How to juggle real food and breastmilk in a 7 month old.
November 9, 2012 8:59 AM Subscribe
Feeding a 7 month old, how much liquid/breastmilk is necessary?
posted by katers890 to health & fitness (22 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So my baby took a long time to be willing to eat food that wasn't breastmilk, but now that he's got it figured out, he's all about the real food. We were going with a schedule of real food breakfast, lunch, and dinner and breastmlik other times. And that was going great up until the kiddo decided that eating real food was doing it fine for him pretty much all day. And now I'm concerned he isn't getting enough liquid/breastmilk for his age, but I'm not sure how much is enough, though he's our second, the first kept up the breastfeeding to a higher degree even after food introduction so we are scratching our heads with this one.
We make our own baby food so quantities are a bit vague, but basically for breakfast he has baby oatmeal mixed with 2 oz of breastmilk (something like 1/4 a cup of oatmeal, maybe a bit more?), plus a full yogurt (the stoneyfield baby ones which are bigger than the smallest ones, but not quite the size of a normal adult one), plus 4 or so ice cubes of fruit. Lunch and dinner tend to be the same oatmeal (though sometimes we skip this), plus 6-11 icecubes of food or so (depending on how much he wants to eat). Basically we feed him till he's done eating.
However, now he's only nursing 1x when he wakes in the night or early morning, and then has been given 1 bottle while I'm at work, and while I tried upping this bottle, he's drinking less and less of it (yesterday he only had about 3oz). He's dropped both the other morning and evening feeding.
So now I'm concerned he's not getting enough liquid/breastmilk each day. That said, he's a huge baby, 98% height, 75-80th for weight and he's not acting hungry any other time. His BMs are fine, a good consistency, he seems to be peeing less, but I work all day so I'm not sure exactly how many pee diapers he has.
Should I be trying to get more milk into him? Should I cut back on some of the food, stopping feeding him earlier and seeing if he wants to nurse? Or is this all fine and I should just let him go at his pace?