Monday, August 07, 2006

Visit to Baby Clinic

I took Amelia to the Baby Clinic today at the health centre. She now weighs 7.44Kg which is 16.4 pounds or 16 pounds and 6 ounces. She is 6 months, 20 days old or just under 29 weeks (tomorrow). This means that she is now a little bit above the 25th percentile (although, intriguingly, if I use the American CDC growth charts, Amelia is exactly on the 50th percentile).

I wanted to bring her today, as I've been worried about her transition to solids/weaning. At the moment, she is having two meals a day, lunch and dinner. And she is still meant to be drinking just over a pint of milk per day (or between 20-32 fluid ounces). I don't think she is getting anywhere near this amount, although, obviously it's hard to tell as I am breastfeeding. Essentially, she is still nursing when she first awakes in the morning and before going to sleep at night, but is showing scant interest during the day. It doesn't seem to make any difference whether I offer her a breastfeed before or after her solid food: she nurses for about 30 seconds and then stops. I am feeling increasingly upset about it as I'm feeling that she is starting to self-wean. I have even contemplated giving her formula during the day (as I often make up some formula to mix with her baby rice/porridge etc and then just end up throwing the remains away anyway) as I would then know how much she is getting. Of course, I feel guilty about thinking about giving her formula, but then she'll have to have formula in a few weeks time anyway, when she starts nursery (her intro-session is two weeks today), so wouldn't it be better if I were the one to start it? But then I feel that perhaps she is refusing the breast because I am unconsciously wanting her to so that I don't feel so guilty about her having to have formula at nursery. And then I feel like I am just going round and round in circles.

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