how to get all those ounces down...

Jeanna - posted on 08/26/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Any tips? I'm supposed to feed my little guy 40 ounces a day and it is really really hard!

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Firebird - posted on 08/29/2013

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Sounds like you're doing all you can to get all that formula into him. What kinds of solid foods is he eating? Try offering only high protein/high fat healthy foods like passion fruit, kiwi, avocado, coconut, spinach, beans, squash, pureed meats etc. These are just some but there are tons of healthy, fatty and protein rich foods that can help make up for the formula your son isn't drinking. If he eats yogurt or baby cereal, you can mix some formula into it as well.

Coconut oil is great. If he eats toast you can "butter" it with coconut oil, you can make baby biscuits for him and substitute coconut oil for the butter or margarine. Actually you can mix a small spoon of coconut oil into just about anything you feed him, it can be expensive so it's cheapest to buy it in bulk, but it's worth the price and should definitely help your baby gain a few pounds.

Jeanna - posted on 08/29/2013

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I definitely want real advise so my apologies about the lack of info or in reality, the lack of time to give the info. LOL

He is 9 months old and is way behind on weight so doctors have him on 40 ounces of formula a day - which is a lot! I rarely can even get that many in him and when I come close it is a struggle. He doesn't want to eat anymore and I pretty much have to make him and it sucks. I figured there may be other people who have had to do this and they may have some tips for getting all these ounces down. I was trying to get him to take 8 ounces 5 times a day but there were times the pre-school couldn't get 4 ounces down on 2 feedings... so this week I started trying to give him 4 ounces at a time 8 - 10 times a day. Does that make sense? Still now getting all the ounces in but getting closer. If you have any ideas that would be great.

Firebird - posted on 08/26/2013

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How old is he? Why do you have to feed him exactly 40 ounces a day? How much does he usually drink? And what exactly are you feeding him? I'm assuming formula, but if you want real advice, we need more information.

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