Hello all - my DS is now nearly 9 mo. I introduced solids at 6 mo. He is eating 3 meals a day plus a couple of very small rice cakes as snacks. I don't give him alot of water (and never any juice) so that it won't interfere with BF. I am very concerned that he only has a 5 - 10 minute BF in the morning, after lunch and before sleep at night.
Could someone please tell me if I should be worried about his breastmilk intake as I was hoping he would BF well into his 2nd year ?
Also, I haven't introduced cheese or yoghurts yet, as recommended by allergy experts not to begin before 9 mo. I will start these next week when he is exactly 9 mo. Will a little cheese and yoghurt be enough to cover for any shortfall in calcium intake due to less breastmilk ? I don't want to give him cow's milk
Ds was only doing these three (quick) feeds at 9 months and is still doing a morning and evening, and sometime a lunchtime feed at 2 years.
He didn't have any dairy until 13 months because of allergies. He still only has a small amount of dairy as it's all he can tolerate (he has water on weetabix for instance). I think he will take enough breastmilk to cover himself.
My DS1 was feeding like this, at 9 mo, and it worked fine. There are some other high-calcium foods, other than dairy, by the way, but the only one I can think of at the moment is fish with bones in it.
Don't bother with juice, diluted or not, they can grow to love that and then not drink water.
He probably will want more water, or milk, when it gets hotter.
but if you don't bother with juice do make sure you are giving one piece of fresh fruit with a good vitamin C content so they can absorb their iron and other vitamins from other foods and your milk efficiently