Hi (new to this forum!) - I am returning to work in two and a half months and have questions about weaning, since I don't want to force DD to go 'cold turkey'.
Currently, I am BF DD six times a day, and feed solids three times a day. I tried twice to introduce formula and met with firm rejection (spit up BM and solids).
Other than BM, DD drinks liquids (water/diluted juice) from an Advent sippy cup trainer (with the clear silicone stopper removed), but doesn't take a great deal of liquid (probably 80-120ml/day, which is why I'm still BF six times a day, to ensure adequate fluid intake). I don't feel I can get any more food/liquid into DD! My questions:
- Does anyone BF their baby twice a day only (morning and night) - can an adequate milk supply for two BF/day be maintained without pumping (it won't be practical to pump once I return to work)?
- Has anyone come across information relating to a norm for daily urinary output for infants? I have a really hard time with judging wet diapers! My concern is that DD's morning diaper is very strong smelling, and her total output in a given day is currently about 16oz (I'm weighing her diapers), not sure if that is adequate. No other symptoms of dehyration, though.
- Does anyone have experience/advice on how to transition from BF to sippy cup that ensures adequate fluid intake and calories during the weaning process? DD's doctor recommends against cow's milk until one year. I'm not too keen on formula, based on our first experiences.
Any advice or experience would be greatly appreciated - thank you!