The feeding thread (breast, bottle, and weaning)

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Re: The feeding thread (breast, bottle, and weaning)

Postby Fitch » Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:53 pm

Thanks yvette75 I'm not one to go by the clock either and if he is hungry I will feed him, I just thought (friends advice) that maybe he should be fed 4 hourly but if it works for him it works for me!! :-) x
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Re: The feeding thread (breast, bottle, and weaning)

Postby Yvette75 » Sat Mar 16, 2013 7:32 pm

I have come across very few babies that are fed 4 hourly, it is a mistaken belief that the Gina Ford brigade hold that it is the norm. Think of it this way, would you like to go 4 hours without a drink?
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Re: The feeding thread (breast, bottle, and weaning)

Postby Fitch » Sat Mar 16, 2013 7:56 pm

Very good point!! :-) I will remember that when I next get 'advice' from friends!!
Can't believe how much you doubt yourself as a new parent!!!

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Re: The feeding thread (breast, bottle, and weaning)

Postby Yvette75 » Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:16 pm

Being a first time mum is so hard as you get so much advice from everybody and you feel that everybody else is doing a better job than you sometimes.
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Re: The feeding thread (breast, bottle, and weaning)

Postby kelly230977 » Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:35 am

Hi ladies bit of advise please re weaning.
Imogen is 18 and half weeks and has the following routine.
6-7am 4.4 - 5oz milk
7.30 - 8am baby porridge with 1.5-2oz milk
9-10am 5-6oz milk
12 - 1pm 5-6oz milk
3-4pm 4-5oz milk
5pm baby porridge with apple and mango with 1.5-2oz milk
7.15 - 7.30pm 5-6oz milk
7.30 - 7.45 sleeps til morning although have to go in and settle 2-3 times but not hungry.

My question is what routine do others have because Imogen has started to take less milk at feeds so sometimes only 4oz is she getting enough? I started weaning because she had been watching us eat for wks with interest. When weaning my first Olivia i also started at just before 17 wks but only baby rice and porridge until 21 wks and can't remember when i introduced lunch. Also how many oz a day do they need when weaning, she was 14lb 1oz 3 wks ago. Can't believe you still question everything 2nd time round too xxx
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Re: The feeding thread (breast, bottle, and weaning)

Postby Fitch » Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:39 am

Hi I have just started my 5 month old baby on solids after he took it upon himself to steal banana out of my hand and shove it in his mouth!! At the moment he is just on root veg and fruit but he is now starting to refuse his bottle feeds and just cries until you give him solids!!! He has 6oz in the morning when he wakes up and 6 oz at bedtime but he only ever takes 2oz at each feed during the day before he relises and cries for solids!!! Is this ok should I just go with him?? He sleeps throught the night, has done for a while. Should I wake him at night to get more milk in him??

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Re: The feeding thread (breast, bottle, and weaning)

Postby sammykins » Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:24 am

Hi Fitch - I'm not sure on exact amounts, but it sounds like your son should be taking more milk. How much does he have over the course of a day? How much does he weigh? What drinks does he have along with his meals? How much does he eat/what does he eat, solids-wise?
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Re: The feeding thread (breast, bottle, and weaning)

Postby Fitch » Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:25 am

Hi thanks for replying, he now has about 18 - 20 oz a day and 3 meals of fruit/veg/cereal of which he takes it all, I offer water with his food but seen as he doesn't take a lot of milk I tend to offer his normal formula, he weighs about 17lbs. He has never been a big milk drinker and prefers little and offten!!

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Re: The feeding thread (breast, bottle, and weaning)

Postby sammykins » Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:49 am

I'm sure 20oz a day is fine, as long as he has a varied and balanced diet too. My LO was only taking 20oz a day up until recently (and that's before we've even started weaning).
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Re: The feeding thread (breast, bottle, and weaning)

Postby Kasha » Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:09 pm

No idea pn quantities as all mine were/are breastfed butbjust wanted to say try not offering the formula at mealtimes, offer it in between i never gave mine boob at mealtimes unless they were particularly hungry.
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Re: The feeding thread (breast, bottle, and weaning)

Postby Fitch » Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:13 pm

Thanks ladies!!
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Re: The feeding thread (breast, bottle, and weaning)

Postby Yvette75 » Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:49 pm

Milk is the main diet up to 12 months and it is suggested that babies have a minimum of 18-20oz per day. It sounds fine at the moment but if you do become concerned then I would offer milk before solids and space them out so he doesn't learn that if he refuses milk he gets solids straight after.

My 8 month old has just dropped down to 20oz per day (she has 4 x 5oz bottles). She only has 2 meals per day which she feeds herself (we are doing BLWing) as I haven't yet introduced breakfast (bad mummy!!!!!) as we just don't have time for breakfast for her in the week with the school run.

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Re: The feeding thread (breast, bottle, and weaning)

Postby sammykins » Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:58 pm

That's a good point Kasha - did I read somewhere that milk shouldn't be given at mealtimes as it inhibits the absorption of certain vitamins/minerals, or something along those lines?
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Re: The feeding thread (breast, bottle, and weaning)

Postby kelly230977 » Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:09 pm

Sounds fine. My lg is 23wks and she has 22-24 oz a day plus porridge for breakfast, veg then fruit for lunch and same again for tea xx
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Re: The feeding thread (breast, bottle, and weaning)

Postby Kasha » Sun Apr 28, 2013 6:47 am

Yes i think so Sammy, it inhibits uptake of iron i think. Not sure where i read that tho. Drinking something high in vit c like orange or apple juice helps uptake of iron obviously not helpful for little ones but i give juice to my girls -nthe only time i let them have proper juice.

Fitch -dont forget that any milk in food counts towards it too, so milk for breakfast, yoghurts, cheese etc. again i'm not sure of the quantities and im sure someone will put me straight if im wrong but i think a fromage frais is a couple of oz milk?
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