Now that we have started practicing aware parenting – we thought we can also start a program to wean DS away from formula totally. At week 2, he was consuming anywhere from 500-600 ml of formula. So, we decided to slowly halve this amount, by only feeding him with formula every alternate feed. And last week, after becoming fully aware of his crying patterns and feeding routine, we further experimented by bring the formula down to 240ml.
We wanted to follow the method of weaning given in http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/decrease-formula.html. And now as of day 4 into this scheme, we are at 180ml and even this looks like much for DS. He has gained 4 oz. in these four day and his dirty and wet diapers have been fairly steady at about 3 every 36 hours, though the first day there was little scare with no dirty diapers. This, we now think is due to his body adjusting to the new feeding pattern.
Anyway, proceeding this way, in another 2 weeks, we hope DS can be fully out of formula!! Last Friday, we had mom use the breast pump exclusively to see how much milk we could express. Turns out she was able to produce about 480ml in 24 hours. We plan on repeating pumpathon next friday and hopefully, the supply would have increased.
The healthometer teddy bear scale, http://www.amazon.com/Health-Meter-HDC100-01-Babies-Toddlers/dp/B0009MFUZE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1315960668&sr=8-1, has been a god send, allowing us to continue experimenting with DS’s feeding needs. We hope the day is not far when we are done with supplementing DS with formula.