pls help- want to give both formula and breast milk to 9 months old baby. he has only breastmilk....sometimes has little formula from his sipper or else not at all. trying to make him have water too.

Natasha F - posted on 11/29/2014 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hi moms, I've a 9 months old baby boy - Kian. He's been on breast milk since he was born. Now as he's growing day by day I feel the urge of giving him formula milk as advised by my pediatrician. But he sometimes either has little or nothing at all. He is also not having enough water. He's teething as well, as he keeps on biting on things and drooling. Pls help.

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Michelle - posted on 11/29/2014

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Solids are just for flavour and texture at the moment, not nutrition. All he needs is what you are giving him and if he's healthy and growing you shouldn't worry at all.
While teething babies usually don't want solids much as it hurts, just listen to what he wants, not what someone else is telling you you should be doing because they learned it at school.

Michelle - posted on 11/29/2014

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Yes, if that's what your baby wants. If he was hungry he would be fussing, and would probably take the formula.
Breastmilk is produced depending on demand. The greater the demand, the more supplied. If you start to introduce formula, you reduce the demand and in turn reduce your production. That in turn means you have to keep giving more formula. Breastmilk is so much better than formula, it's what is specifically made for your child, why go to formula? It doesn't fill them up anymore.
You should have started to introduce solids though.

Michelle - posted on 11/29/2014

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Obviously he is getting enough from your breastmilk. You can't force a baby to have more than they need so maybe don't listen to your doctor and just go with what your baby wants.

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Laurie - posted on 11/30/2014

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I agree with the other moms here. Listen to what your heart tells you you should be doing. If your son is not looking for more immediately after nursing then he is getting enough from you. Waking that many times is common for children who are teething as well, he may only be nursing to soothe himself from the pain. You should only switch to formula if you feel like it's the best choice, breast is best! But, again, only make the changes that you feels our son needs, if you need advice based on your own feelings there are lots of moms to help, but if you are trying to make these changes based on the pediatricians reccommendations then you will not be happy. He is your son, you are with him all the time, you know what he needs even if you are feeling unsure of yourself, you do know!

Dove - posted on 11/29/2014

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He will phase out the night feedings when he is ready. 3-4 times/night is exhausting for you, but fine for him. When he is older you can gently encourage him to go back to sleep w/out nursing, but at 9 months... it's fine.

Two of my kids were sleeping through the night on their own shortly after a year... one needed a little gentle encouragement and wasn't sleeping through the night til he was 2. All 3 are much older now... all happy and healthy.

Natasha F - posted on 11/29/2014

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Thanks Michelle. I wanted to ask how can I reduce night time feeding? He wakes up 3 to 4 times in the night for his feed.

Michelle - posted on 11/29/2014

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Try really soft foods like mashed potato, mashed banana etc. It's best to start with savoury things otherwise they can get a sweet tooth and not want to go the vegetables. Mashed carrot is also good, Don't freak out with the colour of what comes out the next day though!!! Avocado is a great source of vitamins as well.
You can feed them anything as long as it's mashed or pureed at this age. A few lumps would be good as well.
I never bought baby food, I always made my own. Just make sure that when you try a new food you give it a couple of days before trying another one, just to make sure there aren't any allergies.

Natasha F - posted on 11/29/2014

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Ok....what all should I give in solids? Sorry I'm a first time mother.....have loads of questions on my mind.

Natasha F - posted on 11/29/2014

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Thanks once again. I feel determined to give my milk only now. I've started with solids. I get nervous when he doesn't eat much.

Natasha F - posted on 11/29/2014

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Thx Michelle for replying. So u mean to say I should continue with breastfeeding only?

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