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Offline Kaylyn

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feeding smaller than average baby
« on: February 28, 2014, 18:52:53 pm »
My son was born at 5lbs 13oz at 38 weeks. I am trying to feed him his solids and he takes them well and loves them..but his bottle oz change and he drinks less or if I give him cereal at bed ( 7pm ish) he wont dream feed. He drinks on the lesser end of the 2 - 3oz per pound ratio. If we stretch him to 5 hours it works.. sort of. Any help...should I decrease his solids?? His doctor says follow what the health unit says He is now 1 week shy of 6 months

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Re: feeding smaller than average baby
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2014, 19:05:22 pm »
Milk has more calories per oz than any solid you would feed at this age. Milk is also the better balanced nutrition for his needs at this age. Solids are for tasting and fun until age 1. Have you read about baby led weaning? It may be a allow him to indicate better how much he needs. Consider his size - if he's smaller than the average baby (which is not a bad thing, though medical people often make one feel that way) he will have a smaller stomach and not be physically able to fit as much in each feed. If he's following a centile line and his development is normal then he's probably doing fine.

At this age, you don't want solids to be changing the amount of milk he takes.

When in your routine are you offering solids?
How often in a day?
How much are you offering?

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Re: feeding smaller than average baby
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2014, 22:26:12 pm »
Totally agree with pp. If milk intake is dropping or if you are at all concerned about his weight gain then I would cut back on the solids. Milk is by far more important than solids at this age.


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Re: feeding smaller than average baby
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2014, 23:39:15 pm »
How many oz of milk was he taking before solids and what would he generally take now?

My DD2 cut right back on milk at 7.5 months and I had to cut solids way way back to get it back up and then did more gradual weaning and did BLW.





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Re: feeding smaller than average baby
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2014, 04:37:11 am »
You might want to look at the timing of when you give him milk/solids too. At this age you should give milk first then solids a bit after.
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Re: feeding smaller than average baby
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2014, 06:56:32 am »
We stuck to milk for the first year. Solids were just for fun and we did BLW too. They get to taste diff foods, learn to feed themselves and not that much goes in at the start, so that suited me just fine.
A great phrase I got off these forums "solids for fun, till they are one", was my motto:)