Does he get enough Milk?
Category:
Breastfeeding
Age:
7 mo.
Does he get enough Milk?
Hi

My son is 7½ months old, and has been sleeping through the night since he was 4 months old. He refuses to feed from a bottle and as I have to start working again soon I have to bring the breastfeeding to a complete stop. However, I worry that he does not get enough milk. He daily routine looks, as follows:

Morning 06.20am: breastfeeding
Morning 08.00am: cereal (powder) with fruit, water from a cup
09.00am: morning nap
Lunch 11.30am-12.00pm: Cereal or vegetable purée with meat/fish, fruit, water from a cup. He has just started to eat some bread with cheese spread.
Early afternoon 02.00pm: avocado or cereal with fruit, water from a cup
Late afternoon 04.00pm: Natural yoghurt, some fruit or just fruit and water from a cup
Dinner 06.00 - vegetable purée with meat/fish and fruit
07.30pm: breastfeeding

As you can deduct from the above, I do not breastfeed him that often anymore, and he does not want formula from a cup neither from the bottle. What do you recommend me to do?

Best regards
Lisa



Helen Hansen
Answer

Dear Lisa

At seven months of age, the baby needs mother's milk or formula, as the daily milk intake should still be quite high. You will have to decide whether you can convince him to drink formula or you want to continue breastfeeding.

Most babies at seven months of age will cover the milk intake by 4 breastfeeds a day, at eight to nine months of age at 3 breastfeeds a day, whereafter two daily breastfeeds plus natural yohgurt or similar are enough. On top of this, your son will also have some milk hidden in the food.

When you start to work again, I suggest that you breastfeed your son early morning (06.00am), afternoon (04.00pm), evening (07.30pm) and late evening (11.00pm) - in total 4 breastfeeds.

Reading your letter I get the impression that your son enjoys the breastfeeding, and I therefore suggest that you offer him the breast more frequently to be sure to cover his milk intake, i.e. you should offer him an extra breastfeed just before you go to bed - he will most likely feed while sleeping.

You should prepare cereal meals and purée bases on formula:o)

I hope this is helpful, and I wish you and your son the best of luck:o)

Kind regards,

Helen Hansen