I took my son for his 4 month check up today and he has gained 20 ounces (went from 10.15, to 12.3) in the past month. My kids tend to be lean and tall, so while on the lower end of the scale I was happy with his weight gain.
I mentioned to the doctor that in the past week he has gone from waking up at 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. to waking up every 3 hours. I was hoping she would give me some information on the 4 month sleep regression I have read about. She however, suggested that I start him on rice cereal in the evening. I was wanting to avoid solid till 6 months, and am leaning towards going against her advice. Is that a bad idea?
My other question is with regards to how much breast milk a 4 month old should take via the bottle. I go back to work on December 2, and my baby will be with the nanny from 8a.m. to 6 p.m. I was planning to feed him before I left for work and as soon as I get home. I had planned on the nanny having to give 3 - 4 bottles totaling 12 ounces. The doctor suggested 5 to 6 ounces every 4 hours. I honestly don't think I can pump that much of milk. Is 12 ounces that I was thinking of sufficient?