Two to tango: breastmilk and formula?

Filed under: Babies, Your Pregnancy, Work Life, Nutrition: Health, Childcare

Well, if daycare has taught me anything, it's that my son is a growing boy. This kid is now getting a lot more group attention and stimulation that he did at home. And it's making him HONGRY!

Several times this week the ever-attentive teachers at the daycare center have commented on the little one's voracious appetite. They noted how very physical he is, how he is always on the go. Since he's at daycare and doesn't compete with my need to get things done around the house, little Mercer is scooting and inching all over the place.

All this activity is wearing him out and making him hungry for more than I can provide him. The kid went through three bottles of breastmilk (4ish ounces each) and a meal from me when I drop by around lunchtime!

I am not able to pump this much every day. I've tried for the life of me and the most I can get is three bottles of breastmilk. I also can't stop by the daycare every day at lunchtime to feed him. The most I can pump is two, sometimes three 3-4 ounce bottles of breastmilk.

It's also very difficult to pump, but that's another blog.

I'm thinking, after a long discussion with my husband, that we may need to supplement our little guy with one bottle of formula a day while he is at daycare (four days a week). At five months old, he shows interest in our food more than ever, and really seems to want to eat "big person" food.

Our pediatrician's office normally recommends moving to solids such as rice cereal at six months, and little or no mention is made of formula. Luckily the ped office has a website that offers some information about feeding. I'm going to give them a call and see what they recommend at five months.

I'd wanted to be able to exclusively breastfeed the baby until he was six months old. It saddens me that I may not be able to do this. I also realize that plans are made to be changed. Life is rolled out full of things we didn't expect to happen. I didn't think I'd have to figure out something else if the pumping wasn't enough.

Looks like we're back to the drawing board on this one. At least we have the luxury of numerous options if we need them. I'm thankful for that.

At the daycare, the teachers advised that if I went the formula route they would only give Mercer the formula bottle as a last resort if he went through all three breastmilk bottles (and I wasn't able to stop by for another feeding).

This is not to say I think there's anything wrong with formula--there isn't. It was just my plan and my preference to try to stick with breastmilk. I want to do what is best for my son, however, and if that means supplementing his feedings with formula to ensure he's getting enough food, then so be it.

We're both far enough along in our breastfeeding that I don't think the little one would be confused by a bottle of formula. After all, he's been getting at least one bottle of breastmilk a day for months. I'm sure he may be a tad gassier or burp-ier or that his poo might change color, but if that's the worst of it then I'll take it.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.