
Thanks so much ladies! Your replies have really helped me. xoxo