Adding Powdered Formula to Cereal?

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Registered: 10-06-2010
Adding Powdered Formula to Cereal?
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Fri, 01-06-2012 - 9:09am

It's me again....we're still experiencing some slow weight gain:

Born (6/5): 7lbs 5oz

1 month: 8lbs 15oz

2 month: 10lbs 7oz

4 month: 12lbs 7oz (dropped a curve at this appointment)

6 month: 14lbs 2 oz (stayed on same curve as 4 month)

7 month: 14lbs 8oz (stayed on same cruve as 4 month)

I took DD (7 months) to get her flu shot booster yesterday and asked for a weight check while I was there.

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Registered: 09-08-2007
Fri, 01-06-2012 - 9:53am
With my first DS (who was FF) I was told I could make his cereal with his formula if I chose for the flavor similarities. I didn't I just made it with water, or you can even make it with EBM, or juice if you want it sweet. If you want to add any calories to her cereal, I'd just make it with EBM if you have enough to spare to do that :)
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Registered: 10-27-2006
Fri, 01-06-2012 - 11:24am
If anything, I'd slow down on solids -- keep the food at daycare, but nurse exclusively when you're together. I'm sure by now you've seen this page:

http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/growth/weight-gain_increase.html

The cubes of fruit and veg are very low calorie and might be replacing higher calorie milk. At least you might consider using avocado, sweet potato, or banana for those feedings -- something higher cal.

But it's also important to look at the baby. Is she growing in length and head circumference? Is she happy, meeting milestones, shiny hair, growing hair and nails, seeming energetic? If there is a medical issue that's a whole different story, but if she's just small, that's OK.

I ended up allowing my DD to be overfed at daycare and to this day, she's 4 1/2 now, she can eat enormous amounts and has gained over 20 pounds in the last 3 years. Now that we are offering her gum sometimes she is finally starting to eat less and I really think she was eating when she wasn't hungry because that's what we taught her to do as an infant. I think we do more long term damage by trying to stuff small kids with calories than by letting them be small if they naturally are.

Off my soapbox now, carry on...
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Registered: 10-06-2010
Fri, 01-06-2012 - 2:21pm

Thanks, I think your 'soap box' speech makes sense ;)

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Registered: 10-27-2006
Sat, 01-07-2012 - 7:44pm

It's a hard thing when everyone is telling you something is wrong, and I've had it both ways.

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Registered: 02-16-2008
Mon, 01-09-2012 - 10:10am
Emily--

I think your soap box makes perfect sense. I kept getting told to feed DS more (he actually did have weight issues, but that's neither here nor there for this). Literally, our doctor kept telling me I was causing him developmental harm until he got up to where *he* (the pedi) thought he should be. He's never going to be a big kid...genetically he's built just like my brother and cousins. And yet, I was constantly getting told to cram more in him. Even when he spit up everywhere, I was told to feed him more; if I gave him more, it would be ok if he spit up a quarter of it. Oy.

And we're definitely causing food issues for kids later! DH and I have been very clear that we never expect DS to "clean" his plate, and we'll never bribe him with food. I did tell him yesterday that he couldn't have a second orange without eating some yogurt, but that was more for the acid. This is our new battle with MIL.
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