Hi, my daughter's pediatrician has suggested we give her baby food because she has lost weight and is underweight for her age.
She's 4 1/2 months old. She already gets cereal once a day because of this. She only eats 4oz about every 3-4 hours.
Anyways, has anyone else ever heard of this? I know this age is considered too young for baby food, but has anyone else started their son or daughter on baby food this young? If so, how often did you feed them it? Our doctor said to do it three times a day.
I'm confused by your docs suggestions too. The formula is higher in calories. In my research with the AAP they pretty much state that many docs are not highly trained in nutrition. I would ask another doc (maybe a younger doc in the same practice). All I can think of to get some extra fat on her is mashing up avocados with formula. Everything else just has less calories than the formula.
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Answer by Anonymous at 11:01 AM on Dec. 16, 2009
She is too young for baby food (and cereal, by the way) Solid food is not for nutrition in the first year, its more for learning and experimentation. I'd stop ALL solids and just give baby more breast milk or formula (both of which have more vitamins and calories than any food you'd be able to get her to eat) Your doctor should not be recommending solids at this stage. THe World Health Organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics, UNICEF, the US Department of Health and Human Services and many other health organizations say NO SOLIDS BEFORE 6 MONTHS. Your doctor is giving you outdated advice.
Check out this article and all it's references for more info: http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/delay-solids.html
Answer by PhilsBabyMama at 11:02 AM on Dec. 16, 2009
The constipation problem you say your daughter has is made worse (if not actually caused ) by giving her cereal. There is a TON of iron in formula already, and then the cereal is packed with it, too. Sounds like you are overloading her with it.
I still don't understand why your doctor wouldn't tell you to cut out the cereal instead of watering down the formula (which in turn waters down the vitamins and calories she should be getting). That is probably why your baby is underweight. Does your doc know you're watering down the formula and that there is a problem with constipation?
Answer by PhilsBabyMama at 11:08 AM on Dec. 16, 2009