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Hi, mainly a lurker...but pretty sure the average IQ is like at least 25 points higher over here than on the more "mainstream" boards on the net <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> I've taken a PT seasonal job for some Christmas money, hours 5am to 10a, 3 days a week. My son is just over 4 months, EBF...never taken more than an ounce from a bottle, and my hubby is hardly an expert on getting him to take it as my DD was nursed for 2 years, and never did take a bottle...so at any rate, lil Nolan isn't taking any BM from the bottle while I'm gone, so he's going about 6 hours between nursing...not overly cranky about it, and this is his only long strech without nursing because we co-sleep so he snacks all night long...Its stressing me out though that he's not getting anything for 6 hours...guessing he weighs about 14.5 pounds now, we don't do the "well baby" thing with him, but its gotta be over 14 at any rate...so anyways, I was thinking about having hubby try a little organic rice cereal when he wakes up...he is absolutely hungry when I get home, and drains both breasts (usually he's a one side guy) then he seems to play "catch up" wanting to nurse every couple hours in the afternoon...thoughts?
 

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There are other feeders for breastmilk besides bottles - cup feeders, syringe feeders, even the finger method. Is there any chance he might take one of those?
 

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I absolutely would NOT introduce cereal at 4 months. No way. No how. Cereal is crap. Yep, I said it- crap. No nutritional value. Doesn't have what ANY baby needs, much less a 4mo old. It's filler.<br><br>
I would try a sippy cup, or open cup, or finger feeding. <a href="http://www.kellymom.com" target="_blank">www.kellymom.com</a> should have instructions for all of those.<br><br>
If he doesn't take any breastmilk- then just plan to do nothing but nurse the rest of the day on days you work. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
hang in there! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
One other thought- you are pumping while you're away- right?<br><br>
-Angela
 

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I'm not sure how well any of it would go over with the baby...also my hubby God love him, isn't alone with both kids very often...and my big girl is a very demanding little child...so I'm worried anything more complicated than a bottle isn't going to work, which is why I was thinking the rice cereal thing would be the easiest for him to try to do. I should get him a SNS <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Its only for a couple months, so I don't want to "overthink" it...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">One other thought- you are pumping while you're away- right?<br><br>
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No, I'm not pumping...I really don't have the opportunity to do so. I get one 15 minute break, and its a retail job...so I'd be banished to the bathroom. I'm an overproducer, so I'm not really worried about supply issues...although I have 2 clogged ducts in my right breast which is freaking me out cause I've had mastitis twice this time. I was hoping one 6 hours strech a day wouldn't mess me up too much since many BF babies go that much at night...am I wrong?
 

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I would be worried about it- especially since it's early in the morning (good producing hours) and your baby is so young. I would not be comfortable not pumping. Also you're setting yourself up for plugged ducts- OUCH!<br><br>
good luck!<br><br>
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i recently met a mom whose DD would not take a bottle, and had the craziest tough thrust that any DROP of liquid going in w/o the boob came right back out. the baby ended up adjusting the schedule so she eats A LOT at night, and during the rest of the day when mom is home, and doesn't eat anything while she is away (about 4 hrs).<br><br>
i had slightly clogged ducts, i would push the painful spot (ouch ouch ouch) while DD was nursing and it would go away after a few nursings...<br><br>
i would not do the cereal, maybe a syringe or cup or sippy cup?
 

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My DS would have loved BM in a straw sippy cup at that age. I know because begged to have a straw cup like his big brother, so I gave him one with water (although we don't usually do water that young) because I was too lazy to pump.<br><br>
I'd definitely go 6 hours with no food at all than introduce cereal. I think that he'd take expressed milk in some form if he were that hungry.<br><br>
I also think that you should find some way to pump. If you're prone to clogged ducts and mastitis, going that long in the morning is a recipe for disaster.
 

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Another thought...could your DH bring the baby to your work for you to nurse him during your 15 minute break?<br><br>
Also, my DD did great with a straw cup at that age.
 

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it wouldn't be the end of the world for him to not eat during that timeframe. at 4 months, my dd would sleep about 9 hrs straight at night, so 6 hrs won't hurt him as long as he nurses frequently the rest of the day & night. and one ounce from a bottle isn't too bad!<br><br>
I would definitely not do the cereal, it's bad for 4 month olds. their tummies aren't ready for it and babies fed solids before 6 months are slightly more likely to get sick.
 
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