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    Cool eating too much? formula for calories?

    my lo is 5 1/2 months and he's been eating solids (and still nursing) for about a month. we started him on solids because he was really beginning to show interest in our food (watched us like a hawk, reached for food, made chewy faces when he saw us eating) and his weight was a little low. the doctor suggested it, even though he isn't sitting up yet, we put him in the bumbo.

    he's a champion eater and has eaten everything we've given him (mostly spooned purree's for now plus some prunes and frozen mangoes in one of those baby-self-feeder-bag-pacifier thingys). sometimes we add cereal to the purees and sometimes we don't.

    i'm feeling unsure of a couple of things though. he eats SO much! (sometimes 2 of the bigger jars of food in a sitting!) i don't want to overfeed him, but the doctor suggested he's probably pretty hungry since he wasn't gaining much weight. i want to encourage good eating habits though and sometime don't feed him more -- even if he's insisting -- if he's eaten a large amount already. i can't find any guidelines about how much he should be eating.

    also, the doctor suggested we start to augment with some formula to give him more calories. aside from him hating the formula we got for him, i don't quite understand how this will work. he always nurses until he's satisfied and to try to give him formula afterwards to 'top him off' as the dr suggested... well, let me just say it didn't go well and i was sure in those moments that if my baby could swear at me, he would have.... do any of you have luck augmenting with formula?

    also... we've started with organic jarred food, but have sometimes just whirled up some of the veggies we've cooked for dinner, etc. for him. yesterday there was great enthusiasm to feed him everything from the thanksgiving table, i nixed the 'first turkey' plan that was formulating but went with mashed potatoes with some cranberry sauce mixed in... not really thinking about the sour cream in the potatoes or the sugar in the cranberries... i'd love to get to a place where i just whirl up some of what we're eating so he gets used to the spices and tastes we enjoy... but we cook with oils and butter and lots of things that are probably going to be tough on his system. when have others started feeding their babies in this way?

    i can't believe it's time for solids already. it made me a little sad at first, but he's still nursing -- in fact, sometimes it seems like now his appetite is even bigger and he wants to nurse even more.

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    Default Re: eating too much? formula for calories?

    Hi!
    Here are a few links that I found helpful when we were starting solids. My little guy loves food too!
    http://www.llli.org/FAQ/solids.html
    http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/so...ay-solids.html
    http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/so...lids-when.html
    http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/so...rst-foods.html
    http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/so...ger-foods.html
    What I learned was that breastmilk should be the baby's main source of nutrition for the first year. Solids are for experimentation and fun more than filling up their bellies. Also, breastmilk has more fat & calories than formula and many other foods so as far as weight gain goes breastmilk is where its at! Here's a few more links.
    http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/mi...kcalories.html
    http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vi...dcalories.html

    Instead of trying to add formula, maybe you could try to cut back on solids and nurse more. If you nurse him first at meatimes and then feed solids, you could be more confident that he is getting the nutrients/calories he needs and he can still have fun eating like the "big people".
    HTH!
    Katie
    Just one more fanatical cloth diaper convert...
    Mom to Morgan (01/10/04) and Zachary (07/12/06)
    What are M & Z up to now?

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    Default Re: eating too much? formula for calories?

    I think your doctor is pretty ill-informed about nutrition. First of all BM has more calories than all the pureed foods which means the more your baby fills his little stomach with them the less weight gain will result. Formula is not an a good way to ensure weight gain either unless you have a low supply problem. I suggest cutting the solids and BFing as much as possible, that is how babies gain weight.

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    Default Re: eating too much? formula for calories?

    Quote Originally Posted by FluffyN View Post
    If you nurse him first at meatimes and then feed solids, you could be more confident that he is getting the nutrients/calories he needs and he can still have fun eating like the "big people".
    HTH!
    oh good! i'm already doing this. thanks!

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    Default Re: eating too much? formula for calories?

    well, i may be having supply issues. i suspect this for a few reasons. lately, the length of time between feedings has decreased again. he's been enormously crabby and not napping. when i actually do have a chance to pump, i rarely get more than 4 ounces total. (i know he gets more than the pump though.) i've taken/drank fenugreek, beer, tried accupressure... the strange upside is he's crashed out for a long portion of the late evening, making hubby and i into night owls...

    i think starting him with solids was the right thing to do, but i will read up on those links, thanks. lo was showing all the signs of interest though when we started, except the sitting up thing. he's now even figured out the concept of sharing food and taking turns. the other night when hubby and i were sharing a caramel apple, i was holding him on my hip. hubby passed me the apple when lo leaned in to intercept the apple with his little mouth... wanting his turn! we turned it so he didn't get the caramel and he gummed it a little, looking curious. then passed it between us and he swooped in again for another go. it was so damn cute!

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