My son is 24 weeks and I haven't been able to pump enough while I'm working to keep up with his demand at daycare for a few months. We cosleep and I was relatively successful for a while at remembering to only nurse him on one side after about 2 am so that I could pump on the other side in the morning to make up the difference during the day. It's not working any more though, for a variety of reasons. It's turned into a huge stress factor and I need to find another option to save everyone's sanity.
I'm looking for advice about what to have the sitter offer my son instead of the 4th bottle that he's been getting while I'm at work. I am away from him for 7 hours 4 times a week and he consistently takes about 12 ounces while I consistently pump only 8 or 9. He also is probably lactose intolerant (I'm now dairy free), so dairy-based formula is not an option. Is goat's milk something that I should try, or is he too young? Is soy formula a better alternative, even though I hate the idea of giving him anything processed? He's too little to start solids for anything but fun, right? I don't think baby's bodies are really ready to get any nutrition from solids at this age and don't want to give him purees or cereal if his body isn't ready.
We did BLW very successfully with our daughter, but she was a serious nursing fanatic and wan't really interested in food until she was about 8 months. She nursed until she was 2 when I got pregnant again. DS is not very interested in nursing. He has to be in a dark room with white noise, preferably half asleep, to nurse with any concentration.
He's in the 90th percentile for growth and extremely interested in food and water. For the past month or so we haven't been able to have him at the table with us at mealtime because it was like torturing him to not let him try our food. He grabs water glasses out of our hands and gulps water without choking. He learned to sit up by himself over the past few weeks and has much better control over his hands, so we started baby led weaning this week and have been giving him large bits of fruits and vegetable to suck on. Last night he sat in his chair for 45 minutes (no exaggeration!) happily gnawing on a roasted parsnip and a steamed pepper! Long story short, the boy is obviously ready for food. But it seems too early.
Help please! I need advice. I am totally stressed and want to make the right decision. Thanks in advance.