Can a baby over-eat and not want to drink?

Kristal - posted on 04/15/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Recently, I've noticed that my 13-month old is showing a lot more interest in eating his food and not drinking as much fluids. I don't know if this is just a coincidence or if he is eating so much that he is not in the mood for drinking anything. His Dr. said that he wanted him drinking 16-18 ozs. of milk a day (at least), and some days I can't seem to get him there. Should I be satisfied with the fact that he is eating so much and just let him drink according to what he seems to want, or should I actually limit his food intake in order to leave some room for him to want to drink his milk and water?

Also, one of the other reasons I am sort of concerned about this is my son has always been underweight. So I am hesitant to cut down on his food just to try to get him to drink more. I also don't let him have a sppy cup at his disposal all day long because I don't want him filling up on fluids and then he doesn't want to eat his food. This is also the same reason that I don't usually give him his cup until after he finishs his meals. Whenever I have given it to him during his meals, he starts showing little interest in food.

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Janet - posted on 04/19/2012

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I agree that if your child is content and wetting diapers not to be worried. It's the fat in the milk that they want them to have so make sure that he's getting fatty yogurt and cheese to keep up the dairy if he's not drinking that much milk. My son too won't drink that much and once my daughter was off of bottles she too never took as much as was suggested from a sippy. I do leave water out all day for my kids though, you can't really fill up on that and with it getting warmer here I want to make sure they stay hydrated.

Louise - posted on 04/15/2012

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As long as your child has a drink when he needs one I would not worry. My daughter is three and she has never drank 18oz in a day from birth as she hated milk right from day one. If your child is wetting a nappy frequently and it is not stained brown in colour or really smelly then he is hydrated and there is nothing to worry about.

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