Hi all. My son will be 12 weeks old this coming Wednesday. I am so proud that I have been able to exclusively breastfeed so far. I am planning on breastfeeding until he weans, my goal being to not ever use formula with him.
I have a question for you all. My Mother-in-law keeps bringing up putting cereal in a pumped bottle at night. Mind you, she did not exclusively breastfeed - to my horror she told me that she actually fed my husband evaporated milk mixed with karo syrup the whole time because she said it was all he would keep down with his reflux. She justified it by saying she added liquid vitamins to it.
My son also has reflux issues, but it is not affecting his growth or weight, so we are just rolling with it for now.
He sleeps fairly well through the night. We usually put him down between 8 and 9. He typically goes 5-6 hours before wanting to eat again, he will eat, then go back to sleep for another 3-4 hours and then be up for the day. The longest he has ever gone is 8 hours.
It seems to bother her that he eats during the night and keeps pushing the cereal. It does not really bother me too much that he wakes up to eat through the night. My preference would be to NOT use cereal.
Do you all have any opinions on this? I am not going to do the cereal yet, but my concern is that as he gets older he might start to get up more at night. I do not know if this is the case or not.
Also, any opinions on how to convince my Mother-in-Law that breast milk alone is sufficient? She asked the other day how long I was going to do it and seemed mortified when I said we wanted to exclusively breastfeed until 5 or 6 months and then continue until he weaned which could be over a year.
Thank you all in advance!!