Posted: 30/11/2008 at 20:49
Lizzy - I'm sure it's not what you want to hear but the feeding sounds normal to me - babies can vary so much. All mine have been quite voracious feeders early on - feeding every 2 hours and cluster feeding in the evening till around 4 months. It's important to make sure you're getting enough rest and eating enough to keep up your milk supply, I think. But it will get better and easier to cope with!
We also did something along the lines of BLW this time with Eddie and it worked really well for us - we didn't start weaning till the week before he was 6 months, then started him straight into finger foods and mashed foods - I haven't ever pureed anything for him. The first few weeks were spent getting used to the taste and texture of food, but he soon got the hang of it. I tried to make one meal finger food only (normally tea, so toast, fruit, steamed vegetables etc) , and do a mixture for the other meals (porridge as a finger food isn't so great!). The benefit of waiting till later on was that he could cope with lots of textures ( I think he had a couple of teeth, but apparently it doesn't matter if they don't) and you don't have to exclude much if anything from the diet - there are certain things they're not supposed to eat before 6 months. Anyway - it worked well for us and he's a pretty adventurous eater now (but so are my other 2 who were weaned on purees at 12 weeks - the recommended age 12 yrs ago! - and 20-ish weeks respectively, so it probably didn't make much difference at all). Another tip is to move onto the type of food you eat as a family as soon as possible as it makes life so much easier all round.
MM - I'll look out for you at Royston then! I'm trying to run the whole series this year - although currently running very poorly. Good luck for the next few days.