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If my 9 month old eats solids and drinks plenty of fluids then why does her dr keep saying to put her on formula?

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:17 AM on Jan. 9, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • What fluids does she take?
    Is she under weight for her age and height?

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:18 AM on Jan. 9, 2010

  • Is there an iron deficiency?


    Answer by SaraP1989 at 12:18 AM on Jan. 9, 2010

  • Unless she is drinking breastmilk, she needs formula until age one. BM and formula contain essential fats and nutrients that whole cows milk doesn't.

    Answer by Nathskitten at 12:19 AM on Jan. 9, 2010

  • because at her age she needs the nutruition from the formula

    Answer by mommymeg03 at 12:19 AM on Jan. 9, 2010

  • Maybe he is worried about her not getting all the vitamins and nutrients she needs. If he is asking you to give her a bottle of formula a day I understand, but if he is asking you to cut off all food except formula then I think he is nuts...

    Answer by armywife2009101 at 12:20 AM on Jan. 9, 2010

  • Breastmilk or formula is the main source of nutrition until 1yr because it is the easiest to metabolize completely meaning getting complete nutrition. They just don't get enough from solids until they are further developed.

    Answer by truealaskanmom at 12:22 AM on Jan. 9, 2010

  • She is only 9 months. She either needs regular breast or formula until at least her first birthday. Is she plotting low on the growth charts as well?

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 12:22 AM on Jan. 9, 2010

  • What is your 9mo old drinking if she isn't drinking formula.
    Formula or breastmilk should be the only source of liquid that she is getting. It is important for her to get those until she as at least a year old. Then she can be switched to cows milk, water, and juice.

    If she has an iron deficiency, if she's underweight, or doesn't get enough nutrients from foods then it's important for her to be on formula or breast milk.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 12:44 AM on Jan. 9, 2010

  • Is she breastfeeding about 5 - 9 times per day and your daughter is plotting a little low on growth chart ???? If you are, your doctor is probably misinformed about what breastfed babies need. Is she having atleast 5 diapers a day? If so ignore him.

    If not breastfeeding, um, why are you asking this question ?? You do realize that children need formula at that age, right? Normally they'd be drinking about 30 oz of formula. That's like 300 calories and a TON of nutrition. That's a LOT of missing nutrition that cannot be met by solids alone not possibly with a stomach that small, the need for a ton of fat in her diet and a baby that young. No way. You need to give your baby formula in her sippy's. Or pump breastmilk if you can and give that. Something. Otherwise you are basically abusing your kid. I mean even if she is growing OKAY who knows what unseen damage you're causing.. This is just not natural at all..

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:49 AM on Jan. 9, 2010

  • because she needs the calcium and other vitamins from the formula/breastmilk at her age she is still a young baby and should be on some form of milk until she can have cows milk at 12 months

    Answer by secondtyme520 at 12:53 AM on Jan. 9, 2010

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