Re: 10 month old weight gain issues! Please help!
Since you and your husband are very much on the smaller end of the size/weight spectrum, I don't think it's surprising that your baby is, too. Sometimes small mom + small dad = extra small baby.
Until around a year, breastmilk is supposed to provide the baby's primary source of nutrition. It has more calories and provides more balanced nutrition than any other food you can offer him- and that includes formula. So instead of trying to get him to take a formula supplement or feed him more solids, how about trying to cram some extra nursing sessions into your day?
I very much agree with the PP that if you're going to supplement, ideally you'd supplement with breastmilk. You could do the double cream thing (i.e. skim the cream from one bottle into the next), reserving the skimmed portion for mixing with solids. It would be great for thinning out some oatmeal or mashed potatoes.
I totally understand why you're unwilling to pump. It's annoying and at 10 months, who wants to pick up the pump and start that again? No-one, that's who. Which is why I would try to nurse more first. If you decide you just can't face pumping, how about adding some extra fat to baby's food- coconut oil would be good, and so would olive oil. I personally would be a little leery of canned coconut cream, since cans are often lined with BPA (nice, right?). Other calorie-dense foods would include meats, beans, and whole-milk dairy products like yogurt, kefir, and cheese. At 10 months, your LO is too young for cow's milk, but he can have milk that has been made into yogurt or cheese because the processes involve break down the milk to a large extent.
Does baby get a daily multivitamin? And did the pediatrician test his iron at around 9 months?
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