Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: J | 2012-08-04

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constantly hungry baby

Hi, my baby is three and a half months. I am breastfeeding her exclusevely. Fromthe past week she has been constantly hungry, basically all day she wants to eat, and I do feed her. She sleeps nine hours at night. I took her to a baby clinic to have her weight and she has not gained any weight in the last week, moreover, she has lost 20 grams, but, she has grown for 1,5cm. The nurse suggested that I should introduce rice cerel, but I don''t really want to because she is not 4 months yet. Should I give it to her? And, is it possible that she has a fast metabolism (her grandmother has it) and she digests food very quickly? She has been a hungry baby since she was born, but she has been gaining weight very well up until now, she was 3.1kg and 50 cm when was born and now she is 6,6kg and 63,5 cm long.

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

yOUR BABY'S WEIGHT IS ECELLENT, WELL ABOVE THE AVERAGE FOR A BABY GIRL OF 3 AND A HALF MONTHS. IN ADDITION HER HEIGHT IS FAR ABOVE THE AVERAGE. SHE COULD WELL START ON A RICE CEREAL SEEING THAT SHE IS SO HUNGRY AND EVEN IF SHE HAS NOT REACHED THE MAGIC 4 MONTH MILESTONE YET.

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Posted by: Manfred | 2012-08-20

It''s so true. I would make time for the most inane of ED-related things, but I found ecusxes that recovery would take up too much time. The problem is that most of my crazy ED- and anxiety-driven behaviors were reinforced by society. Our college had a breakfast in the student union for the students who had been studying all night. I got good grades, fellowships, scholarships. I got pats on the back for being a gym bunny and for being able to wear that coveted Size Zero.As much as we roll our eyes at the workaholic in cubicle B, we are also deeply jealous of their drive and their commitment. They are the standard we are supposed to emulate. And it''s really bloody confusing sometimes.

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Posted by: Purple | 2012-08-06

Sounds like she is having a growth spurt.

Babies feed really frequently when having a growth spurt as they take in more milk this way - they don''t take in more at each feed, they just feed more frequently.

If you introduce cereal she will take less milk and may get stomach cramps.

Sounds like she is thriving on your milk alone.

Generally these growth spurts pass after a few days to a week or so.

Its also possible that she is perhaps getting ill and feeding more because of this, or just that she wants some closeness to you. Breasts are a mothering tool, not just a source of nutrition. If she doesn''t appear ill but continues not to gain or to lose a bit, perhaps visit your peadiatrician and ask them to check if she has a bladder infection - these can be silent with no outward symptoms (though not always) and can sometimes cause weight loss or not gaining.

A small weight loss or not gaining at one weigh in is not really a worry - you need to look at the average over time and thtat baby is following his or her curve from birth.

Sounds like you''re doing a marvelous job.

Solids should only be started at six months when your baby is grabbing for food and eating it - that way you know that baby has all the enzymes present in the gut for coping with digesting solid food. Cereal is really just sugar and carbohydrates and a bit or iron - not very nutritious at all but for poor people, better than nothing. Your breatmilk is way more nutritious.

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Posted by: Lee | 2012-08-04

Check ur milk supply

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