Right now, Luke is on a combination of breast milk and formula. He gets about 4 ounces or so of breast milk a day, and 16-20 ounces of formula. I feed on demand so it all depends on when he wants to eat, and how much he wants to eat. I am hoping that the Domperidone will help increase my supply a bit and we can at least feed Luke 10 ounces of breastmilk and 14 ounces of formula in a day, but only time will tell with that one. Unfortunately, Luke isn’t thriving on the combo feeding the way we would hope (he’s gained 3 ounces this week, so up 4 ounces in 2 weeks).
At the present moment, Luke is showing an extreme interest in our food. He watches us eat, tracking the utensil from the plate to our mouths, and even makes chewing motions with his own mouth. He’s been known to grab food off of our plates or silverware too. He has amazing control of his head (he always has, but it doesn’t flop around at all anymore) and is working on sitting. He can sit for about 30 seconds before tipping over.
Ideally our goal was exclusive breast feeding for 6 months, and then starting solids at 6 months. Well, the breast milk thing didn’t happen…..which is fine. Given Luke’s lack of significant weight gain and showing signs of being ready for solids, he may be starting solids before the 6 month mark as well. Of course I will talk to the pediatrician before I do anything regarding Luke’s feeding and nutritional intake, but you know how I like to be prepared!
Essentially with weaning (or complimentary nutrition) there are two methods: traditional weaning and baby led weaning. In traditional weaning, the baby is fed purees first and slowly transitions to chunkier foods. In baby led weaning, the baby is given “chunks” of foods and feeds themselves. Ronny and I are doing a combination of the two, which die hard baby led weaners say is not true baby led weaning.
We are going to start with simple carbs and work our way to more complex carbs. I am thinking single pureed fruits and vegetables: carrots, sweet potatoes, green beans, pears, applesauce, peaches, avacado, banana ….things like that. We are also going to give him small bits of meat that he can grind with his gums and swallow. I am not a fan of pureed meat for anyone, but don’t want to lose out on the iron from meat.
I do want Luke to practice eating with silverware, so we will be giving him a spoon and letting him try to spoon feed himself. However, since I don’t believe that “food before one is just for fun,” I will also have a spoon and feed him as well so that he definitely gets some food into his belly.
When did you start solids? What did you introduce first? Did you do purees or BLW?