So Nat turned 7 months just as we went for a 4 day holiday in Hanoi, leaving him with my mom and helper. Thank God all went very smoothly – his daily routines were pretty much the same with some bonuses like going along for park visits with the dog. The only exception was – Nat started drinking much less milk for his morning and last night feed. So now Nat is on a 4-meal plan with milk inbetween, in line with a Heath Promotion Board (HPB) article that we came across.
While we were away, pics of Nat at mealtimes, sent to us by my mom was something we looked forward to. That lump of orange in his bowl is actually threadfin porridge with grated carrots.
So anyway, back to the question – why is Nat not interested in his milk as much as before?
We know that babies who have started solids still need at least 500ml of milk daily (formula and/or breastmilk).
Nat usually takes 550-600ml in a day but last week, he just didn’t want to take more than 80ml for his last feed at 10pm. Normally, he would drink between 120-150ml in order to last till the morning.
Then I wonder…
Maybe it’s time to change to stage 2 milk?
We have not switched him yet as Nat’s PD asked us to let him continue on stage 1 for 1-2 more months (we forgot to ask why) so at his next vaccination appt, we’re going to enquire if he can move on to stage 2.
Maybe purée/solids twice a day isn’t enough?
So after he refused to drink milk for his 7am feed, my mom mixed his milk with some rice cereal, and he had no issues with that. Then she came across an article in the newspaper about how much babies above 6 months should eat. We basically have to help him structure his meals such that he has breakfast, lunch, teatime and dinner!?
We then incorporated the guidelines in the table above into Nat’s schedule so for the past two days, he’s been having 4 meals with milk top-ups given before his naps and after his solid meals.
7am: 60ml-90ml milk + rice cereal
- Previously he would take 90-120ml of milk but this has not been the case since last week.
- Initially, I thought maybe his last night feed is too much so he isn’t really hungry in the morning but he has also dropped his demand for milk at 10/1030pm.
- However, with the rice cereal, he doesn’t reject the food so I’ll have to check with his PD why this may be the case?
1030/11am: Porridge (with fish/vegetable) for weekdays, and oatmeal (with a fruit/vegetable) for weekends
- His favorite is fish porridge with either grated pumpkin or carrots
- We’re going to mix with grated sweet potato next week
- Oatmeal cereal is best taken with a fruit mixed inside for taste
12pm: pre-nap milk top-up
230/3pm: afternoon milk feed followed by fruit purée for tea time
- This was and still is his biggest milk feed via bottle between 120-160ml depending on his extent of hunger
530pm: evening purée (1 main vegetable base mixed with either a fruit or another vegetable) + 1 teaspoon rice cereal & 2 scoops milk powder
- When Nat first started on solids, we offered 1 main vegetable but we have been giving him combinations of vegetables and fruits for the last few weeks.
- His evening meal is quite standard as the recommended vegetables that don’t give gas problems are butternut squash, carrots and peas.
730pm: pre-bedtime milk top-up
10pm: last milk feed
- This is the puzzling one that seems to be dropping on its own.
- Last week, a mere 90-120ml could last him until the next morning. However, if he takes anything less than that, he will be peckish at 4/5am.
In summary, this adjustment to his feeding schedule was an interesting development that took place while we were overseas. It also just proves that nothing is too big that free wifi and whatsapp cannot solve.
Till our next couple getaway 🙂