On and off eating (9 months)

I am very concerned about my 9 month olds eating habits. One week she will eat her cereal and solids and the next week she won't. I'm worried that she may not be getting enough to eat. She has 3 to 4 bottles a day with anywhere between 8 ounces and 10 ounces each. HELP!

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Sue Gilbert

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Dear Christy,

So long as your baby is not giving up on solids all together, then I see no need to worry. Not all babies develop on a smooth continuum. Many things can cause a reversion to earlier ways (Just wait until you potty train!). Teething can cause a baby to want to skip solids for a while. A low grade illness, that may just having baby feel not up to par, but too subtle for you to pick up on a thermometer may cause a set back. Don't be surprised with a two steps forward, one back type of progression. Also, no need to worry that baby is getting enough to eat. Babies are remarkably good at controlling intake to meet needs. That is because they are so in tune to their body's cues for hunger and satiety. Four bottles of 8 to 10 ounces of formula will give your baby all the nutrition he needs in a day.

To encourage the solids, be sure to offer them before the bottle, when hunger pangs are highest. If the bottle is being drunk first, he may be too full for the solids.

Thank you for writing.

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