Our game plan for feeding Lewis at daycare failed miserably last Thursday. The Tylenol timing didn’t work out with his feedings, so it was as if he didn’t even take any Tylenol and he rejected all bottles.
The head teacher emailed me in the afternoon and (in kinder words) said that something needed to change and we had to find alternatives to the bottles immediately.
Commence motherly panic.
She suggested rice cereal combined with my breastmilk so he is still getting the nutritional benefits of my breastmilk even without drinking from a bottle. He loves to eat solids, so this seemed like a good suggestion, except that I am not a fan of the idea of rice cereal.
Who knows which studies you should actually listen to when there are so many conflicting conclusions out there, but I know there is some information circulating that rice cereal is pretty bad for babies. Something about it immediately converting into straight sugar when it hits their saliva.
Again, who knows who did these studies and what is right. But it is kind of like all of the pregnancy studies about alcohol: “We know a lot of alcohol is bad, but we don’t know what ‘a lot’ is, so you better just not have any”. I can get on board with that logic when it comes to my baby’s food and how what he consumes can impact his health for life.
BUT… starving for 4 days a week is also not an option. So I compromised with myself and bought him some whole grain baby cereal. It may not be the elixir of life, but combined with my breastmilk, I’ll accept it. Sustenance of any kind = a win.
Another suggestion was to just switch over to solids for the majority of his calories while he is at daycare, since he loves them. Hydration, protein and fat were all issues that popped into my brain with this idea, since baby mush is basically just straight veggies and fruit. So I talked with his doctor about adding in some yogurt to his diet, since that has lots of fat and protein, which other baby foods don’t have.
Again, there are a lot of studies out there about dairy proteins this young, but when your child is starving himself at daycare, you have to think about what is the lesser of the evils. Lewis’ doctor said there is a baby yogurt that is made from whole milk that is OK for babies as young as 6 months. The “studies” out there say that is false advertising, but protein and fat are very important for growing babies, and if he won’t take bottles… and his doctor OK’d it…. I guess we’ll go for it.
We also tested a sippy cup over the weekend. Lewis thought the sippy cup was amazing. So amazing, in fact, that he smiled the entire time he used it. Which resulted in much spillage, and very little milk consumption. But since he liked it, I sent him with a cup to daycare for them to try out. Maybe he’ll learn to swallow from the sippy cup instead of just grinning and letting it dribble out of his mouth.
So there you have it. The new plan: Sippy cup, yogurt, whole grain cereal with breastmilk, and mushy solids.
Doc confirmed that he only needs about 80-120 calories per meal with how frequently he eats during the day/night. So I think he’ll be okay with that combo. I’m eager to pick him up this afternoon and get the verdict.