solids - too much?

Julie - posted on 02/05/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son is 9 months old and has been on solids since 6 months. He is eating three meals a day consisting of a Stage 2 cereal with 1/2 a real banana for breakfast, 1/2 jar (3 oz) of a Stage 3 dinner and 3.5 oz of a fruit at lunch, and 1/2 jar Stage 3 dinner and 3.5 oz vegetable for supper. Sometimes I give him some banana puffs, the Gerber Very Berry Melts, or Waffle Wheels after his supper. Is that too much food? He is still consuming 12-13 oz of breastmilk at daycare but only nursing 6-7 times during a 24 hour period. First off I am worried that I have seen my pumping amounts decrease, but I'm also worried that he may be getting too many solids and not enough breastmilk. Can anyone give me any insight into this? Thanks!

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Dove - posted on 02/05/2015

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Like I said... I don't have ANY experience w/ pumping. I do know that by this age they are very efficient at getting the milk out in a short amount of time. 10-15 minutes is plenty long enough for him to do that. My son was a nursing 'fiend'.. lol And not into solids, so he was nursing a LOT more than your son. Big sister was a schedule fed nursling though and was probably only nursing 5-6 times in 24 hours at that same age.

As long as you allow him to nurse on demand when you are together and offer the nursing before the food... I'd say he's doing exactly what HE should be doing.

Dove - posted on 02/05/2015

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Is that 6-7 times in addition to the oz at daycare? It 'sounds' like it should be OK, but then I don't know which of those solids he's eating at daycare and which of those solids he's eating w/ you.

Do you nurse him (when you are together) before you give him food? If not... try that and see how it goes. Pumping is not a good indicator of supply. I know you have to pump for daycare, but gradually getting less output is normal (from what I hear... I wasn't a pumping mom). You may need to add a pumping session or two in there to continue getting more for him to have at daycare.

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Julie - posted on 02/05/2015

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Yes the 6-7 times is in addition to the ounces he is getting at daycare. However, he doesn't nurse for very long sessions with me (10-15 minutes) during the week. He does wake up 2-3 times in the night, and I nurse him each time. Lately, when he wakes up at 3:00AM I bring him into bed with me to nurse on demand until 5:00. On weekends he does nurse for longer sessions and more frequently as I allow him to feed on demand as well. I nurse him in the morning before he eats solids, which ends up being only a 5-10 minute long session. He eats lunch at daycare and I pick him up by 3:30. I also nurse him before his supper solids. I'm probably sounding paranoid but the decrease in milk supply when I pump, going from 4-5 ounces down to 2-3 ounces, is worrisome for me. Should I offer both sides at each feeding or should I pump the other side after he's nursed? Would that make a difference in building my supply? Thanks so much for your input! I truly appreciate any advice you may have:)

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