I think I’m starting to get a bit confused with the “building up” of food and drink for the baby. Maybe its information overload or worrying unecessarily but I think I may be after some advice from other parents out there.
The reason for my puzzled state goes something like this. My, now 6 month old, baby boy has never been fantastic on milk and its always been a bit of a challenge to make him drink all his bottles. I think on a GOOD day he manages about 20oz. On a NORMAL day this can range between 15 – 20 oz. The Health visitors have never seen it as a problem, as he is following a line on his growth chart and is consistent in his growth pattern. So…not the best milk drinker, but so far, so ok.
Now. Since food has been introduced it is becoming even more difficult to get him to drink the “required” 20oz a day. Apparently that is what the guidelines say. And apparently after 6 months this becomes even more important due to depleting baby iron reserves. At the moment he us having 2 meals comfortably a day and in the next month or so I should be building up to a 3rd meal.
My worry is that milk is just going to get pushed out even more than it is doing now. Having scrutinised a few suggested baby meal planners it looks like baby should be having about 4 bottles and 3 meals a day. That sounds like a heck of a lot of food and drink to give to my little one even in a couple of months time. And for one who seems to have a dislike of milk anyway its like the perfect little “get out of milk, free” card for him. He loves food and wolfs it down. It just the milk he doesnt seem keen on…or the bottle? Or the brand of formula? Or…hmmm, I don’t know what.
At the moment I’m thinking I’d like to stick to two meals a day so that the 3rd “meal” could then be a bottle of milk. Or maybe substitute with something like a yoghurt or milk based pudding. Have other parents done this? Does it work? Will it give him enough of what he needs to keep going/growing/thriving? Or should I be giving him smaller portions of food and that way he has to drink more milk?
I would love to hear what other parents are doing / have experienced. Do people out there have milk-haters, food lovers? Did milk get crowded out of your little ones diet earlier than you wanted? Did you sneak it in every other which way instead? Basically, as you can see, I am a bit… ok…a LOT confused.