I've been giving Clara cereal at every meal (she just started getting 3 meals a day a couple weeks ago) plus a fruit with breakfast and a veg with lunch and dinner. I've noticed that alot of you don't do cereal at every meal. How often should I give it to her (she eats rice, oat and barley). Also, how much do you give each time (Clara's almost 6 months but has been on solids since 4 months). This is what I usually do, but now I'm wondering if it's not enough:
B - 1.5 tbsp cereal, 1 tbsp fruit
L - 2 tbsp cereal, 1 tbsp veg
D - 2.5 tbsp cereal, 1.5 tbsp veg
Sometimes I think she'd eat more, but I always nurse afterwards too (and sometimes right before). She also nurses lots in between feedings. It seems she's always cluster feeding! I don't want solids to stop her from nursing enough as she needs all of the calories she can get - she's a slow weight gainer but a fast grower. Between 4-5 months she grew 4cm but only gained 17oz! Also, her cereal is usually made with bm, though occasionally I have to use some water if I can't/haven't expressed enough.
Jayden has been on solids for around 2 weeks now, he is doing brilliantly, he has reduced his milk from 50-70oz in 24hours to 30-40oz in 24hours.
Today he had:
2:00am - 6oz
6:30am - 6oz
9:00am - 6oz
11:30am - blended blueberries mixed with 1spoon of organix rice, a few sips of water.
1:30pm - 6oz
4pm - 6oz and he had a taste of blended parsnips but he wasn't keen at all!
6:30pm - 6oz
However, he is all over the place with milk. He has the morning bottle but sometimes wont have the late morning one or sometimes takes less. The same with the late afternoon one. Now he refuses his night bottle (even if he has had little milk the rest of the day).
I cant get into a routine which is constant and am now worried. Today he has had about 19oz all day!
Maybe he doesn't need/want them bottles hun as long as he's getting at least 16-18oz milk a day plus solids it's fine Amelia was like this, think it was her letting us know that she didn't want the middle bottles anymore, she now has a 9oz in the morning and 9oz before bed
We have been giving pear 2x daily since LO was 6 weeks as thats how she takes her Losec, she only got a baby spoon full.
Recently we have upped that a little to a couple of teaspoons and I have been mixing in a little prune juice (she gets awfully constipated) and rice cereal to thicken it back up.
For a number of days she seemed to really enjoy it, she was taking a reasonable amount, opening her mouth like a little baby bird and waving her feet about in excitement.
Over easter we had a set back as her reflux flared up badly due to me only having generic omeprazol not Losec for her, she went off her food (all food, incl milk)
She taking her milk better now (back up to 20-24oz a day rather than 10-12oz) but shes still really disinterested in her puree. She has to take a small amount for the Losec, we put just enough on the spoon to hold the granules then pop it into her mouth when she opens it to laugh/smile/grizzle. Its not ideal but she HAS to have the meds.
Any idea for making puree time fun again?
I was thinking of doing them at a non-Losec time, so may be mid morning? She doesn't have the extrusion reflux anymore, and on a good day can easily eat a couple of table spoons, she is able to move the puree from the front to the back of her mouth easily.
I was going to wait and do BLW, but her Paed wants her to start some light sweet fruit and/or veg purees now to help her oral aversion issues (she can get very upset if she doesn't want the bottle etc)
Farie, I would just start trying different foods since she's 4 months now and she needs to have solids to take her meds. We started weaning at just over 4 months on the pediatrician's advice as well and Clara took to all foods quite well. Butternut squash and sweet potato were two of the first veg she ate. I make her food so it was thicker than the strained jars. At 6 months I also started offering her finger foods and we now do a combination of tw and blw. I hope this helps.
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