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Feeding an 8 month old boy ...

My boy was on milk alone till he finished 6 months (that's bc he's both breastmilk and formula fed - for him not to be overweight wt time). He was taking even as much as 60 oz. in 24hr. Now that dropped to less than 30 oz. I assume he does not want eat that much b/c his poops are dark and hard. I cannot 'force' him to any prune nor pear. He still dislikes juices. Those days he does not smile much and is so distracted by all around it wears both of us to attempt to have anything eaten or just change his diapers. What would you do? Any suggestions moms?


Asked by Anonymous at 4:40 PM on Nov. 16, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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Answers (8)
  • Maybe some Karo syrup would help with the constipation. Its a dark corn syrup and can be found in the baking isle. It is very sweet and you just put a tablespoon in with his formula.

    Answer by justluvinmyson at 4:44 PM on Nov. 16, 2009

  • Does he have any teeth? He sounds bored and hungry for real solid foods.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:47 PM on Nov. 16, 2009

  • dark and hard? an he's only drinking milk? he's dehdrated for one and how dark? is it blood?


    Answer by Anonymous at 4:48 PM on Nov. 16, 2009

  • babies ONLY need to drink milk or water. leave the juices in the fruits and teach him how to eat a proper and healthy diet.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:49 PM on Nov. 16, 2009

  • he had 14 oz of breastmilk alone, 7 oz of formula, 3 oz of b.m. in cereal and ate 6 oz of solid food (sweet patato, cracker, peas, carrot - all distributed over day). Juice in amount of .25 oz only. He did not want to drink more when offered. What am I doing wrong? It amounted to 30 oz. The next day he had 2 bowel movements, both medium size/hard/dark brown. Had only few spoons of cereal and all together drank 24 oz . Certainly no b.m.the next day? How to work on him?

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:10 PM on Nov. 16, 2009

  • The most a milk a baby should ever get is 30 ounces a day. If you were giving 60 you were overfeeding. Babies can't regulate their own intake, some will keep sucking down milk they don't need. I don't understand why you would feed a baby 60 ounces of breastmilk and formula so that the baby wouldn't be overweight. If you don't want a baby to be overweight you just breastfeed.

    Formula is constipating. If you are still lactating you can just feed breastmilk or breastfeed along with solids. Rice cereal is also constipating. You want to give fruits and veggies, real mashed foods.


    Answer by Gailll at 5:21 PM on Nov. 16, 2009

  • he's old enough to be on solids you need to just keep him eating good and search for something that catches his attention.

    Answer by Jan0609momma at 5:31 PM on Nov. 16, 2009

  • His pediatrition said to feed him upon request and its ok of milk alone - no matter how much - since he was going through growth spur. This happened only once, these days he was taking around 40 oz. Well, he is tall (97%) and weights not little either (95%). Proportionally OK i would say. Much of it is to be burned when boy's crawling. Thank you for all the inputs!

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:42 PM on Nov. 16, 2009