Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Racoon | 2011/05/03


Big 8 month old - how much food?

Dear Prof

My almost 8-month old is 73 cm long and 8.75 kg in weight. He is very active, is crawling efficiently and pulling up to standing. He seems a little light for his height? Is he eating enough? about 3 tbsp cereal for breakfast, a third of a pot of Woollies fresh babyfood afor lunch (also about 3 tbsp) and then half to one small pot of yoghurt for dinner. He drinks 300 ml expressed breastmilk (with some rooibos and a small spoon of brown sugar added) at creche and then nurses at 17h30, 19h30, 22h30, once or twice during the night (sometimes more probbably due to teething) and again early morning probably around 05h00. He already has his two lower middle incisors, and his two upper canines are erupting (passion-gap style) right now and really quite painfully so. My husband is concerned the breastmilk may not be enough, but I think he''s just eating poorly due to the teething pain? what is your valued opinion? many thanks!

Expert's Reply



Your baby son's weight and height are both slightly above the average for his age, so he is certainly getting enough to eat and drink. He may well not be eating as well as usual lately if he is busy teething.

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