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My DD is currently 3 1/2 months old. I work 2 days a week where I am gone about 14 hours (I went back to work about 8 weeks ago). During this time I can pump 15-18oz, however my DD who likes the milk only straight from the tap only takes 9-12oz during the time I am gone.<br><br>
I think it's better to wait until 6 months to introduce solids, however I was thinking about giving rice cereal (mixed with EBM) just on the days I was working starting at 4 months in hopes that she would get more milk while I was gone. I've been doing some research that says rice cereal isn't the best way to go and they say avocados and pears are better to start baby on. However that doesn't get anymore milk in her. Is there a better way to get more milk in her while I am gone.<br><br>
BTW, we've tried syringe and cup feedings, but she spits those out.
 

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Solids at 4 months to fill a tummy are a BAD idea. No way I'd do that.<br><br>
Babies are not ready for solids until:<br><br>
they can sit unassisted<br>
they have lost all tongue thrust<br>
they can grab food and put it in their own mouths.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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Do you think that she's not growing well, or do you have another health concern? If everything else looks okay, then I'd just assume that she's making up the difference when she's with you. My son also reverse cycled--he took less from a bottle than he did directly from me, and then he nursed extra while we were together. I ended up with a pretty big stash of frozen milk, but I found someone who needed it, so it worked out well.<br><br>
My son's colds got noticeably more severe after we introduced solids. I think it was the change in his gut flora--different foods (not just milk), different bacteria in the mix. That may be something to consider.
 

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My oldest only drank a little of my milk while I was at work. He didn't like bottles and drank ater and such out of the cup but didn't like breastmilk from it. He made up for it at night, though, and was gaining well and happy, so I didn't worry too much about it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Do you think that she's not growing well, or do you have another health concern? If everything else looks okay, then I'd just assume that she's making up the difference when she's with you.</div>
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I agree with this. It seems like a normal amount for a breastfed baby to take during the day. I wouldn't even think about rice cereal or any other solids at this age. The amount of breastmilk you'd mix with any solids is so minimal it really wouldn't help her get more food during the day at all. When I gave my daughter solids mixed with mother's milk, it would be like a tablespoon of solids and a teaspoon of MM. Not much at all.
 

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Commercial rice cereal has approximately the same nutritional value as wallpaper paste. It's not a good way to get more milk into your DC and could actually cause problems. Waste of time and money. Later on down the line (like, after your DC is a year old or older) you can make your own rice cereal from brown rice and EBM, but at this stage it's too early, not necessary, and not a solution to your problem.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My oldest only drank a little of my milk while I was at work. He didn't like bottles and drank ater and such out of the cup but didn't like breastmilk from it. He made up for it at night, though, and was gaining well and happy, so I didn't worry too much about it.</div>
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This has been my experience too. I started back to work 2-3 days a week when my babe was just 2 months old. He never really took that much ebm from a bottle, but certainly made up for it at night and on the days I was with him. To give you an idea, he sometimes only took 6-8 oz of expressed milk in an 9 hour period. He was/is perfectly healthy, and did not start solids until around 7-8 months.<br><br>
If your baby is healthy and thriving then you should definitely not supplement - especially with that goopy cereal.
 
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