Most effective ways to get babies to gain weight
Some babies, despite regular feedings and lots of nutritional encouragement, just don't gain weight as readily as others. What are some of your favorite tips and tricks to help infants gain weight in these pivotal months?
Is baby breastfed or formula fed? How old is baby? What's the lowest weight and what's the current weight?
Is baby meeting milestones? Having plenty of diapers? Happy?
I'm not really a big fan of making a baby gain weight, if they're overall happy and healthy and there's no underlying medical issues.
All of my kids are tiny, but are healthy and happy, met milestones. Solids didn't make much of a difference either.
As long as the baby is healthy then I wouldn't worry too much. My Daughter has never been on the charts for her weight and only 15% on her height. She is healthy for the most part so the doctor said not to worry. She is eating and drinking. Now if they start losing weight or just don't gain weight at all then you need to have them checked out.
Do try listening to your doc. They don't have alot of nutrition background, usually, but they do have experience. If you disagree, keep searching. Babies should be a little "chunkier" as they use the fat as they grow, and brains are made up of fatty tissue. However, don't just give them fatty foods.You need healthy fat like omegas, etc.
Sometimes not gaining is an absorption issue. All the nutrients are not being absorbed by the baby, and so they are missing something. That is not good. Be sure that you are eating very healthy as a nursing mom. Lots of fruits and veggies and protein. This will go to the baby. If you need more, add cereal for the baby as soon as she can take it. It's your decision when to feed them food from a spoon. if you are worried, start now. if not, wait! I learned to start with veggies, and their taste buds will always seem to prefer veggies( in my family, that worked!)
Nutrition is the key to health. we can give our bodies what they need to thrive if we are smart about it.I've seen and heard of many babies who are failing to thrive who turn that around with a really good, simple nutrition supplement.
m giving my baby sm veg n fruits but not gaining his weight. Pls suggest me what to do.
i am facing the same challenge at present my little angel has completed 10m now. n looking for solution here with big hopes
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hi, i m breastfeeding mom,my baby is 5 month old.and her weight is 5 kg..when she was born her weight was 1.75 pound.now she is active but look like 1 months old baby..she cannot drink plenty of milk.because of some problem of her breething problm.anyone look her and tell that she is not bringing up..i m so worried about her health,,,doctor say that if she is active then no problm... but i want suggestion that what type of food that i can eat,,that help her growing so fat... plz tell me.the diet that i give her,or i eat myself.for her fatness,,,,plz answer me, and keep me secreate
well my son has all ways been small he was born at 6 pounds and left the hospital at 5'8 pounds he was hungry alot but would never gain a lot of weight i didnt do as the doctors said and i made a bottle that was made eight breast milk or forumla and some baby cereal like a baby milk shake and he slept for 4 hours that night and after doing that he started to gain a little weight but not to much ,,
but my son is 9 now and he is only 56 pounds and 48 inches tall but he is healthy and can eat as much as an adult man for dinner and NOT gain a pound I hate him lol cause i can do that and gain 2 or more haha now when you make that ( milk shake) you can buy nipples that are alittle bigger and dont start off with a lot ,and do it at night i did this when my son was 2 months and like i said he slept better at night and looked a lot better in weight and healthiness
Well my preemie son has been struggling with this very issue. We calorie load. Mix his cereal with heavy whipping cream or coconut milk. Add butter to his vegetables along with meat for protein. We also mix his formula to a higher calorie content by doing 3 scoops of formula to 4 oz. of water than the 2 you normally would. We recently had a g.i. consult and they switched him to a hypoallergenic formula and put him on Prevacid and took him off of the appetite stimulant the pediatrician put him on. We have worked with occupational therapists to try to help him want to eat better and am now working with a speech language pathologist on it. In spite of all this he has yo-yoed with his weight since June. Recently after having a good gain by his 1 year check up, he has lost 11 oz. So g.i. has given him until November 17th to gain 2 lbs. and if he doesn't then they recommend putting in a g-tube so he can receive extra formula at night via a pump directly into his stomach. He recently went on a 3 week bottle strike when I tried to switch him to a fast flow nipple and he won't use a cup yet. Thankfully he still nurses.
