Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Nini | 2011-01-31


eating question

Hi doc. I have 2 questions:
1) My daughter is 11 months old. According to me she is a fussy eater and eat''s very little at a time. According to her school she LOVES food. She started a new school today, and both schools have told me that she absolutely loves food... any food! And that she eats a lot. But at home, I struggle to feed her. Maybe 5 bites out of each meal - both in the evenings and on weekends. Is she possibly taking chances with me? Should I leave her if she doesnt want to eat?

2) She is currently on 3 bottles a day (150ml when she wakes up at 04:00  100ml after her afternoon nap  100-150ml at bedtime). She seems to be drinking less and less, and specifically her afternoon bottle she seems to be drinking less and less of. Is it time for me to eliminate this bottle? Also, her frame is petite but she now weighs 8.7kg, she is very healthy &  thriving, can I assume that she is drinking enough milk then in 24hrs? I have tried many ways to increase her milk intake (including nesquick!!!). Not doing so anymore, but desperate times calls for desperate measures :-)

Expert's Reply



Regarding your first question, your baby daughter may watch all the other babies eating their food when she is at the creche and she obviously wants to join in the fun.She gets nice and full at the creche so does not seem to be hungry enough to eat at home. You certainly do not need to try to make her eat. She will eat what she needs.
The answer to the second part has some realtionship to your first question as well;your baby's weight is exactly on the average for a baby girl of her age so she is actually doing very well. She may look petite but her weight is good and you say she is a healthy baby which is also good news.She is taking enough milk now [she probably drinks some at the creche as well?] and you certainly do not need to adopt any desperate measures.

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