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How can I get my 15 months daughter to gain some weight?

she is 18 lbs and about 50cm tall. she has always refused milk (shes still being breastfed). she eats three meals a day and some snacks inbetween.

any ideas?

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:03 AM on Feb. 2, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • does her dr say she is underweight and what does he or she suggest? children eat best by letting THEM lead. forcing her to gain weight might not be the best iidea unless her dr says she has to gain weight and tells you exactly HOW.

    Answer by sati769leigh at 2:06 AM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • her doc says that she is doing fine because her head is growing normally and her height. but he said that she needs to gain some weight, he suggested to maybe try stopping to breastfeed and try to have her drink like (Pediasure) which she will only take 2 oz a aday! same with regulat milk.

    i tried so many different bottles but nothing seem to interest her for more than 2 oz a day..

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:10 AM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • then it sounds to me like you need 1) a different dr who is more breast feeding friendly. telling you to STOP breastfeeding is highly unlikey a good idea for either of you unless she is ready. but you need more info . a 15 month old can be eating quite a variety o baby foods in addition to your breast milk. what all is she eating?

    Answer by sati769leigh at 2:29 AM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • she has oatmeal for breakfast, some type of fruit for snack (a half a peach or two strawberries or a half a banana). then she has pasta with plain yogurt for lunch. a cheese string for snack again.. then whatever we are having for dinner she has some of it..

    this is a typical day for us..
    does that sound like its enough?

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:34 AM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • that sounds like she's getting plenty. You could try adding a couple crackers to her snacks, to fit some more carbs in if she will eat them. My 2nd son didn't drink milk either, ever, and he was always around the 3% for weight, 50% for height. It's just the way he's going to be - tall and skinny. Some kids are just going to always hand out around the lower end of the weight scale, and that's okay. He's now 10 and very healthy, but still between the 3-5% for weight and his 8 year old sister weighs more than he does (and she's not fat by any means!) As long as she's healthy and gaining weight on HER curve, I wouldn't worry about it.

    Answer by missanc at 10:34 AM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • "he suggested to maybe try stopping to breastfeed and try to have her drink like (Pediasure)" That is HORRIBLE advice! Breastmilk is way better for her, and probably higher in fat and calories as well! Encourage her to breastfeed more. Check out the info at Nutrition for Nursing Toddlers

    and Extended Breastfeeding Fact Sheet


    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 2:37 PM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • Have you tried strawberry milk? My son wasn't drinking milk either. Then we put some Quik Strawberry in and he loves it!! He ended up gaining a pound in a month . He's 17 months and now weighs 21lbs.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:54 PM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • I have tried strawberry milk a few months ago and she didnt and like it. But i will give it a try again and hopefully she will gain a pound or two :)

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:09 AM on Feb. 3, 2010

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