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|Mon, 10-25-2010 - 12:12am|
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!