some just dont gain weight as fast as others
My dd was born 'growth restricted' at 5lbs2oz, now at 20 months she is 20 lbs still followed by a dietician, pediatrician, and MANY other specialists. All I can say is if your lo is not gaining enough weight there could be a medical reason that should not be taken lightly. See your doctor and ask to see a dietician! Always better safe than sorry.
A baby not gaining weight can be very stressful! Our 17 month old boy hasn't gained much weight since he was 8 months old! He is also a super active little boy. Even though I feed him regularly, I discover that I don't really know when he is hungry as he can't talk yet. What I found helped me better understand when he was hungry is by putting many healthy snacks in little air-tight containers on a little table where he could reach. When he is hungry, he goes to his little table and looks through the boxes and picks out his favourite snack and hands it to me for me to decide whether to give him the snack and how much. I put cornflakes, mini-wheats, sultanas, grapes, pineapple slices, wheat-bix, etc in separate boxes. By how many snacks he wants, I can gauge whether to feed him his major meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner) earlier (ie. not to give him the snack and instead increase the volume of food given at his major meals), or give him the snack to give him the extra energy he needs whilst he plays.
Your baby may have an absorption issue, possibly needing probiotics. You may also want to have the baby get tested for gluten intolerance. You may want to consult with a pediatric gastroenterologist. There may also be an endocrine problem, and for that you may need a pediatric endocrinologist. Sometimes failure to gain weight or grow may even be due to stress such as from sleep problems.
keep in mind, doctors have very little education about nutrition, so you might want to consult with a REGISTERED DIETITIAN to get the best possible care for YOUR individual baby.
My baby quit growing for a while and I wish I had left no stoned unturned, but I was assured my baby was fine. :-(
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Everyone who has responded seems to have a child at the age where they are full of too much energy and run around burning extra calories.....If you think about it though it sounds like your 2yr old or younger children are around 20 lbs (aren't most kids of normal size only 40-50 lbs at 4 or 5 yrs of age?). I wish I could tell you how to get them to gain weight but I seem to have a baby who loves to eat he is about 16 lbs and 4 months old (3lb 9oz preemie at birth) I would say though I would watch out adding extra powder to their formula not enough liquid could lead to dehydration and that can be very serious in a small child and they can get that way very quickly
My daughter is 16 months and only weighs 17 lbs. She is a fantastic eater & eats everything that we give her. She is also is still being breastfeed during the evenings and night when she wakes.
My Dr. is not concerned about her weight because both my husband and I were small children. My daughter is also meeting all her developmental milestones. The Dr. just wants to see her every 3 months for a weight check.
My son is 15 months old and weighs 18 lbs. My doctor told me that I am not feeding him enough and that I should feed him more frequently. Both my husband and I were small kids until we got older. So I think it's time to find my son a new doctor..
Anyways, the doctor recommended that I try the carnation instant breakfast packets with whole milk and ice cream. Anythings that will give him extra calories.
My daughter is now 22 months and she has never gained weight easily. Last time she was weighed at 18 months she was 20 lbs. But she's healthy. She eats fine, has enough dirty diapers and has enough energy. I'm not concerned about her weight because I'm also thin. Some baby's just have a fast metabolism. Oh and she was always breastfed with baby food being introduced when she was 4 1/2 months old.
I was told by the doc to add half a scoop more of formula to a bottle. It gives them extra cal. they might be missing
This depends on how old the baby is? Are they old enough to have solids of any kind besides formula/breastmilk?
Try adding a little extra formula to the bottle. If the baby is breast fed, put 1 tsp of formula for every 2 oz of breast milk.