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Old 10-18-2016, 09:00 PM   #1
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Hi! So at my little guys last well-baby appointment (8 months) the doc said he's on the small side and needed to gain some weight. He suggested adding butter, sour cream and whole milk yogurt to his diet. I've done a little butter here and there and he loves vanilla yogurt for breakfast. I'm wondering if there is something else I can try as well?

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Hi! So at my little guys last well-baby appointment (8 months) the doc said he's on the small side and needed to gain some weight. He suggested adding butter, sour cream and whole milk yogurt to his diet. I've done a little butter here and there and he loves vanilla yogurt for breakfast. I'm wondering if there is something else I can try as well?
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Are there any creative ways to add them to other fruits and veggies? I've tried them on their own and he always gags and spits them out :-(
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I would up his milk (formula/breastmilk) considering his age. If he is getting any other liquids then I would go back to just milk for now for the extra calories.

That's about the only idea I have. Mine have been on the smaller side at that age due to genetics and mobility/not wanting to stop to eat. Good luck momma!
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Old 11-09-2016, 09:48 AM   #5
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Have you tried coconut oil? My baby loved this! I used this to help my son gain weight when he was just a few months old. It is great because it has a light flavor and more calories than butter. It melts into a liquid form and has a slightly sweet so can be mixed with a lot of different ingredients. Good luck! I know how hard this is!
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You could try nut butters as well, unless your family has a history of nut allergies.


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Old 11-09-2016, 01:57 PM   #7
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Hi! So at my little guys last well-baby appointment (8 months) the doc said he's on the small side and needed to gain some weight. He suggested adding butter, sour cream and whole milk yogurt to his diet. I've done a little butter here and there and he loves vanilla yogurt for breakfast. I'm wondering if there is something else I can try as well?
You didn't mention if your child is breastfed or not, but if you are breastfeeding, do be aware that there is actually a different growth chart for breastfed babies that is different from formula fed babies. I only learned this with my little one by accident. If your child is breastfed, be sure to tell the doc and ask for a weight measurement against that chart. Good luck!!
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My kiddos have always been on the small side. My first was in the 10th percentile for her weight for the longest time and her doctor wrote "poor growth" on her chart. I felt horrible as a new mother. Well guess what, this has just been her pattern - long and lean. The next two followed suit. I don't go by those growth charts... just how my kids are doing. I think you can tell if they're thriving. Just my opinion!

I agree with some of the other suggestions: avocado, coconut oil (or full fat coconut milk), nut butters.
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My baby was alarmingly under-weight and our pediatrician had me add MCT oil to bottles of breastmilk. Worked like a CHARM and she said is naturally occurring in breastmilk. PM me if you would like more info. I may have an unopened bottle I could send if u decide to try. Good luck!!


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How small is this baby? My baby has been in the 5th percentile since she was born and my doctor hasn't seemed very concerned. Some babies are big and some are small. Of course, if yours is really far behind, then certainly, try to feed him more. It's odd that he said to add butter though, but perhaps that's something new that I haven't heard yet
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