I would like some advice for my 5 month old. He is about 5 Â½ month old. He has been breastfed since birth. For the last month we have introduced baby cereal and formula with his milk so I can wean him.
The reason is because he already has a tooth and is has been showing major signs of needed more than my milk. We are now at the potin where we feed him baby cereal or baby food twice a day. Along with breast milk mixed with formula. As of Friday I will stop pumping at work.
I would like to feed at night and in the morning but I want him to be on just formula and food in the day.
How much should I feed him. Is there anyway to avoid formula all together? Can I just give him cereal and food. And how much should he eat in one sitting? I usually feed him about 3 oz. Is this too much? What have you guys done? Do you have any suggestions on how to wean?
I really hope he does ok. I think he will though. Thanks ladies
When my kids were 5 months, I supplemented two of their daily bottles with baby food. I let them eat until they fussed or were full. Its best not to push them to eat it if they don't want to. They still need the nutrients from formula or breastmilk. At six months I replaced 3 of their bottles with baby food, then at 8, four. I kept the 4 until they were a year old and on mostly solids. At a year old they got one bottle of formula a day, which lasted until they were two. That was my way of doing things. They were both very healthy. Now, I do want to add that I also supplemented any iron that they may have been missing due to the switch from formula to solids with Enfamil iron drops. I don't know if there is another brand of vitamin drops out there, so I hope no one thinks I am favorable to the pricey Enfamil drops. It has been awhile since I have had babies in my life, so I do not know if there is a cheaper brand out there or not.
I also want to add that at 8 months old, my little ones were still getting eight 4oz bottles of formula a day. But 4 of those bottles were replaced by baby food. This was due to both of them having gastric issues related to their prematurity. If you are giving less feedings but larger quantities, I would suggest this:
if your baby takes in 5 eight ounce bottles a day, split two of those bottles into 4 oz bottles, and supplement the missing 4 oz with baby food. For six ounce bottles, split two of the bottles into 3 oz and two 3oz servings of baby food. As long as your baby is growing and happy, continue to slowly introduce more baby food.
Thanks so much. Well so far my son has taken to formula well. Im surprised and so proud of him. I thought this would be harder on us. What a releif!
I think we are on the right track...i just dont want my baby to be overfed. My mom tends to think any whine is because hes hungry. Im thinking of making a schedule for her to follow instead of her feeding him whenever the thought occurs to her.
lol my mother is the same way. and im terrified im over feeding my lil girl .. she 5 months old and i feed her in the morn around ten when she wakes up i feed her a 4 oz formula bottle and an entire 2nd stage baby food.. then in the next 6 hours i feed her another 4 oz bottle and another whole jar of food. then around 10 or 11 at night i feed her a 6 oz rice and formula.. but now her schedual is all screwd up and shes wanting food every four hours.. am i over feeding her?.. she wants the whole 45 oz and the whole jar and she then seems satisfied until the next four hours . im confused and a first time mommy.. i dnt knw what to do .. HELPP!
everytime your little has a growth spurt she will eat more and more often but if she is going every 6 hours thats kinda to long in between usually it is every 4 hours sometimes 5. but it makes for a nice night time sleeping scedule. in the morning try mixing fruit and cereal probably oatmeal together thats what i do with my 5 month old now and i have 3 kids in between give the 4 oz. to 5 oz bottle than i give for lunch a 1/2 jar of veggies and 1/2 fruit than before nap time i give another 4 oz bottle and go from there dinner would be the same 1/2 jar of each and before bed around 930 i do 6oz. bottle with rice cereal. so just do what your baby needs and wants worry about the over feeding later. if she is happy just keep doing what you do
lol i know exactally how you feel.
my mother inlaw always thinks my son whines or fusses because he is hungry, and trying to tell her that there are other reasons why he could be fussy is like trying to tell a toddler that yes there is the same amount of juice in the big cup too!
right now, i feed my son when he is hungry, he never goes hungry, and always lets us know when he is, he will make a fussy cry kind of whine and then i know, he is wanting food.
he eats every 3-4 hours or so. but sometimes when he's playing he goes a half hour longer.
like i said, he never goes hungry.
i found it hard to start him on a schedule because when i would think he was hungry he would play with the bottle and then would be hungry a half hour later, and then the next day when i would try feeding him at that hour later he would play again.
so we do what he wants when he wants it. and it seems to be going just fine.
Mika was a VERY hungry baby(still is lol)but at 5 months i think i gave her two meals of solids a day replacing a 'breakfast' and 'dinner' feed. I used to give her about 1/4 of a mashed banana with a little baby rice and breast milk mixed in and then something like just the baby rice or a little mashed potato (no milk or butter though just a boiled potato mashed up)
I can tell you what having a 3 or 4 month old having teeth has to do with weaning and it's that they BITE YOU! HARD! I suffered with my son trying desperately to push through the pain of him teething at 2 months and cutting his first TWO teeth the week he turned 4 months.
They grind on your nipple with very sharp teeth where gummy babies would pull and because of the tenderness of baby gums cutting teeth...they bite down with very new sharp teeth.
Despite this excruciating pain, I tried expressing for a period so that the milk could flow easily from the bottle teat and he wouldn't have to hurt his gums pulling.
Unfortunately...any attempts soon to give him the breast were refused because it just hurt him too much to pull the milk and soon my milk supply had dropped drastically and the breastfeeding association suggested I supplement with formula to ensure he was getting enough milk and pretty soon...formula was it.
My daughter has just done exactly the same thing. She is only 18 weeks and 2 weeks ago...cut her first tooth. At present I am still breastfeeding where she'll have me, but having to supplement with formula for the times when her gums are too tender (she is cutting her second tooth) and I am simply going to move over to formula altogether because the stress is already wreaking havoc on my supply.
It was very depressing with my son. It was hard enough having people undermine me or look at me like I was a crazy person for suggesting a 2 month old baby was cutting teeth, let alone the pressure of continuing to breastfeed through such a painful time for your little baby.
Neither of my children has had any problems weaning to formula from the breast and I am very, very proud of myself for lasting as long as I did through a very stressful time. It was like going from a newborn to a teething 6month old baby in just 3 or 4 months. No break inbetween.