Re: is baby always hungry?
peds often still push the (outdated) advice to supplement cereals before 6 months.
why are you pumping now? just to practice for being back at work etc? i hear you about how hard it is for you with the frequent feeding, but you really only need enough milk for your first day back; during that day you'll pump for the 2nd day. so getting ANY extra right now is bonus. aim for 1-1.5 oz per hour you're away, and also check out the kellymom article on bottle feeding the breastfed baby http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/f...ottle-feeding/. from what you're describing about your MIL, you're going to have some challenges with overfeeding and with solids. if i were you, i'd want to know ahead of time exactly what lines i would draw (eg, are you actually ok with her giving cereals at 4 months while you're at work? are you actually ok with her overfeeding milk and risking you not being able to pump enough, then having to supplement with formula? etc.) run through some scenarios in your head and decide how you feel about them, what you'll fight for, what things you're willing to let go, etc. lots of us here can help you negotiate the issues you want to negotiate! and remember: YOU're the mama, so it's your (and your DH's) word that matters, no matter how MIL or DP wants to do it!
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