Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Shelby | 2007/06/04


Am I starving my child?

Hi there,

My four month old baby weighs just over 8kg. My paediatrician said I should feed on demand and exclusively breast feed for 6 months. After he has fed, he pulls away or falls asleep. This to me means that he has had enough. He drinks every 1.5 hours during the day.

Some people have said that as he is growing so fast he needs some solids in his diet.

What is your opinion?


Expert's Reply



His weight is excellent for his age and he falls into the top 25% of babies of his age as far as his weight is concerned. He is certainly not overweight. He seems to be thriving so no change in his present diet is needed. He can start weaning at his age but things are going along so well that you could easily wait another 4 weeks before introducing small amounts of solids.

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Posted by: Mommy | 2007/06/04

Your child would have screamed non-stop if he didn't got enough food. My little one was also huge at birth and on a very fast track. For the first 3 weeks he screamed and wanted to drink all the time - also every hour and a half. I took him to the paed and he said that he wasn't getting enough milk and I had to supplement breast with formula. Most of his problems was of the past after I also started to give formula. I, however, did start on solids as from 4 months - my paed said that I had to because he is on such a fast track. I started with rice cereal in the evenings and he is now 5 months and also gets Purity fruit and veggies during the day.

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