I have 7 month old b/g twins. They were exclusively breastfed until 6 months, and then we started solids and I went back to work.
So for the last month they've been getting the milk that I pump while at work (12 ounces each) and one solids meal while I'm gone, and then breastfeeding on demand while I'm home.
The solids meal that they're currently eating is a 1/4 avocado pureed with 1/4 banana (for each baby), which works out to being nutritionally very similar to 4 oz of breast milk in terms of the fat, carbs, and protein content.
When I get home late, and the babies are hungry before I'm home, they get a second solids meal to tide them over. Thing is, they seem to sleep better on those nights, which makes me think they need the extra calories on a daily basis, not just when I'm late. (Although they have gained weight well in the last month, so I'm not super worried about their caloric intake.) On the nights when they got 2 "avonana" shakes, they only wake once or twice each at night, and are relatively easy to nurse and then put back down. On the nights when they only got 1 "avonana" shake during the day, I pretty much spend the entire night with one baby or the other nursing on top of me while I try to sleep.
I would love to give them the extra calories by pumping more, but I'm struggling to pump 12 ounces per baby while I'm gone. With my job it's hard to squeeze in the time, and my nipples have started hurting again. It's hard to tell what's due to the fact that the babies have now started occasionally biting me with TEETH (a whole different topic!), versus what's due to pumping so much, but you can see little points of blood under the skin on the left side -- I just can't pump more.
The trouble with giving them 2 avocado/banana shakes daily is that then I'm afraid they're getting too much of their calories from solids too early, and that nutritionally maybe I should be giving them a little formula instead. (They haven't gotten any formula yet, and I'm resistant to the idea, but maybe I need to get over that for the sake of their nutrition?)
If they're eating about 25 ounces of milk per 24 hours (that's a guess, since I still nurse them directly a lot), then that's about 500 calories. One avocado-banana shake is about 75 calories. So that's 75 out of 575 calories, which is 13%, which seems okay. 2 avocado-banana shakes, however, would be 25%, which seems like maybe it's too much for 7 month olds.
So, do I
a) give them 2 avocado/banana shakes every day instead of just 1
b) give 1 formula meal daily in addition to the 1 solids meal and the breastmilk
c) stick with the current plan and continue getting up with fussy babies all stinkin' night long?
All insight and advice welcome. Thanks!!!!