October 2012 Moms

PW - Limiting milk/formula?

I know I just posted something, but I felt the need to post again when I saw this in my Week 37 email from TB.

"If you're bottle feeding, limit baby's daily intake to 16 to 24 ounces of formula or breastmilk. If she still wants more to drink, offer water"

Is anyone doing this? Bailey takes in about 30 ounces per day.... Is she just an extra hungry baby? Am I feeding her too much? 


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Re: PW - Limiting milk/formula?

  • My two eat from 24 to 32 oz of formula a day. They have solids twice a day. I wouldn't limit a baby to the amount of formula/breast milk. If they're hungry, I feed them.
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  • yeah I definitely don't limit what E consumes. he gets what he wants when he wants it!


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  • There is no way I would cut back on how much breastmilk DS gets in a day at this point and he gets well over 30 oz each day plus solids. I offer water (up to 4 oz per day) when he has solids, but he actually increased his milk intake recently.  He clearly needs the calories.

    They are probably assuming that the baby needs less milk because of solids, but I wouldn't withhold.

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  • We're giving between 30-36 ounces a day (and the last few days its even been 6 oz more due to a new middle of the night feeding that he seems to need/want) as well as solids 1-2 times a day (anywhere from 2-4 oz each time).  We don't limit - he wants it, he gets it!  I can't imagine giving water.  If I was hungry and someone gave me water telling me I'd had enough food already I'd smack them!  
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  • Nope. He's not really into solids for more than a few bites, so he still gets around 30 to 35 ounces of formula per day.

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  • Bailey loves solids. She eats about 4 tbs of solids about 3 times a day, plus a bunch of puffs/gerber cheese curls. I do give her water from time to time but only because she loves it. If i open a bottle of water or drink anything out of a straw, she screams at me until I share it. But she still drinks a ton of milk. I just can't see giving her water instead of milk when she's hungry for a bottle. 

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  • Something is wrong here.. my doctor told me 24 - 32 ounces of breast milk OR formula (at her six month appt) - but I've read over and over and over that this is the case until a year.

    So that is a DRASTIC defer from that.   

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  • I am starting to offer a few ounces of water each day but mostly because i notice Audrey being a little dehydrated. But i definitely don't limit her formula intake. we feed on demand.
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    Nope, I don't limit.  Never would even if pedi said to.  I think each baby is different and needs different amounts of calories each day.  Just like adults.  Some days you're just hungrier.
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  • I was actually going to ask about this next month.   A friend of mine recently posted on FB that when she took her nearly ten month old baby to the doctor, the pediatrician told her that she needs to be feeding him a LOT more solid food, because he should only be eating a bottle every 6 hours.  She didn't give a specific amount, but did say that he is drinking 22 oz and apparently that is too much.  I was floored - I know our kids are almost two months apart, but I cannot imagine that K's consumption will change that much in that time, and we're not really in a position to easily feed her a lot of solids.  I don't know how I feel about having the nanny feeding her a lot of stuff other than formula.
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  • i think it's relatively new-ish information where you should continue breast milk/formula 1 year or beyond no? every older mom i know (my mother aunts, friends moms, etc) says i should start cutting back on formula by now but we aren't really in a position to do so as well.
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    i think it's relatively new-ish information where you should continue breast milk/formula 1 year or beyond no? every older mom i know (my mother aunts, friends moms, etc) says i should start cutting back on formula by now but we aren't really in a position to do so as well.
     

    My friend is also FFing.  So I don't know whether her doctor would have had different info if she was BFing? 

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    Our clinic nurse told us something similar. She said if LO is eating 3 solid meals a day, we would be able to cut out one of the post-nap feeds, and give her water or diluted rooibos tea. Then she remembered that we are BF, and said that in that case it doesn't matter.

    What I understood was that LO is getting more calories from food now, so we could cut down on milk and just ensure she's hydrated. If BF, I guess the milk magically has fewer calories if LO needs less. 

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  • I guess the thing is, my kid ISN'T getting three solid meals a day, and I don't know that I want it to be that way.
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  • Yikes!  I had no idea.  We have always been told that he is too light for his age (dropped from the 10th to the 5th percentile for weight at his 6 month appointment).  He is taking four or five 8oz bottle per day still and he is almost 8 months old.

    We're just beginning to introduce solids (he hated the oatmeal/rice cereal and puree's at 6 months, but is now showing interest in those and everything else.  But we are in no way on a schedule for solid foods/meals.  

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    At the 8 months appointment i told my pedi that my baby ate very well for breakfast and dinner but not for lunch. He told me to cut down the amount of breastmilk between meals and to give breastmilk before each meal but not between them. Breastmilk/formula is the most important BUT solid food is essential and this is not an option. They are many things missings in milk and therefore solid are essential.

     

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    "If you're bottle feeding, limit baby's daily intake to 16 to 24 ounces of formula or breastmilk. If she still wants more to drink, offer water"

    How do you limit a true EBF baby's BM intake? LO takes bottles (of pumped BM) while I am at work, but on weekends, I have no idea how much she eats. Also, there is a huge difference in the number of ounces/day consumed by a FF baby versus a BF baby. The fact that these two are lumped together makes me question this recommendation. It makes no sense to me to limit BM or formula, since this should be the primary source of nutrition for the first year.

    To PP who said that BM or formula is missing something: what is it missing, and can you post a reference??

     

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    "If you're bottle feeding, limit baby's daily intake to 16 to 24 ounces of formula or breastmilk. If she still wants more to drink, offer water"

    How do you limit a true EBF baby's BM intake? LO takes bottles (of pumped BM) while I am at work, but on weekends, I have no idea how much she eats. Also, there is a huge difference in the number of ounces/day consumed by a FF baby versus a BF baby. The fact that these two are lumped together makes me question this recommendation. It makes no sense to me to limit BM or formula, since this should be the primary source of nutrition for the first year.

    To PP who said that BM or formula is missing something: what is it missing, and can you post a reference??



    I totally agree. I hadn't ever heard of this before I got the email.

    Bailey turns 9 months on the first but her checkup isn't until the 22nd. I'll ask her doc about it but until then I'm going to keep on feeding her! Glad I'm not the only one who thought this was a bit odd.

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  • My LO eats28 ounces of formula a day. Plus a fruit and a veggie at lunch and supper. Water in between meals. Everyone tells me she is eating too much and is going to be over weigh. We are very active and also my 4 year old was this way as well and is a tall petite wasted 4 year old.
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    At the 8 months appointment i told my pedi that my baby ate very well for breakfast and dinner but not for lunch. He told me to cut down the amount of breastmilk between meals and to give breastmilk before each meal but not between them. Breastmilk/formula is the most important BUT solid food is essential and this is not an option. They are many things missings in milk and therefore solid are essential.

     

    These don't really say anything about how *much* a child should be eating.  My pedi does recommend giving solids at least once per day, but actually said not to stress out if we skip a day.  She told us to use our judgement when it comes to introducing more foods and increasing how much we give K.  Our appointment schedule is 6 months, then 9 months, and she said at our 9 month appointment we will talk about where we've gotten with solid food and take it from there.  

    So I guess part of me wonders if we are even more laid back about than she expected, and she will be surprised that K isn't eating more solids/less formula, but I'm not concerned enough to do anything until her next appointment. 

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