Re: EBF 6 mo & started solids
If your baby has no problems gaining weight, you do not need to do anything to increase your supply. Your supply is just right!
She weighted 15lbs. 120z. She has no gaining issues. My questions are simple. How do I increase supple?
If you need to increase your supply- and it sounds like you don't!- here's how you do it:
1. Nurse on demand.
2. If baby is demanding to nurse less than 8 times a day, offer the breast more frequently. At 6 months, many babies are very distractable, so offering in a calm, dimly lit place (e.g. a darkened bedroom) may result in more nursing.
3. If baby is sleeping long stretches at night, wake her up and nurse her. If she is sleeping swaddled, or with a pacifier, removing those 2 sleep-extending tools may result in more spontaneous wake-ups.
4. Pump after feedings, using a good quality pump with correctly sized shields.
5. Pump consistently. A single pump session at a random time will not result in much milk yield or offer you much in the way of increased supply, though it absolutely won't hurt to slip in a random session. But pumping at approximately the same time of day every day for many days in a row should result in a boosted supply.
6. Keep your expectations realistic. A mom who is nursing on demand will not have much milk to pump out after nursing. In fact, she may yield nothing at all, especially when she first begins pumping.
7. Review your contraception choices. One thing which can impact supply or prevent it from increasing is hormonal contraception; if a mom really needs to increase supply, she may want to switch from hormonal contraception to a barrier method or other non-hormonal option.
Once solids are introduced, you have begun the weaning process. What you might not realize is that weaning is a process which can extend for several years after solids are intorudiced. For example, I started solids around 6 months with both my kids, and they both continued to nurse until age 3.
How do I introduce solids without baby weaning off Breast milk?
Here are some tips for keeping solids from resulting in early weaning:
1. Remember that until the first birthday, solids are for fun with new tastes, textures, and motor skills. They are not necessary for nutrition, as breastmilk or formula alone should be the baby's majority source of calories until the first birthday. After the first birthday, solids intake may increase or the baby may want to remain mostly breastfed well into the second year; many babies do not transition to a majority solids diet until 18 months or so.
2. Until a year, offer solids only after you have nursed. That way baby fills up on milk, and solids are just for fun.
3. Offer reasonable amounts. At 6 months, a teaspoon or two of solid food a day is sufficient. As you get closer to a year, the baby's intake of solids may increase, or the baby may remain mostly breastfed.
4. Follow your baby's cues. If your baby is opening her mouth for the spoons leaning forward eagerly, she's interested. If she closes her mouth or would rather play with her food, she's not interested in eating.
5. Remember that solids are for fun! Touching/smearing/smashing/throwing solids is all part of the learning process, and should not be discouraged. (Well, maybe throwing. ) Expect things to get messy, and try to embrace the mess as a sign that your child is learning something new and fun.
6. Look into something called "baby-led weaning" or "baby-led solids"- there are lots of threads here on the forum about both- for an approach that emphasizes self-feeding, generally skips purees and cereals, and can lead to better self-regulation of solid food intake.
NO. Bad, outdated advice, meant for a mom who wants to wean from breast or bottle as quickly as possible.
Is my child lacking an nutritional value by not feeding her 3X daily, as per Ped.
It depends on what your goals are. Are you wanting to incorporate the occasional bottle for a sitter, or are you going back to full-time work? Or something in between?
How often and when do I pump for storage?
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