im so bloody confused with all this follow on milk and stuff like that. he is eating 2 or 3 meals a day now had to wean him early (don't ask) so he is now 6 months old. he is also getting about 2 bottles a day. im so confused should those bottles be follow on milk or is follow on milk like just a drink he should have. he has just started waking during the night again as well. I feel like i really don't know what im doing at the min. really confusing i just wanna scream. my husband works away lots and when he is home he needs to sleep so im doing it all. i end up like being a single mum. i have a lot of other bad stuff going on at the min and this is just really stressing me out.
2 bottles doesn't sound like anywhere near enough for a 6 month old - I'd be giving more like 4. He should be getting 600ml/21oz of formula a day as a minimum. First milk is fine, no need to switch to follow on.
yeah cucumber in a bottle with hot water then remove cucumber and it just flavours the water i give him. he is having breakfast when he gets up about 9am he won't have a bottle first meal. then he is having a bottle about 2 or 3 hours later. sometimes he refuses his bottle and cries till i give him food about 2 or 3 o clock then he will have bottle about 5/6 has food at 7 then bottle at bedtime which is about 8 oclock which he falls asleep with in my arms (i know i know but he does it that way to fall asleep and im not going to change his night night bottle).... if he cries i will give him a small bottle say 120 ml. inbetween. the times can vary depending on his nap. which he is just changing himself.
9am (ish) Breakfast - porridge mixed with water or yoguart heinz ones u mix with water.
12 (ish) bottle - sometimes refuses
2-3 (ish) food - jar or biscuit. with fruit cup often with 150ml of milk with
5-6 (ish) bottle
7 (ish) food - heinz packet like boccolie and cheese or baby jar
8 pm bottle
breaking it down like this helps me actually i think im just going to keep trying to give him more milk. someone said growth spert. he is happy and healthy it just the waking up at nights agin. im less stressed now than i was first waking up. lol.
My daughter is 6.5 months, she is formula fed, and takes about 4-5 bottles a day, depending on the night she's having , she hasn't slept through and does wake for a bottle. If it helps this is what she has : when she wakes up - a bottle, then about 30mins or so after some fruit or toast and some porridge, she would have another bottle usually around 10.30-11am, then lunch, a bottle in the afternoon, dinner, then a bedtime bottle, she also falls asleep while having this, she then goes to bed and wakes up for a bottle around 2am.
I give her water in a cup with meals which she loves but only to empty over herself I moved onto to follow on milk with this one, didn't with my elder two.
My husband works shifts and isn't home a lot, its really exhausting and its shit feeling like we both decided to have a family but he isn't there. At 6 months your baby will not starve if they don't have every meal, but I would try and up their milk, but mine can be an awkward so and so too.
I would offer a meal (eg baby cereal for breakfast, mashed veggies for (early) lunch and and fruit or cereal or mix for tea, and after the meal follow it up with a bottle. That way they were full at meal time, and had had something to drink too, and we had a bout 3-4 hour gaps between meals.) Then in the evening, before bed, a bottle.
that way, if he only ate a bit of his cereal, he'd top op with milk and still eb satisfied. And if he ate a lot for lunch, and only take a bit of milk, that would eb fine too IYSWIM.
I used follow on milk between 6 months and 1 year, and then switched to full fat normal milk.