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DS will drink about 30-60ml at a time of ebm or water from a cup, less if it's formula. He won't take anything from a bottle. He has just started weaning onto purees and is loving this. I go back to work on Monday and don't get much if I express. On settling in days at childminder he is the same, so we're not going to keep him hydrated/fed easily.
What have others done? Will he be ok from 7.30am till 4.30pm with just food and water? I'm happy to bf all night and think he'll probably go back to two hourly feeds when he's with me. Will he be ok on just purees until he's six months (only a month to go!) or should I give him baby rice too? How much food should I send with him?
And - this means I will have to bf till he's a year old doesn't it? Then he can have cow's milk, right?
at 5 months old he should really be having milk feeds during the day. Maybe when you are not there he will start to take more milk or he will get really hungry as purees are not there to fill him up or take the place of milk feeds especially when just starting out. I would persevere with milk in a cup whether that is breast or formula milk.
My DS was exactly the same, never took.a bottle so we just gave him milk from a cup. When I went back to work he had ebm in cup and he took what he wanted, no more, then would guzzle from me the minute I picked him up! Night feeds stayed about the same. As soon as they're 6mo they can have cows milk in food so cereal/porridge in morning made with breast milk/formula/cows milk helps with milk intake plus other dairy through the day like cheese or yogurt. Can't help you with the other food questions cos my childminder supplies food and I did BLW so I can't help with purees sorry! But if you can keep breastfeeding to 12mo then they can have cows milk after that, no need for follow on milk.
Mix whatever milk/formula you can into her food - as she's less than 6 months I guess this will have to be gluten free baby porridge and baby rice with fruit/veg purées mixed into those. Maybe ask CM to use the calorie dense stuff like banana and avocado purees? I weaned DS at 6mo so he was on normal food from the start but nursery carried on mixing EBM into his food for a couple of months as he would only take miniscule amounts from a cup, and certainly nothing from a bottle. They were able to get a few ounces a day into him this way. At 8 and a bit months he's now fine to go through the day without milk, but nursery also give him a couple of yoghurts instead of just one, and he BFs lots from me morning, evening and through the night.
Thanks everyone, I'm part time 'till March so he'll only be with the CM for 6 hours to start with. On the last settling-in day on Friday, he ate most of an Organix fruit pot and did drink a little water, then just bf loads for the rest of the day. We are working on the liquid intake - he just spits back out what he doesn't want! Will try very milky baby rice too!
My 6 month old is just like this. I'm not back at work yet but will be soon. We introduced the free flow tommee tippee cup with water for every meal He started off just taking a tiny bit but slowly started drinking more. I'm gradually replacing the water with milk with the idea that he can have formula/ebm in it soon. Keep persevering and I bet he will take the cup when he doesn't have any other choice! Good luck!