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Lesser evil: ?FF or early solids

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Mummyfor3 Wed 06-Aug-08 21:57:41

Here is the thing: I will have to return to work in 3 weeks time when DS will be 22 weeks old. He is currently exclusively BF although had a handful of bottles of FF in his life to allow his gran to look after him a few evenings.
I am rubbish at expressing, even with very good electric pump (2 weeks of daily efforts have resulted in 5 oz EBM in freezer sad).
So, I was wondering, would I be better giving the childminder bottles of FF or get him to have lots of fruity solids and water during the day. I am planning on continuing to BF him when we are together. I work 10hrs days 3x/wk.
Any infant nutrition gurus out there who could offer advice? Thanks.

Mummyfor3 Thu 07-Aug-08 09:47:44


EffiePerine Thu 07-Aug-08 09:51:11

Not a guru but I would have said FF. I didn;t bother with DS, but went back to work a little later (6 months) and was OK with expressing, so different situation

alarkaspree Thu 07-Aug-08 09:51:33

Neither is evil.

I think a 22 week old will need more nutrition than fruit and water over a 10-hour period during the day, so you will need to give formula.

2point4kids Thu 07-Aug-08 09:51:37

Formula has to be better than to go all day with no milk at all and just solids at less than 6 months I'd say.

Early weaning can actually harm your baby. Formula is not 'evil' just an alternative method of milk feeding!

Mummyfor3 Thu 07-Aug-08 10:51:31

I should have written "evil" - DSs 1 and 2 were mixfed so I really have nothing against FF smile.
Thanks for opinions, confirms my gut feeling (pun intended grin) to give CM whatever I do manage to express and formula bottles for him.

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