What's a better nutritional supplement for a 4 m.o.?

Rita - posted on 10/21/2015 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My 4 month old son has been exclusively breastfed so far, but it looks like I have to start supplementing at this point. I'm quite biased against the formula, to be honest, and deep in my heart would rather start him on rice or oatmeal cereal than add 1-2 formula feedings. On the other hand, I know with the solids it's best to wait till 6 months so the stomach and intestines form and start working better for "real" food.
What was your experience with adding something to breast milk? what would cause less damage? :)

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Sarah - posted on 10/22/2015

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Cereals have MUCH less nutritional value than formula. As Jodi has stated do your research before you have a bias. People may have a bias, but if they don't do their research their bias might just be a myth. You can also look into a breastmilk bank if you want to stick with only breastmilk. Either way breastmilk or formula is the most important nutrition for the first year and no type of baby food takes that place.

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Jeanette - posted on 10/23/2015

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I had breast fed but it didn't work out at 3 mos my daughter had to be put on Enifameal with iron. It worked out really good.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 10/22/2015

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Formula. It is specifically formulated to be as close to mother's milk as possible (thus all of the fats and sugars). Cereal, oatmeal, etc, do NOT have the nutritional value. They are basically empty calories.

Do more research. Your son could be hitting a growth spurt, or as Dove suggested, you are not responding well to the pump. It does NOT mean that you are a bad mother if you have to use formula, by the way. There are PLENTY of us who were NOT able to breastfeed at all, despite many desperate attempts on our part, and the myth that formula babies have horrible mothers is discouraging. For example, I tried to bf, but was literally STARVING my sons. They both were put on formula before even 6 weeks, and both are healthy, happy adults now. Even then, when it was more common to introduce semi-solids at earlier ages, they weren't given any until around 6 months, and then it wasn't for nutritional value, but to get them used to the idea of transitioning.

Dove - posted on 10/22/2015

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Oh... and breast milk has tons of fat and sugar... that's why formula has it because it is man's best attempt at recreating breast milk. ;)

Dove - posted on 10/22/2015

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You could very well have plenty of milk and your body is just not responding well to the pump anymore. Please do NOT start your baby on food yet. If you can not find a way to get more from the pump you will have to use formula. It's not the 'best' milk for him (obviously, you know breast milk is), but it is the best OTHER option if he can't get enough breast milk.

Jodi - posted on 10/22/2015

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Fats and sugars are not always bad things. Babies need certain types of fats and sugars to assist their brain development - these are the fats contained in formulas. Sugar also does not mean sugar in the form of "table sugar". It is lactose. Lactose is in all animal milks, including those in humans. A breastfed child also receives sugar (and fats). If you decide you are biased against something, please make sure you do your research.

I will also just point out that cereals do NOT have these necessary fats and sugars in them.

Rita - posted on 10/21/2015

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Thank you Jodi!
I just keep thinking about all the fats and sugars formula has... But hey, at least I admit I am biased! I have also heard from the pediatrician that in some cases babies under 6 months can start on solids and cereals if they are constantly hungry, so cereals must not be too bad.

I've been low on my milk supply for over a week now. And this morning before leaving for work I realized I neither have the usual 10 oz to leave for him, nor can pump any more, and there's no more frozen milk stashed away. Either I don't have enough milk, or it's not nutritious enough. Also, my son still spits up every now and then...

Jodi - posted on 10/21/2015

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Cause less damage? Formula. This has been specifically designed for the immature digestive system of infants, whereas their digestive systems are not ready for solids. I am a little baffled that you are biased against formula and yet think rice or oatmeal cereal would be suitable. Cereals have very little nutritional value in them anyway. Formula is by far superior in that respect.

What makes you think you need to supplement? He may just be going through a growth spurt and need more frequent feeding for a while to increase your milk supply.

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