Bottles , food , formula

Kerry - posted on 07/21/2016 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I have only been nursing my baby and have never used bottle , I want to start transioning Her to use them as I was given formula from pedestrian to try. Need some advice ? The other question I have is what other foods can I give her is 81/2 months as I have only given her rice cereal or portage with her fruit or vegetable in it ? How do I make routine of nursing , feed her cereal or portage and trying formula ? Sorry I know it a lot , I am a first time and trying figure this out .

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Dove - posted on 07/21/2016

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Why did the pediatrician give you formula? Is your baby growing, thriving, and staying hydrated? There is no logical reason to introduce bottles and/or formula if baby is doing well and you do not have to leave baby for a long period of time. So for that my advice would be to donate the formula and keep nursing.

As far as the food goes... if baby is interested she can have soft, easy to manage foods like soft fruits, cooked veggies (like carrots and sweet potato), easy to mash or dissolve finger foods... Or you can keep w/ purees if baby isn't interested in texture just yet.

Basically nurse whenever baby is hungry and offer a bit of food once or twice a day during your regular mealtime and let her be in charge of how much she eats.

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Sarah - posted on 07/23/2016

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I agree with Dove and when my kids were tiny and seemed to only nurse I'd remind myself: food is for fun until age one.
You can start letting her try to self feed a few cheerios, and if she is tolerating texture, you can give her nearly anything you might eat. Avoiding dairy if she has an allergy, and no peanuts or honey until the doctor give the ok. Making your own babyfood is not hard and there are lots of tips to be found online.

Dove - posted on 07/22/2016

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Oh... and make sure the water is just an occasional thing a couple of ounces a few times/week should be fine, but too much water poses risks as well. :)

Dove - posted on 07/22/2016

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Yeah, nursing more than 6 times in 24 hours is great. I was just thinking that would be a minimum. If I remember correctly that's right about how many times my schedule fed twins were nursing at that age. My son, on the other hand, nursed 10-20 times a day/night until he was over a year and a half! lol ♥

Kerry - posted on 07/22/2016

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Thank you so much for the advice , will give it a try . She feeds more than 6 time in 24 hours and I will cut back on her food , try twice a day not three time a day for her . I started giving her food at 6 months as she would sleep for an hour and wake up crying , I would change her , nurse her and nothing helped except rice cereal before she went to bed , if I didn't do that she would cry for very long time and not go back to sleep . I will also stop giving her juice and give water a few times if wants it .

Dove - posted on 07/21/2016

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Don't give her juice. Useless calories and sugar. A couple of ounces of water a couple times/week w/ the sippy cup is fine to get them used to a cup. Actually... unless you are planning on weaning at a year (w/ milk allergy 'I' wouldn't and would breastfeed as long as possible) she doesn't even really need a sippy cup at this point unless she WANTS to have a bit of water on occasion. The only food/drink a child under 12 months REALLY needs is breast milk (as long as they are allowed access to it whenever they want).

Food 3 times a day is a bit much at her age, but I suppose as long as you are nursing her at least 6 times in 24 hours it 'should' be OK. ♥

Kerry - posted on 07/21/2016

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I was give the formula as an extra, to put in her soppy cup other than apple juice . She is allergic to milk and soy as she has very bad eczema. As far food goes I have been giving her the cereal in the morning mixed in with her squeeze packs of food gerber or some other brands . Haven't tried to many cooked food , only one I have tried is mash potatoes which she loves , will try others. She nurses well and wants eat food about 3 times a day. Got those squeeze packs to introduce food like fruits and vegetables. Figured she doesn't like certain foods for example : peas , carrots , pears , sweet potatoes , green beans . Ones she loves are : apple sauce , prunes , bananas , peaches . The other foods have to mixed together in order for to eat them . Thank you for your advice , I will give it a try .

Dove - posted on 07/21/2016

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Oh... and breast milk actually has all the calories and nutrients her body NEEDS under a year... so don't worry if she's not too interested in the process of eating just yet.

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