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Postby jessm » Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:17 am

DS is 6 months. My doctor said by his next appt (9 months) he should be eating 3 meals a day, about 1/3 of what I'm eating. That seems like a lot to me, since I like to keep my supply up. Honestly, on the weekends he barely eats any solids, he just nurses frequently.

During the week at daycare his new schedule is:

5:30 AM: wakeup/nurse
6:30/7 quick nurse before we leave (I call it a top off lol)
8 AM: nap
somewhere around 9/9:30 oatmeal and 5 oz bottle
10:30 nap
12/12:30 5 oz bottle and 2 oz veggie
1 PM nap
2:30 4 oz bottle and 2 oz baby yogurt for snack (my doc okayed it)
I usually get to him by 3:45/4 and he sometimes nurses right when I get there if he ate sooner than 2:30, like if he ate at 2 and I get there at 4 I feed him before we go home.

Then at home he goes 2-3 hours between nursing. I occasionally will give him some food to play with while I eat dinner, but very little makes it to his mouth lol. Unless I give him a teething biscuit or frozen fruit in the mesh feeder, then he goes nuts. He nurses more often right before bed.

He usually has 1 night waking, although the past couple of nights has been STTN.

Does this seem right? He's gaining at an appropriate rate, is quite happy and isn't overweight. He's in the 75th percentile for length and the 10th for weight, but isn't like super skinny or anything. He weighs 15 lb 5 oz and is 27.25 inches.
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Postby BeccaM » Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:18 am

At 6 months my LO was barely eating anything. By 9 - 10 months he had picked up eating a lot more on his own.

He did better when we just offered finger foods. Cheerios, cubed up fruits and soft veggies, cheese. I fed him yogurt, oatmeal and cottage cheese with a spoon when he was interested. We also started feeding him bites off our meals (unless very spicy or obviously difficult to chew) at 7 - 1/2 - 8 mos. He had several teeth by then so that helped.

We don't take our DS to a regular doctor (he's a holistic family doctor) and he thought it was great that my DS was still nursing a lot at 12 months. Those first 12 months it doesn't really matter how much solid food they eat. Looking back, I also stressed too much about how much/how often my DS was eating and I wished I had just relaxed more. The mainstream advice offered by most doctors does not support a long-time natural nursing relationship (IMO :D).

If you really want him to eat more solids at a particular time, offer them before nurse and then nurse him to top it off.
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Postby jessm » Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:31 am

I usually try to keep solids to a minimum when he's with me. He is still drinking the same amount of pumped milk while he's away with me, even though they are also giving him solids. I told my ped I like to breastfeed as much as possible and keep solids as a little something extra and to keep my supply up. He didn't seem to mind that I focus mainly on breast feeding though. I haven't bothered mentioning that I plan on nursing for 2 years. I mentioned it to my OB/GYN at my annual and she was shocked.
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Postby jessm » Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:32 am

Also should mention he LOVES solids. Like LOVES them. That's why I try to focus so much on nursing when we're together. Which he also LOVES. Kid likes to eat lol.
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Postby LaraE » Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:40 am

I started with solids right before Abby turned 6 months and honestly could have waited longer because she was not all that interested. The first few months she really only had solids once maybe twice a day, and not a whole lot. For instance, sometimes at dinner she'd have 6 bites and be done lol

By 9 months though, she caught on and was eating more in the amount of food, and we offered 3 meals a day. I dont stress on how much she eats though because i know she still gets nutrients from BM

I heard that a full serving for a baby is only 3 TBLS of food, so they really dont require much IMO. Some babies like food and eat a lot more and thats ok too
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Postby stefanielynn » Wed Jul 11, 2012 2:55 pm

It's seriously been in just the last couple of months that DD (15 months) has REALLY been interested in meals. We did BLW with her and she really just did a lot of snacking. She's just now starting to really have full meals, and even now I'd say she's only eating two a day (breakfast and dinner...she tends to nap through lunch, though I give her "milkies" and a snack when she wakes up).

I do a lot of nodding a smiling at the ped and then do my own thing when we get home. :P
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Postby jessm » Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:00 am

Declan actually gets MAD when the food is gone. smh
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Postby BeccaM » Fri Jul 13, 2012 7:19 am

Maybe baby boys like real food better than girls? :D That's an over generalization of course, but my DS wanted to try what we were eating for a couple of months before I even offered him a tiny taste! I was planning to wait over 6 months before offering solids, but ended up starting him just before ( he didn't eat much until 8 months, but he was so happy to try it!!)
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Postby jessm » Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:19 am

Yeah, I was planning on delaying solids longer than I did, but he was clearly ready and wanted more. So...I figured what the hey. Parenting never goes as planned!
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