Need help with my 7 month old...

Ashleigh - posted on 05/25/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Hi,



I have a 7 month old and we're having eat issues. He started baby food at about 3 1/2 months and loves it. Probably about a month or two ago, he started drinking less formula. He had 6 ounce bottles to start and he drank all of them at every feeding, but now he's starting to slow down. We talked to the doctor and she said to keep track of his eating and as long as he's getting at least 25 ounces a day, he's fine. I upped his bottles to see if he'd take more. He gets baby food three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). He gets 6 ounce bottles with the baby food and 7 ounce bottles otherwise. He eats every 4 hours. He gets half a jar of veggies and half a jar of fruit. He'll take about 5 ounces out ofevery bottle. He eats five times a day and I know that's 25 ounces a day. But what I would like to know, is how can I get him to eat more without taking baby food away completely? Why is he taking much less than what he used to take? If he could eat baby food all day, he would. I keep pushing him to take more, but ends up taking half a ounce and is done, so that doesn't change how much he took really. We went back to the doctor and she said keep doing what we're doing and if he starts takin less then come back. Yesterday he took a total of 19 ounces and today so far he's taken 15 1/2 ounces. I don't know what else to do. Any help or suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks!! :)

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User - posted on 06/07/2009

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o! and Pedialyte is amazing for dehydration issues caused by less formula. My son has bronchitis for a month and wouldnt take a lot of formula at 3 months and he depended a lot on that!

User - posted on 06/07/2009

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my son is 6 months and his ped and a specialist both said that some babies naturally start weaning themselves from the bottle! my boy did this same exact thing and I was soooo worried but they helped me a lot. They gave us liquid vitamins to replace anything he might not get from less formula. And if u want him to get more formula mix some in his cereal and food.

Mel - posted on 06/06/2009

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your are right do not use pediasure it is for weight gain and for a total meal replacement. just to let you know since my daughter has been on pediasure she has no touched her food for at least 3-4 months. its not good unless your child has severe eating problems x

Ashleigh - posted on 06/06/2009

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No pediasure. It'll fatten him up from what I was told. If you see his pictures, he doesn't need that. lol

As long as he's not losing weight, not to worry. Wow. I can try. lol.

I've tried feeding him the food after the bottle. He doesn't take as much as he anticipates getting baby food. Sigh. I'll keep trying. I've come down to 6 ounce bottles, all of em. Sometimes he'll take all of them, other times he'll take 2-3 ounces. Hopefully he'll start eating more. Who knows? lol. Thanks for the reply.

Nancy - posted on 06/06/2009

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My daughter who is 7.5 months does the same thing and it makes me nuts with worry! I started her on cereal at 4 months and had to stop when her formula intake dropped dramatically. I tried cereal again at 5 months and it happened again. I spoke to my doc about it and he told me not to worry since she wasn't losing weight. My daughter was born well above the 97th percentile so as long as she doesn't lose weight I've been told not to worry.......might as well tell me not to breathe!



Anyway, this is what I've done to increase her formula intake. I give her the bottle first and then feed her solids 30 minutes later, decreased the amount of food I give her (still feed her 3 times a day) and wake her up after her bedtime for one last feed which she rarely completely wakes up for. Recently, she has started holding her own bottle and I've found that she actually eats more when she feeds herself.....go figure!

Ashleigh - posted on 06/06/2009

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Little one has an ear infection with congestion/sinus problems. He wasn't pulling on his ears or anything like that. No pediasure til he's 1 year old. He's too young from the doctor said. He said give him pedialyte?? That wouldn't help him would it?

Ashleigh - posted on 06/01/2009

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He's going to the doctor Wednesday because he is now sick. I beleive it's allergies but won't know til then. I'm also going to mention the eating problem. I have not tried a different brand of formula. I honestly don't think he likes formula anymore. I haven't tried mixing it with anything either. If he doesn't take the formula in a sippy cup, could I give him some water in a bottle, would that help him stay hydrated? I'm getting so frustrated with this, because he's wasting formula. He's starting to now take at most 4 ounces out of every bottle. And he gets 5 bottles a day. Something has to be done so he can be getting the nutrients he needs. Thanks for your response.

Ariel - posted on 06/01/2009

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He could be getting what he needs from the solids and not feel hungry for the formula. To keep him hydrated though try putting water (or watered down juice) in a tippy cup and offering it if he shuns the formula. He will probably ignore it in a bottle as he'll think it's just more formula, but the cup could convince him to taste some.

Really the biggest issue with not having enough formula is dehydration. Also, have you tried out a different brand of formula? They have different tastes and he may just want to try something new. Or mix a splash or two of apple juice into the formula to change the flavor a bit.

Ashleigh - posted on 05/30/2009

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I talked to the doctor and all she said is bring him in once month for a weight check. He gets baby food twice a day instead of three times a day. He's still not doing much better. I've tried regular milk and he's not liking that, cold or warmed up. He now gets three 7 ounce bottles and two 6 ounce bottles (with the baby food), but he still takes the same amount out of each bottle. He leaves about 2-3 ounces behind in each bottle. I am still keeping track of it just in case he decides to start taking less than he is now. His doctor will strongly suggest not to start regular milk until he's a year old, but if he's refusing the formula then what do I put him on, ya know? What are the signs for not wanting the formula anymore? Thanks to all replies.

