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Hello<br>
Im concerned that my 7 month old daughter is not getting enough breastmilk. When she has meals, it seems like she eats so much. When I nurse her, I stop when she has stopped paying attention or falls asleep. Another point, we were cosleeping until she was 6 months. I wanted to continue, but she had stopped sleeping well in my bed. She transitioned great into her crib, no crying or anything. The day after she started sleeping in her crib, I got my period.<br><br>
I have consulted various sources and find different information on the subject. So, I though you guys may be able to help. She absolutely loves her solids (fruit, cereal, and veggies). I make it at home from fresh food. She also takes ti-vi-sol vitamins (A,C,D). Here is a sample menu:<br><br>
5am - nurse<br>
7am - nurse<br>
9am - 3 tablespoons oatmeal mixed with 3 tablespoons fruit, 1 banana<br>
11am - 5 ounce bottle at daycare<br>
1pm - 3 ice cubes veggie, 3 ice cubes (or 3 tablespoons) fruit<br>
3pm - nurse or 5 ounce bottle at daycare<br>
5pm - nurse<br>
6pm - 3 tablespoons barley cereal mixed with 3 ice cubes or 3 tablespoons veggie, 3 tablespoons fruit<br>
8pm - nurse before bed<br><br>
sometimes I nurse her during the night if she wants it<br><br><br>
One last question - I need to increase my pumping suply. It has become really low lately. Where do you buy fenugreek and mother milk tea?<br><br>
Thanks
 

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I think, for us anyway, that would be too much solids. The way *I* understand it, solids should be a "compliment" to breastfeeding. Not taking the place of it. For my son, who is also 7 months and eating solids it looks like this: He ALWAYS nurses first and then twice a day I offer solids AFTER he nurses. so its not taking the place of breastmilk. For lunch he nurses and then gets 1/2 a jar (or equivalient if its something I have made myself) of a veggie or fruit and for dinner he nurses first and then gets some veggie and maybe a little bit of whatever we are having, if its a "safe" food to give him. So, I would vote your baby needs more breastmlk and less solids.<br><br>
For an increase in pumping output, you can buy fenugreek and mothers milk tea at any healthfood store. Whole Foods carries both of them. Or you could order it online if you dont have a Whole Foods close.<br><br>
ETA: when you say "one banana", do you mean a WHOLE banana? IN addition to other fruit? thats definately a LOT.
 

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I would not spoon feed her at all. Let her self-feed soft bits of food. It's very easy to over-feed solids when spoon feeding.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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Ds didn't really have any solids until he was 13mo. He just wasn't interested.<br>
Yes, he occasionally had a piece of banana or avocado but never as much as your describing.<br>
We nursed on demand (still do) and he nursed quite alot until he started eating solids regularly.
 

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We find Mother's Milk tea at our regular grocery store in the natural foods section. Oatmeal works great too. I usually eat it in the form of oatmeal cookeies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
That sounds like a good number of nursing sessions, but if your supply is dropping its entirely possible that the solids are starting to replace her intake of bm. If she's not taking as much because she's full then that could be another reason your supply is dropping.<br><br>
What happens if you don't offer any solids at all at a meal? How does she react? What if you offer frozen/slushy breastmilk?
 

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That is ALOT more food than my 9 1/2 month old gets. I just let her get bites of my food when I eat but she always always nurses before she is even offered any kind of other foods.
 

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Yes, a whole banana. It seems like alot to me too. Shes a hungry girl. I was only feeding her 2 meals a day, but then she would wake up multiple times a night to nurse. When I added the third meal is when she started to sleep pretty much all night. I had been sending her to daycare to have a bottle before her meals, but they seemed to feel she didn't need it and would give her bottle to her an hour after her meal.<br><br>
Tonight I nursed her immediately before dinner and she did eat less - 2 cubes zucchini, 2 tablesppons cereal, and 3 tablespoons applesauce. I only feed her when she is giving me her hungry cues. Once she looses interest or doesnt open her mouth, I stop.<br><br>
I think I will tell daycare that the doctor said she needs a bottle with her meals and if she doesnt eat all her food, it fine. I would much rather her have bm than tons of solids.<br><br>
When I nurse her, she seems satisfied with what shes getting. However, when I pump, I hardly get anything anymore. I dont know if it happens like this, but I wonder if my body "knows" its the pump and not the baby. I pump every 2 hours when she is not nursing.<br><br>
Thanks for all your help. You guys seem to know alot more than most "child professionals."
 

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That's way too much solids. Really. For the whole first year, breastmilk is the nutrition, solids are just for fun. You should nurse her and fill her up before giving her solids. Then only let her self feed. By spoon feeding you're putting WAY more in her than she needs.<br><br>
good luck!<br><br>
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I think you're fine, particularly since you've asked the daycare to switch the order of the bottle and the solids. That's about what my 8.5 month old eats, although he's never eaten a whole banana at once! That's impressive!<br><br>
Do you ever read the Ask Moxie blog? I learned there that it's really common to "dry up" for the pump at around 7-10 months but still be really successful at breastfeeding the actual baby.
 

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Sounds fine to me for the daytime, although it would be better to mix cereal with breastmilk instead, or just ditch the cereal feedings and replace it with another bottle. I'm sure following her cues is best. But maybe feeding her at night would be the best way to offer her more breastmilk since you can't be with her during the day. How long is she sleeping at night?
 
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