LO is 13month + 3 weeks. Our health visitor came today for his one year check (late, obviously) and weighed him. He weighed in at 18.6 pounds. Which is particularly weird because at the end of September (so 9 months +3 weeks) he weighed 21 pounds. He was weighed naked both times, but on different scales. The HV wasn't concerned really -- he clearly is healthy and she thinks it is down to a difference in scales and that LO was sitting on her scale oddly. He was also pretty sick the last week, didn't eat much and I am sure he lost weight from that. I KNOW he has grown because he can't wear the same clothes he wore in September. Still, I feel anxious about this (had early weight loss issues that landed us in the neonatal unit, so this is a particular point of anxiety for me).
Anyway, I have been wondering for some time if there are any guidelines about how much babies this age should be eating in a day. I know it will vary by baby and even by day, but I'd just like to get a sense for what a reasonable "goal" would be. I know if he nurses 3-5x/day that meets his dairy requirement, but what about the remaining nutritional needs and caloric intake? What does he need to meet those?
Presently, he is nursing once during the night, at wake up, at nap, at bed, and once in the late afternoon. Maybe a few other short times in between, but I don't really know. When I am at work, he takes about 140-200 mls of either EBM or cow's milk in addition to solid food. We attempt three meals and two snacks each day but some days/meals he just isn't interested. I don't BF before meals, except that he almost always wants to nurse at 5pm and dinner is at 6pm. Is this too close?
I have noticed that a lot of times he rejects what we offer out of hand or after a few bites. But, if you offer something else, he might eat that. How many things should we offer (I do not want to turn into a short order cook trying to find something he will eat) after he refuses something? I should say that he is not a picky eater in that he will eat just about anything but just not all the time (does that make sense).
Anyway, any input is appreciated. I do feel anxious about the weight and making sure we are feeding him enough.