If your child is growing well that is how you know your baby is getting enough to eat and drink overall.
The colds can be b/c she has a sibling. Babies exposed to older siblings usually have more colds, even when breastfed.
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Kathy Kuhn IBCLC ivillage lactation consultant Grammy to Brennan, Elias, Elianna, Tahlia, Makenna, Maura, Silas, and Charlotte
The only way possible to tell exactly how much a baby drinks at the breast is via a special scale like the Medela baby weigh, by doing pre and post bf weights to determine the amount the baby is drinking at each feeding. At this point for an 'older' baby I really don't think it would be worth the hassle. Toddlers drink a wide variety of amounts of breast milk. Different babies drink different amounts, even the same baby may take more on some days vs others. There really isn't a general rule like there is for babies under 6 months.
I would not pump and bottle feed just to be able to quantify the volumes. Talk to the ped about vitamins. I'm not opposed to them at this age especially if you think there are gaps in
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization recommend that doctors use the charts based on bf'd babies for kids under 2, but they found that there really aren't any differences once kids reach 2.
((HUGGY)) mama. I think you are probably worrying too much about it. I don't mean to sound dismissive but I think if the ped isn't worried I wouldn't worry either. Doing blood work to check your baby's nutritional status is something I'd imagine only gets done in extreme cases where children have serious health concerns. I don't think I've ever heard of it being done. All
Is second that about various milestones. Some children may reach certain milestones early, and then because they were focussed on learning to walk early for EG, they may talk a bit late. One of my children seemed very late talking. He had only spoken Mum and Dad a handful of times by the age of two. He also heard Italian all day with his grandparents while I worked, and English at home. We went on a two week holiday, during which time he only heard English. Suddenly, he began speaking in complete, grammatically correct English sentences. On arrival back home, he suddenly began speaking complete grammatically correct Italian as well. I always thought - perhaps he was unsure which language to speak, hearing both each day. Hearing just one for two weeks gave him the confidence to open his mouth. He is now someone who talks a lot, and has written a novel (unpublished).