I'm worried my daughter isn't eating enough!

Erica - posted on 10/08/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )




My daughter is 8 months old and from day one we have had difficulties getting her to eat/drink formula. She NEVER finishes a bottle and will go very long stretches between eating. We tried starting her on baby food at 6 months, but she refuses. When she doesn't want to eat she will throw herself around, shake her head, scream, spit, kick, hit, anything to avoid a spoon full of food or her bottle. If she was gaining weight I wouldn't be too worried, but I just weighed her today and she hasn't gained any weight since last month and has grown an inch! At 8 months, she only weighs 15.6 pounds and is 28 inches long. She is very skinny too. By the time my son was 5 months old he was a chubby rolly polly. My daughter still wears her 0-3 month dresses and shirts, but anything that snaps or has pants we have to buy 9 months for the length. I'm worried she isn't getting enough nutrition. I've read that by now she should be having about 32 ounces of formula a day. Today she only had 18 ounces total. We've tried everything we can think of. I'm taking her to the pediatrician tomorrow to see what he thinks. Do any other moms have some suggestions?????


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Amy - posted on 01/29/2014




Hi there! I am a seasoned mother of four and can tell you every baby is different however I would agree with you that something more is going on. Have you considered she may be experiencing ear discomfort? Whether they are having itchy ears, or ear pain it can case much discomfort to them and the Doc can't see pain; usually by the time a doctor can detect it they are really suffering with an ear infection. When a child or babies ears are bothering them it can be painful to swallow. Teething can also cause ear discomfort and make them not want to suck or eat. My go to remedy for baby is Soothe My Ears by Balance Becomes You, they are all natural. The effects of the essential oils are calming for baby as well. Soothe My Ears also works great as a vapor rub and I put a little on the glands under the ear too. You can also place them on the bottom of the feet and then put socks on. They really are amazing, I refer to them as my cure all. You can order them on Amazon. Hope this helps

Sonya - posted on 10/08/2013




She isn't throwing up is she? She is fussy, acting hungry? Getting water when needed? Is she energetic not droopy like she is weak or unable to function?

All babies are different. Comparisons only give a broad picture of the individual. Charts of weight and height give a guideline ONLY.

The pediatrician should help. If anything to relieve your anxiety. Most of the time, we moms, feel better when we can make our children eat, especially when they are smaller than we think, thinner than we think they should be, ....

She doesn't have any allergic responses, i.e. vomiting, rashes, from any food that you have given her, does she?

Than I would say, feed her when she's hungry and wants it.

The reassurance from the doctor should help to make you know you are doing what you can. and your baby is just fine...

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