We saw the pedi today for DD's 9mo appt and she was a little concerned that DD is not gaining weight like she should be. She only gained 1.5lb in the last 3 months, despite nursing just as much & offering solids 2X a day. So she said to start offering solids 3X a day and do more finger foods (we were mostly spoon feeding her purees & baby cereal). So I'm wondering about a schedule and how I can fit this in, I really don't want to drop any nursing sessions...
Here is what I'm thinking, based on what she normally does right now (times vary quite a bit from day to day, but this is the gist) -
6:30am - nurse (both sides)
7:30 -8ish - oatmeal with EBM & mashed banana or applesauce
9:30am - nurse (one side, usually) & down for nap
12:00pm - nurse (sometimes one side, sometimes both)
1:00pm - offer solids ("lunch")
2:30pm - nurse (one side, usually) & down for nap
5:00pm - nurse (sometimes one side, sometimes both)
6:00 pm - offer solids ("dinner")
8:30pm - nurse (both sides) & down for the night
If I feel like she hasn't taken in enough, I will try to squeeze an extra session in there somewhere, depending on when she wakes up from her naps. Also, 3 days a week she goes to daycare & takes 4-4.5oz bottles at 9:30, 12:15 & 3:00, then I nurse when I get home around 6. So those days would be a little different...not sure how we'll fit "dinner" in on those days...
I'm curious what other mamas & babies do...does this look like it would work? I want to offer BM before each solid meal, then wait 45min to an hour before the solids so she's not too full. Also, what do you offer at each meal? The charts I've seen for what a baby her age is supposed to be eating (servings, etc.) look like so much food for her little tummy! Should I try to offer a fruit, veggie & protein/carb at lunch and dinner? That just seems like so much, and a lot wasted since she mainly just plays with it right now
Finally, what are some good things to try? Up until now we've mainly done fruits & veggies, cereal, puffs and today she had some graham cracker (which she seemed to really like). I'm thinking we'll try pasta, chicken, hummus with pita or crackers, along with some more fruits & veggies. She has a dairy intolerance (currently testing to see if she's over it or not), so that limits us a little bit.
Thanks for reading, and sorry this is so long, just trying to do the best I can for my baby girl! Thanks in advance for the advice!