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lvfunandfit December 6th, 2007 03:32 PM

My daughter, Danika is 8 months old. She's been in the 20th-25th percentile for weight and 50th for height since she was born. Her birth weight was 6lbs 9oz and she was 21 inches long.

At 6 months weighed 14 lbs and was 26 in.
Now is she is 8 months old, weighs 14lbs 7oz and is 26.5 in. She only gained 7 oz in 2 months. She is now in the 5th percentile for weight and 10th for height. My heart sank when I checked her status on the chart. Granted, she started crawling and burns more calories.

I didn't breast feed her. I did pump for nearly 4 weeks but didn't have enough supply. She drinks formula and has been on babyfood since 5 months, which she hated and now seems to like it better than formula. She will only eat barley cereal, no rice or oatmeal. She only gets 16-22 ounces of formula a day. She refuses to eat more. Some days she'll eat a 4 ounce bottles at one time, but most of the time I can't get her to eat more than 2 or 3 ounces.

The dr mentioned that we need to feed her more often since she is a snacker and try to feed her an ounce to two ounces every hour and eventually start adding things like butter or olive oil to her food to get her to gain weight. I did try pasta yesterday mixed with a little olive oil and some sweet potatoes. She would not eat it. She screamed!!

I was also told to try not to feed her in the middle of the night... but that is really the only time she'll eat a full 4 ounce bottle. The dr said that if I push the night time feeding off til 5 or 6 am then she will be more hungry during the day and eat more.

I really am not sure what to do. She was eating 3-4 ounces every 2.5 to 3 hours but now her appetite has dimished some. She eats about 2-3 ounces every 2.5 to 3 hrs. I think it's because she's gotten more busy and is on the go all the time... she is definitely a curious crawler.

Everyone comments on how little she is.
I seem to be more worried than my dr. BUt when she was diagnosed with torticollis and plagiocephally the dr's didn't show much concern and now we are on 4.5 months of PT and have been told she'll need at least 3 more months once a week. So, when the dr's act nonchalant I don't know what to believe.

Do any of you give infant vitamins? The dr said I could start them since she isn't getting her daily amount from formula. What brand do you use if you do give them?

anyway... that's what's going on. Thanks for listening.

nvr.4.gtn December 7th, 2007 07:30 AM

hi and welcome! I don't have a lot of experience here as my daughter is also FTT but just at 23 months old. She was fine before then.
Me persoanlly I would not be concerned about your daughter, most babies drop in percentiles at 5-8 months old because that is typically when there own bodies start developing at their own levels. I know NIhcole wen from 45th down to the 20th at 6 months and that was not a concern at all and I was told that is completely normal to drop there. Are you small? Or your DH? Genetics can play a roll around this age.
As far as her eating at night, that is a wives tale that says they will eat more during the day if yu don't feed them at night. If your baby is hungry at night then feed that baby! Thats just my personal opinion though..

I don't give vitamins since Nichole eats a well balanced diet, but when i do start giving them to her, I would only do the natural from food products one. Not the synthetic ones. Synthetic vitamins (flinstones and whatever) have to quadroopal the amount the baby needs because the body cannnot obsorb them properly. So thats my 2 cents

lvfunandfit December 7th, 2007 10:33 AM

Thanks so much!!! I wasn't worried until I saw that she dropped to the 5th percentile. I also know that she is burning more calories by crawling. You made me feel better.

My fiance isn't a big guy... pretty average and I was a tiny baby and scrawny kid growing up. I started getting to be average size in middle school. So, I guess she is following in my foot steps. i called my mom yesterday to ask her about me as a baby and she described me and it sounded like I was the same as Danika. She said to not worry about numbers.. it's just hard not to worry.

I read to add 1/2 scoup extra of formula to each bottle to add more calories.... I don't know. My dr didn't seem worried at all....

AnnaBananasMom December 7th, 2007 12:37 PM

Hi! Welcome! Sorry you are concerned about your daughter. I wouldn't start sounding the alarms just yet, especially if your doctor isn't concerned. I can't remember the exact numbers, but I seem to remember around this age that the average baby should be having 22-26 ounces of formula a day? I can't remember. Anyway, that was the recommendation, but my daughter was more like 16-18 ounces a day. I was then told that 16 was really the bare minimum before they felt they had to supplement with something else. How much does Danika average in a 24 hour period?

I have mixed feelings about adding extra scoops of formula when the issue is low appetite. I tried it for a while with Anna, but I found she just ate less. It is denser, so she will stop eating sooner. Plus, my daughter also got very constipated and I had to give her extra water anyway.

I assume you've tried different bottles and nipples? If it's too much work to suck, a baby who doesn't have a big appetite will quit sooner. Also, I would agree to try and eliminate the snacks. Is she distractable to push her back by, say, even 30 minutes? I would give it a shot for at least a week and see if her daily totals are about where she is now with her snacking. My daughter is 19 months, so she is no longer on bottles, of course, but this has been something we've had to do for her meals and it has helped a lot. There's only so much you can do with an infant, but if you work slowly over the course of several days or a week, you might be able to change her habits.

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