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20/09/2014 at 17:02
Hi,Maybe I'm being dim, but there seems lots of advice on what to feed your baby, but not much on portion sizes. I never really thought about it until we were on holiday and we were feeding G in between mealtimes, at mealtimes, well just constantly it seemed.
G is 6 months and 1 week. She's very tall about 100 percentile (it only goes to 99.6 but she's way above that), but about 92nd percentile for weight for her age.
G has a bottle when she wakes between 6-7am approx 8oz, then drops back off to sleep for an hour or three
She has baby porridge made up with baby milk when she wakes up- and a bottle of water, she has water on and off through the morning
For lunch she has the equivilant food as a jar of 7 month cow and gate baby food (I tried measuring it out to give you an idea) and water. I try to vary what she actually has daily
Water all through the afternoon
For tea the same as a jar of 7 month baby food
She snacks on bits here and there through the day a strawberry here, bit of banana there. No one can seem to eat in front of her without her wanting some, and chewing and drooling
At night before she falls asleep, she has 1- 1&1/2 bottles (8oz) of baby milk depending on how she feels.
She sleeps through all night but I can count on one hand how many times she's turned her head away like she's full when I'm feeding her. She very rarely cries so I assume she's not starving, but it jut seems she wants to eat everytime she see's food. Am I giving her enough/too much?
Thanks in advance
P.S she won't drink milk in the day, she spits it out and squawks until you give her food instead. This started as soon as food was introduced.
SORRY EDIT- I forgot to add she has 2 x 4oz of baby milk at nap times so about 11am and 3pm ish
20/09/2014 at 20:41
Sounds like you are doing great - R ate about the same, she would eat morning to night if she could. Even if she was full from her tea she would still hound me for my food (along with the dog, I should be skinny). The only thing I found R screamed for when finished is yogurts, she loves them.
R is breastfed & still feeds about 6 times throughout day/night but I don't think the milk has a lot to do with hunger its more comfort - we are working on this!!
Just go with your instinct, sounds like G is doing well.
20/09/2014 at 20:49
This might sound like an unhelpful answer but you feed a six month old how much they want! At that age they still only eat what they need, they don't eat because they are bored or fed up or oter random reasons that adults have. So if your LO is eating a lot and still hungry feed them more. If they aren't hungry stop feeding them. The only time to worry is if they become lethagic or reduced wet and dirty nappies. My son actually has coeliac disease and I was told he would be stunted because of not being able to absorb nutrients before he was dianosed. However I followed the advice of the BTers from Hitched that said if a child is hungry feed them. B was hungry constantly and is also off the top of the percentiles and is not stunted at all! So keep feeding until LO wants no more and then you are doing a brilliant job Don't worry about quantities at this stage.
20/09/2014 at 23:19
I did baby led weaning from 6 months & continued breast feeding on demand. Which meant that I don't know how much she ate or drank as she ate as much as she wanted & drank as often & for as long as she wanted.! I don't know much about amounts of formula but I know my daughter didn't drop any milk feeds until around 8 months. I used to offer milk before every meal. Would it be worth offering more milk? Sorry if that's not that helpful as I don't know anything about traditional weaning. Definitely doesn't sound like you're under feeding though.
21/09/2014 at 11:38
Thanks for your help - I just needed a bit of reassurance, and I feel reassured now, thanks. I'm going to try offering more milk and see how we get on :)
21/09/2014 at 11:41
Hope it goes well x
11/06/2016 at 19:43
I'm new to this site but I started feeding my baby boy at 3 months and 2 weeks. I wanted to hold off until he was 6 months to start weaning him but that didn't happen, he needed it sooner.
Before weaning he was on 4/5 8oz bottles a day every four hours. He was mainly on the 4 bottles, but depending when he woke up, depended if he needed the extra bottle or not.
when I first ever introduced him to baby food it would go like this
8am half a jar baby food for breakfast(or make up baby porridge) and then a 6oz bottle formula milk
12pm 8oz bottle
4pm 8oz bottle
8pm 8oz bottle
then when he got to 4 months ol it would look like this
8am half a jar baby food breakfast (or make up baby porridge) with 6oz formula milk
12pm 8oz milk
4pm 8oz milk
6pm half a jar dinner, half a jar pudding and 4oz baby apple juice
10pm 8oz bottle before bed
then we introduced him to lunches at 6 months old
and the routine goes like this
9am half a jar baby breakfast (or make up baby porridge) and his 6oz formula milk
1pm half a jar of lunch( it'd be more a pasta and his dinner jars were more meals rather than the pasta) he'd have a fruit pot and we give him 2/3 baby crisps and 3 white chocolate buttons and he'd have a 6oz bottle of apple juice (we've tried him with other juices as he's not keen on just plain water and he moans taking any other juice but apple juice he drinks quietly)
5pm half a jar dinner and half a jar pudding and 6oz bottle of baby apple juice, sometimes I'd give him up to another 2 crisps but most of the time I don't
9pm he gets his 8oz bottle for bed
and that's him until 9am
the thing is I'm starting college soon in August and i need to regig his feeds so that I can have him up at 6am to feed him change his bum and get him dressed so I'm out the door for 7.45am as he will be going to the creche at my college. Does anybody know what I can do to have him up that early?
12/06/2016 at 02:22
Babies tend to get really moody if you wake them up before they're ready.
Maybe introduce a earlier bedtime, so he still gets his 12 hours.
They say removing one nap in the afternoon normally helps but I can't say if that's true I'm still working on a routine with my 7 month old it keeps changing.
He goes bed around 11pm and wakes up around 9am.
So if anyone has suggestions I could do with some too lol :D
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