Baby isn't eating and is losing weight!

Kaitlyn - posted on 02/14/2015 ( 1 mom has responded )




Ok so I was a dietetics major in college, so I know how important breastfeeding is. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to because I was on treatment for Pleuracy after my pregnancy. Anyway, I always assumed that the reason my daughter was underweight was because I had to formula feed her. I avoided formulas with rice cereal because you are not supposed to incorporate grains into their diet until they are a year old, but now that she is getting older and still very small I decided to incorporated them early. I have tried to give her baby food but she will not eat it and she only eats very tiny amounts of cut up food, so her main food source is still formula and she is almost a year old. She seems like she just gets skinnier (15lb right now). I have talked to her doctor and he just says to feed her more often, but she will not eat! She only eats 2-3 6oz. bottles /day and maybe 1 oz. of solids if I force her to eat it. I am at a loss of what to try to get her to eat; I am getting desperate.


Sarah - posted on 02/14/2015




What was her birth weight? Until her first birthday and for a time after, formula can provide the nutrients and calories she needs. At 15 pounds she would consume at least 30 ounces per day. The general rule is 2 to 2.5 ounces per pound. This is for a baby that is not on solids. A baby on a modified table food diet will consume less formula. I am shocked that you though formula would cause your child to be underweight. If anything, formula fed babies tend to gain weight a bit quicker.
You need to consult a different pediatrician. To simply tell a mother of a baby that is not gaining weight to feed more often is negligent.

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