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An Update on Tandem Feeding

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Saturday, February 10, 2007

Elnora's been back off breast milk this week. As I wrote last month, I'd decided to start giving her a sippy cup of expressed milk each day. It seemed to make a huge difference in her appetite.

It's been about a month. She's now at around 23 pounds. That's about a 2 pound gain!

I've cut back on the breastmilk now because I don't want to put a lot of weight on her really quickly and I also want to have some to give to the milk bank. (I pump about 10 ounces a day.) I'll probably switch to giving her two sippies of it a week and freezing the rest for the bank.

She's continuing to do better at eating though. Still having some trouble with veggies (she loves corn and green beans, but not much else) though she's now up to several fruits (any berry, bananas, apples, oranges, and fresh pineapple.) She's even had some meat! (She might have had a total of 16 ounces of meat in the first two years of her life.)

She at the chicken n dumplings that I made last night and a week or so ago she ate a few pieces of pork tenderloin.

The other interesting thing is that she's really cut her fluids down by a lot. She might have one sippy of milk (mine or cow's) and one sippy of half juice, half water now. For juice, we're using V8 fusion which is a combination of fruit and vegetable juices. It's a little lower in sugar than OJ and Apple juice and not as sweet.

We'll see how it goes...if I notice her appetite dropping off again, I think we'll go back to the "glass of breast milk a day" scenario.

I'm with others, I'd LOVE to see a study on this. I really like the theory that breast milk gets digested so much more quickly that it leaves her hungry sooner than the cow's milk did...it makes good sense.

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  1. Anonymous amygeekgrl | 10:08 AM |  

    2 lbs is great. hooray for mama milk. :)

  2. Anonymous Lia | 7:01 PM |  

    Hi Jennifer,
    I don't have any comment about the tandem feeing. However you mentioned something about your kids wanting to be in the little car/shopping cart thing stores have now and it made me wonder if you have heard of the 5 point harness carseat? I don't want to alarm any mothers out there but a video was bought to my attention a few weeks ago that I think everyone who has small children should watch and at least consider the information in it.

    Here is the link

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=azgBhZfcqaQ

  3. Blogger Meg | 7:32 PM |  

    Good work mama!

  4. Anonymous shylah | 4:48 PM |  

    I may be talking out my neck here cause I haven't read too far back into your archives, but is the problem just that she's a really picky eater?

    I read somewhere that that's often a symptom of zinc deficiency. I've heard some parents say that once they tried a zinc supplement, the pickiness at mealtimes all but vanished.

    Might be something to consider reading up on. Healtheries.com says: Zinc deficiency causes loss of appetite, inhibits growth, slows wound healing, increases developmental disorders, learning disorders, poor immunity and white spots on fingernails. (I've noticed this on my own fingernails.. hmm.)

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