My little one will be 5 months in 1.5 weeks. I work full time and he is at child care. Until this week I've been sending 4 4 oz (16 oz total) to get him through the 8-9.5 hours that we are apart.
Last Friday and again today (he was home yesterday) after his mid day feed (bottle 3) he's been hungry so they give him another two oz. He's been with his ladies for 2 months and they know how to read their cues. On our drive home, after just finishing a 4 oz bottle I also got the 'feed me NOW' signals.
I had been struggling to pump the 16 oz a day- pumping at work, in the evening after he's asleep, and then in the morning before we leave. Now that he wants closer to 18+ oz I don't think I can keep up. At home he's nursing 4-7 times between 5-7
Our ped suggested cereal at 5 months, and he is showing all of the signs on being ready. I know most ladies on this board wouldn't recommend solids before 6 months, but is it better to go with formula?
If we go with oatmeal, I was going to start with 1 tsp of cereal and 4 tsp of cereal. Then ramp up to 1 tbsp, then 2 tbsp of cereal. At what point do you move to feeding multiple points a day? How quickly do you increase the amount of cereal? When do you start to increase the thickness from a 1:4 ratio?