I'm new here and I have SO many questions. I'm just going to write a summary here with some questions, they're not all relating to the subject "solids", but I hope someone can help me? I seem to be so insecure about this whole feeding thing! It might be long, sorry!
My daughter is 9 months old, 6.5 months adjusted - she was born 10 weeks premature. She is still only (almost) 12 lbs, and she has been on breastmilk (pumped, given to her in bottle) since she was born. Before last week's stomach bug, she took about 21 ounces a day in 5 or six feedings.Now the bug is gone, she's been drinking about 25 ounces. She feeds approx. every 3 hours, her last feeding being near 8 at night, right before she goes to bed. Her first feeding is either when she wakes up (if she sleeps through the night) around 7 or 8, or at about 4am.
Her ped. says introducing solids isnt nec. yet, his rhetoric is that 1000 yrs ago babies didn't get solids until they were 2? However, he says we can go ahead, and that her weight isn't an issue.
1. Today we introduced rice cereal to her. She probably had a tsp full and she didnt even seem to want to push it back - I don't know if she wanted to play with the spoon and just chew it (she has no teeth yet, and according to the ped, none are coming any time soon, though friends say the opposite, she chews and drewls like crazy), but she did well.
Q: Is it ok? How much do I give her tomorrow? When do I introduce mushed bananas? Any good links on how much, how long, etc? The gerber site sayd babies should be 13 lbs and eating more than 32 ounces a day, she's nto anywhere near that, yet when I eat, she can't keep her eyes off of my food and mouth! Same when my husband eats.
2. The pumping has taken it's toll on me. I started out pumping at least 20 ounces every 3 hours (8 times a day) for the first few months (I was a cow!!) and am now down to pumping 3 times a day. I barely get enough for her, and now she's really increasing what she wants to eat! I can't and for my own health and sanity, do not want to start pumping more than I am (frequency), and am thinking I'm going to have to introduce her to formula soon (wish I didn't have to...)
Q1: Can I mix formula with breastmilk?
Q2: Can I feed her BM one feeding, formula the next etc.
Q3: Is it true that with us introd. solids to her, if we now introduce formula to her she's going to get contipated. Is it too much change for her?
Q4: Do you have to use boiled water to make form. or is bottled water ok? (spring water from walmart)?
3. I don't have enough BM for her today, so after we gave her the solids and I wanted to give her a bottle, I gave her some defrosted milk. I have a bunch of milk frozen BUT... the milk I defrosted is about 3 months old (was stored in medela bottle with yellow lid, the ones they give you in the NICU). When I tasted it it tasted like her dribble/spit up smells! My husband tried it (haha, what a guy!) and said it was ok, but i was sure it tasted kinda sour. I gave it to her anyways, she didn't seem to have a problem with it, but stopped at 2.5 ounces (because she had just gotten the little rice cereal). When I smelled the bottle and leftover milk afterwards, it was gross!!! I'm afraid I fed her bad milk.... (Oh, I mixed it with some refrig milk pumped this morning so it didn't taste so bad)
Q: Do you think I did, and what will the consequences be?
Q: How can my milk be bad??? (Regular freezer, on top of fridge/part of fridge, but with seperate door and all )
That's it for now... sorry for the long first post, and for all the different q's. I just feel really insecure, and like all of you I'm sure just want what's best for my baby. I know breastmilk is, and I have tried as long as I can, but I can't get back to pumping more frequently. (Each pumping session takes 30 mins at least, and my nipples have little red spots on em, I think I'm overdoing it??)
Thanks in advance for all your replies... (please keep in mind she's a preemie, and only 12 lbs/9 months old.)