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My dd is seven months old and has had only bm. We tried to start solid food about a month ago and she isn't interested. I tried again this weekend and she has made it perfectly clear she doesn't want any! I wouldn't care except that we have had supply issues ever since I started back to work three months ago. I have tried every recommendation but am still always a few ounces short every single day!<br><br>
We are once again in the danger zone. I bf and pumped over the three day weekend and built up a small supply in the freezer but I am afraid it won't last. I am particularly worried because I have to go to a business meeting for three days next week (see my UN post) and I am going to be pumping in a bathroom. My guess is this is going to have a negative effect on my supply!<br><br>
I feel like I need to have a back up plan in case I run out of bm--especially while I am in NYC. Has anyone supplemented with formula? What do you buy and how does it work? I looked at a wall of formula cans at the store this weekend and I just wanted to cry! Is one better than any other?<br><br>
Thanks for the advice.
 

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Oh baby, I know what you are talking about! I have chronic recurrent pumping supply issues. For awhile I'll be fine and then BAM! we're down to one feeding in the freezer. Right now I'm back on the lactation herbs, and this is WITH solids. He's quite a hearty eater! I have managed to stay ahead of the little guy, though. (I am taking fenugreek, blessed thistle and nettle in capsules. Plus I am eating and sleeping more...)<br><br>
Here's how we got him to actually eat solids: we kept offering him the food, but didn't press it if he wasn't interested. It's important not to feed your dc when she is very hungry, because she doesn't know that solids are food the way milk is, and she will get very impatient and cry! Feed her solids when she isn't starving, so she gets the hang of it.<br><br>
Also it helped us that my dh does most of the solid food feeding. you know, because I have the boobs, the baby would get impatient that we were playing spoon games when he could be eating! Also my dh is really great, he played the airplane game with the spoon and generally made it fun, even when my son wasn't actually swallowing the food.<br><br>
We started with oatmeal, and then did banana, avocado and sweet potato. (I used real food and just pureed it, instead of buying special baby food.) He likes the sweet potato, and that was what he actually swallowed. It rang his chimes! So the next food was organic baby rice cereal, and I added it to the sweet potato. I don't know what we will feed him next, but it is helping us to keep up with his food needs. He has one meal of solids a day, usually, sometimes two.<br><br>
Don't cry about the formula. Consider it as though it were a solid food, not a breastmilk substitute. Just as you are complementing your bm with solids in the second half of the first year. I understand that there is organic infant formula, and that might be worth a try. But you might not need to do it--give the solids thing your best shot.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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It will all be OK. I am a huge bf'ing advocate, but my ds was supplemented with formula when we had supply issues and I think that's a perfectly appropriate use of formula.<br><br>
First, have you looked at <a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/index.html?" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/index.html?</a> There is a ton of info here on how to increase your supply and what the source of the problem might be.<br><br>
Second, I would look at organic formulas. Horizon is supposed to be coming out with one but I don't know if it's out yet. Nature's One also sells organic formula under the brand name Baby's Only. (It meets FDA requirements for baby formula although it isn't labeled as such.) You can get it at Whole Foods and places like that. <a href="http://www.naturesone.com/" target="_blank">http://www.naturesone.com/</a> I felt it was a healthier choice overall, for formula.<br><br>
Has your baby had formula before? Do you know if she has any dairy or soy sensivities? There are issues with both dairy and soy but for limited use I would go with dairy if she's not sensitive to it.<br><br>
HTH, and good luck!
 

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According to our paediatrician, who is VERY alternative, if you HAVE to give a formula, the only one worth it is Baby's Own <a href="http://organicformula.com/shop/default.asp" target="_blank">http://organicformula.com/shop/default.asp</a><br><br>
To keep up your supply (as I'm sure you already know) don't skimp on the protein and fat!!<br><br>
hth<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><br>
edited to say: Whoops! Cross post with Jane.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Wow! Thank you so much. In 30 minutes I got the information I needed and lots of support at the same time! I'm so happy I found this board. My dd also gave us a huge problem when she needed to take a bottle when I was going back to work. Eventually she took the bottle but not one minute before she was ready. I'm guessing she will be the same way with solid food. She likes to remind me who is boss! Now it is time to pump!! (It is always time to pump!)
 

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Hey harper!<br><br>
So, what days are you going to be in NYC and where are you staying?<br><br>
You probably have a lot of connections here you've got to look up, but if you want to see how a couple with a 16 mo. old live in a little lower east side railroad apartment, just pm me and let me know!<br><br>
Food at our place is LOADED with protein!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I just wanted to second the recommendation to try having DH be in charge of the solids. DD eats way better when DH feeds her. I guess she figures why bother when the boobs are right there, lol.<br><br>
Hope it works out for you!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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I'm not breastfeeding my ds, but I just wanted to vouch for Baby's Own Formula. DS has been on it since we brought him home from Guatemala at 5 1/2 months. He has done really well on it. We just took him off of it on Saturday and put him on rice milk. I can only hope that he does as well on it. He is now 14 months old.<br><br>
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