Ok, I want to start by saying I know all the current recommendations for starting solids is six months. Back with my first child it was 4-6 mths, but I've always stuck to the 6 mth minimum.
My 3 DDs were all fully breastfed. DD 2 & 3 self weaned at around 3 yrs. I did baby led weaning for solids after 6 mths, so all started at different ages depending when they showed signs of being interested in food. Breastmilk was easily sufficient, and none of them showed an interest before 6 mths.
DS at 5 mths however is completely different. He is on formula due to medication I have to take for pretty serious medical issues.
He is very clearly hungry. I've lost count of the mls he takes each day, as he is having a full bottle every two hours, including now overnight. He's an average weight, and definitely not a big baby.
For the last month he has being going mad over our food. Any of us eat, and he watches, makes eating movements with his mouth, and tries to grab the food. We actually feel mean eating in front of him!
He gets really upset when he can't get at the food, and I usually eat seperately and give him a bottle while everyone is eating, but he just twists around and gets frustrated.
I've been reading up on it, and am really disappointed to find that the constant phrase is "breastmilk is all baby needs until 6mths". Not so much here, but everywhere else there is no mention of formula.
In fact, I came across a well know parenting site offering links to articles that stated to never give formula, as it destroyed the babys digestive system. I'm really pi$$ed off, as I've always been a strong advocate for bfeeding, am still a member of the ABA, and have NEVER read such rubbish.
Even before ff myself, I saw it as just another feeding method. I believe breast is best if that's what works for mum and bub, but know that it isnt always possible. We are lucky enough to have an option that is safe, and provides essential nutrients. A lot of mums in third world countries don't get that choice. What a disgusting way to bring down those mums that formula feed for whatever reason.
Sorry for the novel, I'm just shocked.
So what I'm asking is, would you look at trying a small amount of rice cereal at this age? Has anyone else using formula had a similar issue, where it just didn't seem to fully meet bubs needs before 6mths? Neonatal appt (NICU baby) is not for another 3 wks, with none earlier, and MCHN clinic is where ex-h's wife works, and there are massive privacy issues, so no help there
DS is otherwise very happy and healthy...just hungry!