Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Cindy | 2011/10/19


How much per day

Before I get to my question, let me provide you with some information regarding my baby. She is 4 and a half months old now and she is already about 9kg (she was 8.5 at her 4 month appointment) and 65cm long. According to my doc''s chart, this is the size that would be " normal"  at 6 months. BUT, he said not to worry because some babies grow super fast and then slow down.
She sleeps about 10 hours a night without waking up and has done this from the age of 2 months. Prior to this, however, she had BAD colic and neither of us slept much. Most of her time was spent eating and crying. I heard that eating soothes the cramps and so babies eat more when they have colic. Is this true?
The reason why I ask is because when she was smaller, she ate about 1L per day!!!!! That includes her night feeds. She would eat small amounts VERY often but I ALWAYS let a minimum of 1 hour pass before another feed.
Teething signs started at 2 months (excess saliva, crying, red cheeks and mouth, slight fever etc). That along with her sleeping through the night has caused her to consume less milk per day. She is now consuming approximately 600 - 700ml per day. I started her on cereal just past the 4 month mark. I only include 1 teaspoon in her second feed and another one in her second last feed of the day. She seems content. Her stomach is working fine. I really have no complaints. She is a SUPER happy baby and actually wakes up SMILING instead of crying for food!
So, seeing as though there are NO problems that I can see, I would like to know if I am giving her the right amount of cereal AND how much is the minimum amount of milk that she should consume per day? My doctor also said that I can add soup to her diet. What he means by soup is some veggies (not things like onion though) boiled. Then strain the solids out and give her the liquid. Is this OK? If so, how much should I give her?

I know I have a LOT of information and questions. Thank you for taking the time.

Expert's Reply



To start with you have a happy and good baby so you must be doing things right.Your daughter is a big girl, in the top 2% for baby girls of her age for her height and weight.Her height is perfectly in balance with her weight so she is not overweight! She is starting on solids so she only needs her cereal twice day. There is no need to give her soup now. Her actual fluid requirements are about 900ml per day so she is not drinking too much milk. At her age milk is her main source of nutrition.

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