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    Default 9.5 months, 7.5kgs, eats like a bird

    I'm hoping some of you may have experiences to share with babies not gaining weight when they have a low appetite. DS was growing really well until 6 months but hasn't gained any real weight since then. He was born in the 10th percentile for weight, quickly gained up to the 50th percentile by 3 months old and then slowed down. He's now well below the graph for 9.5 months.

    He's bf and been on solids since 6 months. I'm doing a bit of a combo of purees and finger foods three times a day. He almost always refuses the second breast except for right before bed, preferring instead to feed twice as often, so he's bf 6-8 times per day! Similarly, he rarely eats much solids - sometimes 3 teaspoons is all I can get into him and he just makes a huge mess with the finger food without ingesting very much.

    Some people have suggested putting him on formula which I really don't want to do and don't think it would change much anyway, as he just wants to eat like a bird. I tried spacing out his bfs to 4 hourly to see if it would make him more hungry so he might take both breasts but he still only took one after 4 hours so that tactic was going to make him even more tiny.

    Has anyone dealt with a bub like this? Should I be worried? Any tips much appreciated.

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    Hey,

    My son turned 2 in May and he has just cracked the 11kg mark. He is little and doesn't eat a lot ever!. I used to really worry about it but if he is hungry he will eat. Some kiddies just aren't big eaters :-)

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    I can't really help with weights etc, but wanted to say that my DD is bf but I have started using formula in her cereal / museli as I can't be bothered expressing anymore. I use the sachets which makes 120 ml and give the whole lot throughout the day. At the end, of the day I give the leftovers to her to drink in a cup, straight from the fridge.

    That might be a good way to get some formula into him.

    I'll also add that my 7 year old niece only weighs 18kg. My family are tiny and we were also very small as kids. We are all very healthy, just on the skinny side...

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    My DD was still breastfeeding 10 -12 times a day (24 hours) at 12 months of age. She was also a slow grower, i think she just had a fast metabolism. She didn't really start taking in solids til 8-9 months, and it took til 12 months to get decent amounts in.

    Both my kids have generally only taken one side when they feed. When we were a bit worried about DDs weight, i would feed and then offer a top up at the breast 20-30 mins later. Sometimes she would feed, other times not so much.

    Milk would still be main way of increasing weight at this age.

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    My DD was still breastfeeding 10 -12 times a day (24 hours) at 12 months of age. She was also a slow grower, i think she just had a fast metabolism. She didn't really start taking in solids til 8-9 months, and it took til 12 months to get decent amounts in.

    Both my kids have generally only taken one side when they feed. When we were a bit worried about DDs weight, i would feed and then offer a top up at the breast 20-30 mins later. Sometimes she would feed, other times not so much.

    Milk would still be main way of increasing weight at this age.


 

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