My 11 month old needs to gain weight!!!

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We are trying to avoid a feeding tube for our former 25 weeker. He drinks about 16 oz of pediasure a day but needs 28 oz.

Any advice?

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Heather - posted on 03/15/2009

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My daughter is 10 months and was having trouble gaining weight. One of the dietician's from Children's called me with some resolutions. My daugher is on Neosure 22 cal-the dietrician said we can make it 27 cal by adding 5 scoops formula to 1 cup water. She also recommended mixing heavy whipping cream into her cereal in place of the formula. We've tried the 27 cal and my daughter seems to be putting on more wieght...something to consider...it really helps!

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Caroline - posted on 07/04/2012

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Sheila - posted on 03/17/2009

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Hi Rochelle! I have a 28 weeker baby boy who weighed 900 grams when hes still in the incubator. But he had a good weight and quite heavy but not overweight though he started also on a feeding tube for three months in the hospital. My secret? n infant massage. A light massage coming from a mother is very helpful to gain that extra pounds not to mention the muscle and bone strength. I have a little background on therapeutic massage when I was still single and now I got married and had my first born who is a preemie, I am using what I learned but of course being very careful because what I'm handling is an infant. Please do try caressing him every now and then. A touch therapy also helps. I have proven that to my baby. And when hes nurses and doctors see him now, they cant believe he used to be so tiny. Used a baby oil when giving him a light massage after a bath and before bed time. Now my son is 18 months old, I never missed giving him a daily massage. I hope it will help you. Good luck!

Julie - posted on 03/12/2009

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We feed my 12 month (actual) 26 + 5 weeker Similac Neosure mixed up to 27 calories/ounce. There was a time he was on 30 calories/ounce ... mixing per directions makes 22 calories an ounce. The higher calorie formula makes his stool infrequent, but he tolerates it well and has been gaining weight like mad (put on about 1.5 pounds since January). Our nutritionist from the children's hospital, the NICU docs and his pediatrician have all worked with him on this.



How many calories per ounce of Pediasure?

Brittany - posted on 03/11/2009

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Is he on Neosure? Have you tried giving him cereal in his milk? Neosure is high in calorie for preemies. How many ounces does he take at a time and how many times do you feed him?

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