When Nathan was first born we supplemented his diet with formula. My breastmilk was taking its sweet time to come in. I was induced 2 weeks early because they were concerned for his small size, so we needed to feed this boy! I think we supplemented him for about 2 weeks and then that was it. He was nursing well and seemed satisfied, and he's been exclusively breastfed ever since.
I started him on solids at 4 months and now he's up to 3 meals of solids a day. Plus, I still breastfeed him on demand. He's a happy baby and rarely complains. But he's still small. He's at the bottom of the charts for weight. I haven't been too concerned about it because he is so happy and he is meeting all of the developmental milestones.
So fast forward to August. I have been toying with the idea of weaning him in September. Whether I want to face it or not, I will probably have to go back to work when my maternity leave is up (come on lottery!). So I started to mix his oatmeal with formula to get him used to the taste. No dice - he would not eat it! This boy does not like formula.
But Nathan loves water. More specifically, Nathan loves to drink water out of his cup with a straw. So I mixed a very watered down formula in there, and he started to drink it. I slowly brought the concentration up and no problems. The other day I mixed him a bottle of formula and he guzzled it down.
So this morning he wakes up at the un-godly hour of 6:30 am. I went into his room and nursed him and, since he was still awake but I wasn't, I brought him back to our bed. After letting play for a bit, I nursed him again hoping he would go back to sleep. After it was clear that he would not, I relented and we got up.
In the kitchen I made him his oatmeal and added some pears (his favourite food). He only ate a couple of bites, which was strange. After a while I decided to try some formula. As soon as he saw me grab the bottle he got really excited. So basically within an hour of waking and 2 nursing sessions, my son drank an additional 4 ounces of formula.
So now I feel bad. Since he never really complained about being hungry I assumed that he was happy. Now I wonder if he ever truly felt full? Or maybe my milk supply has dropped recently? Either way it looks like he will be weaned by September. Hopefully he'll put on a bit of weight too.