Re: 7 M- issues w/bottle, food, & milk s
What you describe sounds pretty normal for a 7 month old baby. Until a year, breastmilk (or formula) alone are sufficient to meet baby's nutritional needs, and solids are just for exploring new tastes, textures, and motor skills. Many babies do not begin to consume a majority-solids diet until well into their second year. So not eating solids is par for the course!
A lot of babies also do not enjoy being spoon-fed. You might want to search the forum for threads on "baby led solids" (BLS), an approach in which you put healthy solids in front of the baby and let him self-feed. I used this approach with my first because she hated being spoon-fed, and with my second because it was so much easier than purees and spoons.
As long as baby continues to nurse happily, gain weight, and produce adequate wet diapers, there's nothing wrong with your supply. After you've been nursing for a while, it's normal to feel "empty" almost all the time. You really only feel "full" when you are making extra milk, and after a while the body adjusts supply to meet demand very precisely, without a lot of extra left over. This is desirable, because having a well-adjusted supply means less risk for nasty things like plugged ducts and mastitis. However, if you have a supply that is too low, nursing on demand and/or increasing the frequency and duration of your pumping will boost it right back up. (It's also worth noting that the rate of weight gain in a breastfed baby typically declines after 6 months, as baby becomes increasingly mobile and starts putting calories into action instead of fat. So if your baby slips some percentiles on the charts, that is entirely normal.)
Regarding the bottle issue, it sounds like you might want to do the following:
- try different bottles
- try sippy cups
- try straw cups
- have dad really try to get in some bottle practice once a day, preferably when you are out of the house
- taste your expressed milk, and make sure there are no lipase issues (excess lipase enzyme can make expressed milk taste awful even when storage guidelines are followed correctly)
Hopefully one of those things will work, but there are no guarantees!
The one thing that would concern me is the illness that seems to be troubling your LO. Have you taken him in to the doctor?
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