15 Month-Old Isn't Gaining Weight - Stop Breastfeeding At NIght?

Elisa - posted on 09/23/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )




My daughter, Molly, hasn't gained more than 8 ounces since her 9 month appointment. Her doctor is concerned because she has officially fallen off of the weight percentage chart when she was a consistent gainer up until that point.

At our latest appointment, the doc suggested that I try to cut out her nighttime feedings due to a possible connection between lack of weight gain and overnight nursing in smaller, active toddlers. I had never heard of such a thing, and it just seems so backwards to suggest that feeding Molly less in a 24-hour period would help her pack on the pounds.

To give some background: Molly has been a little powerhouse since she started crawling at 10 months. Her walking (and running) came shortly after, and I haven’t been able to get her to slow down since. Her growth in length hasn’t been slowed at all and aside from her weight she is a perfectly healthy toddler. She is meeting/exceeding all of the appropriate milestones and has a generally happy disposition. She has a good number of wet and poop diapers everyday as well.

I have been trying to get her weight up since her 12 month appointment, but still can't fathom how to pack over 1000 calories into a small child when I'm lucky to get 4 ounces of solids into her in a meal. I pack the fat and high calorie items into her meals, but it doesn’t seem to be helping since her solid intake isn’t always as positive as it could be.

She does still nurse – after meals, before naps and twice at night. I have not been to a lactation consultant, but from what I've read my milk should be of a decent fat percentage because the cream top on expressed milk is consistently very thick (over an inch high on a 6 ounce bag).

Sorry for the novella. I really appreciate any words of wisdom you can give me. I just want Molly to be healthy, and her weight feels like a constant stress hanging over us.


Sarah - posted on 09/23/2013




I wonder if your doc is wondering if she is "drinking" her meals. At 15 months her main source of food should be coming from solids and not milk. Sometimes kids will drink lots of milk and "fill up" on milk and not eat what they should be eating in solids. At her age she should really only need about 12 ounces of milk a day the rest of her diet should be coming from her food. For the most part that is about a 4 ounce glass of milk at each meal. If she is nursing after each meal, before both naps and then again twice at night....that sounds like she is getting probably close to 24 ounces of milk. My guess is if you cut back on the milk she will start to eat more of the solids. This would then help her weight gain and also give her the right nutritional diet she should be having for her age. After the age of 12 months most of her nutrition now comes in the food that she is eating instead of the milk.

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