Michelle - posted on 05/28/2009

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Quoting Sarah:

As they eat more baby food the amount of formula they drink will be less. The important thing is to make sure it is balanced. They are going to go up and down just like they would with just formula with growth spurts. It is ok if they take more formula one day then the next, just make sure overall they are in the recommended amount. The formula has the most nutrients, so if you notice they are not getting the recommended amount decrease the baby food. The amount of recommended formula will also decrease as the child gets older.



I agree with what Sarah stated. I have always been told that the formula is more important at this stage then feeding them the baby food. They get more of the nutrients they need to grow from the formula then they do the baby food. I would cut down on some of the baby food and focus on more of the formula if you need to at this point.

Joy - posted on 05/28/2009

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Its normal and babies do it at diff ages. My son is nearly 9 months and has just started milk refusal. My nurse said it is fine as long as he is getting his vitamins via food and keeping his weight up. Some babies just ween themselves off the bottle/milk until they are ready for cows milk. My son likes to drink his milk from a sippy cup now and not a bottle. I also make sure he gets calcium via cheese and yoghurt and lots of omega 3 through tuna and veg which is what is in formula to help with brain development. Dont stress, it is perfectly normal and I am very surprised that no doctor has told you this yet....if you want more info google "milk refusal" there is a whole heap on it. oh and fyi my son has 2 course meals for brekkie, lunch and dinner, then snacks of cheese and yoghurt and biscuits in between and lots of water and milk in a cup if he will drink it. good luck.

Tanyss - posted on 05/27/2009

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babies will eat until they are full. Dont push him to eat more than necessary - this will lead to obesity. He will let you know when he is hungry for more.

Laura - posted on 05/27/2009

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Quoting Ashleigh:

He was twenty pounds and then went down to 18 when we first started having this problem. He's back at 19 now. He had gained 6 ounces in three weeks. Does that sound normal? If I decrease baby food, he still won't take as much formula. The doctor said he needs AT LEAST 25 ounces a day. He's not getting that. He'll get somewhere between 19 and 23 ounces. I would like him to drink th recommended amount of formula along with taking baby food. I've already tried regular milk. He does not like it, I give it to him cold, no. I warm it up, no. I will more than likely have to take him back to the doctor again. :-( Does anyone know what would happen since he's not taking in the amount he needs? I don't know what else to do. I'm just worried that they'll find something wrong with him. I'd like to find out sooner than later if something is wrong with him but at the same time, I'm still worried. Thanks for the replies. I'll keep you updated.


I'd say he's fine. But that's also because my son was exactly the same way. His doctor told us that if we were really worried about just to give him pediasure. He said that all it was is just flavored formula so they will drink. Every doctor says something different. It all depends. And my daughters doctor said that the best way is to do it by your baby and not what a doctor says. So you're the parent and you know your child better than anyone else. I've went through this with both of my kids. And I got same response from both doctors.

Ashleigh - posted on 05/27/2009

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He was twenty pounds and then went down to 18 when we first started having this problem. He's back at 19 now. He had gained 6 ounces in three weeks. Does that sound normal? If I decrease baby food, he still won't take as much formula. The doctor said he needs AT LEAST 25 ounces a day. He's not getting that. He'll get somewhere between 19 and 23 ounces. I would like him to drink th recommended amount of formula along with taking baby food. I've already tried regular milk. He does not like it, I give it to him cold, no. I warm it up, no. I will more than likely have to take him back to the doctor again. :-( Does anyone know what would happen since he's not taking in the amount he needs? I don't know what else to do. I'm just worried that they'll find something wrong with him. I'd like to find out sooner than later if something is wrong with him but at the same time, I'm still worried. Thanks for the replies. I'll keep you updated.

Sarah - posted on 05/25/2009

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As they eat more baby food the amount of formula they drink will be less. The important thing is to make sure it is balanced. They are going to go up and down just like they would with just formula with growth spurts. It is ok if they take more formula one day then the next, just make sure overall they are in the recommended amount. The formula has the most nutrients, so if you notice they are not getting the recommended amount decrease the baby food. The amount of recommended formula will also decrease as the child gets older.

Laura - posted on 05/25/2009

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My son did the same thing at 7 months. I stopped giving him formula all together. He might just not like formula anymore. That's the reason I stopped giving it to him and his doctor said to try pediasure. His doctors exact words were pediasure is just flavored formula so the kid will drink it. As long as his weight is where it's suppose to be you're fine.

Danielle - posted on 05/25/2009

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He could have been going through a growth spurt, or a series of spurts and has reached a lul. If your very concerned you should probably call the dr. How is his weight in general? Do you want him to drink more formula and still eat as much solids? It's my philosophy that if he's getting what he needs than he should be fine. Best of luck.

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