Okay dd turned 1 on May 3rd, I can't BELIEVE how fast this time has gone. Well anyway, I've been ONLY giving bites of food here and there, mainly when we eat-since that's when she WANTS it. Other than that though she's ONLY gotten bm from me. What I'm wondering is:
She's been bigger than dd1 since the beginning but now she's only like 1 lb difference than dd1 was at a year. I think she's at 17lbs. She's been that size for about 2 months now. Is this a problem?
I know I'll have to tell my doctor that she's eating more than I really give her. He thinks she needs cereal for breakfast, cereal and a veggie for lunch, and then cereal a veggie and a fruit for dinner. That's been since 6 months and I NO way wanted to do that much. I don't think it's needed and she's GROWN great and is a VERY happy baby. What do you think?? TIA
05-07-2009, 07:19 AM
Changed title, now maybe someone will offer advice!! Thanks!!
05-07-2009, 08:23 AM
My DS will be 1 tomorrow.
we started giving him some solids at 8 months, now he eats bites of food (like cut up bananas, avacado, cooked apple, green beans, carrots etc.) he will eat maybe a slice of avacado, or a half inch off the banana.. at a meal or like 10 cheerios..
he was WAY bigger than DD early on.. and she wasn't small, he was just HUGE .. he was 20lbs by 6 months and now (DD was like 17-18lbs at 6 mo).. 6 months later he is 22lbs.. and he was 21.5 lbs at 9 months.. so he has realllllllllly slowed down - and 22lbs is the exact same size my DD was at 1 year..
he is also super active.. i am not worried and have no plans to change anything even if my pedi has other ideas (and he might, but i doubt it.. so far they've told me over and ove rhwo normal this is - but my DS is still in the ~40-50th% now) ..
05-07-2009, 08:29 AM
Now that she's a year, it is recommended she has more food. BM is great, but at a year, they require more nutrients. I'd start giving her bananas, avocados, etc.
05-07-2009, 01:02 PM
My son didn't have any solids until a year old and even then it was just bites here and there. He is now 19mths and most of the time eats breakfast,lunch and dinner. Still doesn't eat a lot at one time. Some days it's just a few cheerios for breakfast and other days he will eat a pancake. He didn't start eating 3 meals until at least 16mths. I just gradually offered him more until he showed me he was ready. He still nurses every 3-4 hrs during the day even now. My son was 18lbs at a year and now at 19mths is 21.4 and I think he's doing just fine. I would just keep doing what you're doing:)
05-07-2009, 01:32 PM
lol. don't lie to the dr.
there should be no shame if you feel you're doing what you feel is best.
esp. if he thinks she's eating a lot and still not gaining, then he may feel there is a problem... whatever the case, give it to him straight. if he feels she's at risk for malnutrition, have him run some tests.
I think the things to watch out for is behavior as well as growth. Is she walking yet? When they start getting more mobile it's normal for their weight to slow and/or even decrease. If you feel she's healthy, she's got normal pees & poos, she's happy... sounds like a recipe for goodness :)
05-08-2009, 07:33 PM
Thanks mommas. I didn't tell him the FULL truth. I LOVE my doctor and to be honest he's the only one so far that didn't think I was crazy when I told him that I was still nursing my 2.5 year old (at the time, he even knows she nursed well past three!) BUT even when I've questioned the whole solids thing he's like NO she needs: MUCH more when it comes to solids, I don't get it though when bm actually has MORE calories. LOL Anyway we had our appt. today and ACTUALLY she'd lost 2oz from the last time: however I did nurse her right before hand the last time and this time it'd been quite awhile since she ate and I didn't feed her until I'd been waiting for the doctor (after the weight was done) so all in all either she did or didn't loose the 2oz but she's def. not gained anymore.
He didn't seem very worried though-especially since dd1 did the EXACT same thing. She was only 16lbs at a year. He even said she looked happy and healthy and he wouldn't do anything. He said we'd wait until the 15month appt and go from there. She's started crawling but not walking yet, but she's def. active. She follows big sister EVERYWHERE and she barely wants to lay down to sleep. LOL I will start giving more solids to her when we eat I just don't feel that they are the BEST thing for her before a year, kwim?? Thanks girls!!
05-08-2009, 07:46 PM
I agree with the other people that you should tell your DR the truth.
Is she interested in food?
05-08-2009, 10:52 PM
Mine is 15 months and still almost EBF.......... he is offered food constantly, at meals, for snacks, etc, and he doesn't take that much. I think as long as you are offering and she gets what she wants, it's fine. My doctor gives me an earful about that, but I can't shove food down the babe's throat. Good thing he nurses, as far as I'm concerned, or I would be constantly wanting to give him Pediasure.
05-08-2009, 11:10 PM
My friend's DS just got admitted to the hospital since he hadn't grown in months. They really need to still be gaining and have consistent meals of solids. How have their percentages changed? They should be mostly consistent.
05-08-2009, 11:15 PM
Mama, can I recommend a book? I think you'd love it. It's from LLLI and it's called My Child Won't Eat. It's the BEST, and you know it's BFing friendly coming from La Leche League. Dr. Gonzales gives great info on what is appropriate eating at various stages of the game (hint: pretty much anything goes as long as they're healthy) and how to deal with "reluctant" eaters.
05-09-2009, 12:08 PM
I don't see a problem at all! At 1yr she is active and won't be piling on the weight. She doesn't need baby cereal (which is c*ap anyway) 3xs a day.
But then again my kids only get breast milk until 1yr then we add some solids.
05-09-2009, 02:23 PM
Cereal 3 times a day?????? That is insane...suggesting solids is one thing, but all he is suggesting is replacing a wholesome single food source (BM) with an empty single food source (baby cereal). Maybe she's not that into cereal and might be more interested if offered a greater variety of other foods.
05-14-2009, 08:19 AM
Well I do offer her food but not often. I just didn't feel like she "needs" the food, kwim? I'm like the above momma who doesn't really give other soldis til after a year. I just feel like the other Baby foods are giving her much in the way of nutrition as long as I'm eating a good diets worth. And i know that she'll take from me what she needs and then I'll need to replinish MY source of nutriants. After doing lots of research on this very subject I do find that the ONLY thing she is going to start lacking is iron, however when my first dd was checked she was always high with iron and she didn't get many solids either. Anyway I just wanted to hear from other mommas who've btdt. Thanks sooo much!!
BTW he did say she'd gone down a little however he wasn't worried since dd1 did that too. I have been giving her more in the way of meals, like carrots and beans for supper but nothing set in stone, she may get supper tonight and not tomorrow. I do ALWAYS feed her if she acts like she wants/needs it. I of course am NOT going to starve my baby, I def. think we all can tell if our baby needs more. I just got a little worried about the weight gain. If I wasn't doing well checks I wouldn't have even noticed because she does look and act HAPPY and healthy and pees and poos plenty!! LOL