Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Feeding fun

Many of you know the ridiculous efforts we had to go thru when Sophia was labelled "Failure to Thrive" . . . mandatory Haagen Dazs ice cream, lots of peanut butter, etc.

A year and a half later and we are now having feeding adventures with Jude. The fun never stops around here!

Mid-January I noticed that Jude, normally a fast eater anyway, was breastfeeding (both sides!) in 3 minutes flat. Hmm. Seemed a little fast to me. So I had him weighed before and after one of these little feeds at my breastfeeding support group, and it turned out he was only taking in 3 ounces. Hmm again. Should be more like 8 ounces at his age.

So that's when the lactation consultant recommended that I start pumping 4-5 times a day . . . or whenever he took in just a short feed. The goal was to increase what was immediately available, so that even if Jude continued being lazy, he would get more.

FYI, pumping five times a day is way time consuming. And add to all this that Jude had also decided that he didn't want to eat anywhere but in my room with the white noise machine on.

That first week the only time I left the house was to get the mail. So that's when I started re-painting the kitchen, because if you are going to be stuck at home 24/7, might as well get something done that has been on the to-do list for a while.

Fast-forward a few weeks, we finally decided to start Jude on solids. He was sliding down the growth charts, so his pediatrician said it was time. I had been hesitant to start him with all of the allergy/asthma issues in our family (hello, Sophia!), but at least we made it to seven months. And hey, I have a nice stash of breastmilk in the freezer to mix up his cereal!






I am trying to make sure I make one new puree every couple days to stash in the freezer,
and so far he loves them all . . . applesauce, apricot, banana, sweet potato, pear, cauliflower, and tonight's new one will be carrot. Time to ease into some real (green) vegetables next!

We're still dealing with fast eating and supply issues, but when Jude was weighed last week at the doctor's office, he had gained six ounces in two weeks and leveled off on the growth charts. The boy does like his solids!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dr told us to not let our oldest go to cereal until 6 months old - yeah, right. His sleeping went from 4 hours to 3 to2 in about 10 days - fed him cereal before bed, back to 6 hours of sleep. But he was 2 before he slept through the night more than 2 nights a week. Growing boys....

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