Re: Help with solids
As you introduce solids, the breastfeeding will tapper off some. When they start eating solids, you are technically beginning the weaning process. Your baby needs a minimum of 17 ounces of BM a day (unless your doc says otherwise). How many times does she breastfeed a day? My son breastfeeds 4-5 times a day, so to get 17 ounces of BM, he needs to be getting a little over 4 ounces at each feeding. I'm sure he's at least getting that. If your baby eats more often than that, then she would need to be getting even less than that at each feeding. Grantid, 17 ounces is the minimum and most babies eat more than that, but hopefully it at least puts your mind to rest. Babies are very good at telling you what they need. When my son needs to nurse and it is meal time, he refuses the food until he nurses. I wouldn't pump to keep up your supply. Your body adjusts to what your baby needs, so if she doesn't need more, then there is no reason for you to go through all of that. As far as the sleeping through the night, I agree with the pp...formula is not going to make the baby sleep longer. My doc told me that around 4-5 months, babies have better memory and they begin to realize that when they cry, mom comes to get them instead of putting themselves back to sleep. So, if you are not one for the cry it out method and you are ok with going in to feed her everytime she wakes up, then don't worry about it. With my son, I've started going into his room and reassuring him (picking him up and telling him he's ok) and maybe changing his diaper, then I lay him back down. He's usually asleep by the time I get back to my bed. That way, he doesn't get used to eating at night, but he still feels secure that I will come for him if he needs me. Good luck!!!
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