As I type this message I am listening to my DS wailing like a wounded animal and chewing relentlessly on his fingers and hands, despite the fact that I have already fed him three times this morning (it's just after 7am).
He's always been hungry and I have a good breast milk supply which I supplement with formula in the evenings. I've also started expressing in the evenings to up my milk further.
Against my better judgement I tried him on some baby rice yesterday which he loved. He is a very strong baby, and can hold his head up; he didn't seem to have any trouble swallowing either.
I don't want to wean him at 15 weeks but I am struggling with his distress which lasts all day. I also have a 2yr old DD and feeding DS more than I already do is not a realistic option!! HELP!!!
ds is 16 weeks, had a hellish week with growth spurt last week, fed constantly, chewing hands, dribbling, very unhappy little boy. it was suggested he is teething but dh is a dentist and ruled this out ( chewing, dribbling just a developmental stage - could be different for you tho of course). it lasted a week then suddenly my little smiler returned and we're back to 3 hour feeds. I thought my supply was low, we also do formula top up at bedtime feed. Did lots of reading on here, kellymom etc and realised that ds had increased to 3 filled nappies a day, sign he is getting plenty. I worried more top ups at this point would affect breastfeeding so retreated to bed for two afternoons. Good luck - it will soon be over. (sorry, feeding at mo hence short sentences!)
jinty - frequent feeding and chewing on hands is not a sign of being 'starving', but a sign of being 3.5 months old
Solids at this age add nothing - literally. They tend to replace breastmilk, which is far more nutritionaly approrpriate, so net calories gained could be nil, or even less than nil.
Baby rice can be spooned in, and babies can usually swallow it,but this is not a sign they need it or benefit from it. Feeding more often will give him the nutrition he needs without any of the risks as well as offering comfort from the irritation of teething.
just thought i'd add that ds has always been a milk monster and i say he'd feed all day if I let him. I tried really hard to get a bit of a routine so he gets a good feed every few hours and it works for us. I won't wean early as he's not showing any signs, certainly nowhere near sitting unaided. He is thriving on milk, good weight gain and wet,dirty nappies. If this sounds like you then no need for rice