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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: Tish | 2004/01/15

Q.

Formula

Hi Doc

Thanks for the advice on my previous question.

My son is 6 and 1/2 weeks premature. When he was 6 weeks old I took him to my paediatrician and he told me to change his formuls to Lactogen so my baby could pick up weight which I did, my baby is 4 months old and is very chubby and weighing 7.7kg's he eats alot which is my fault I fed him on demand which my paediatrician agreed with he said it was fine to feed him on demand, It's just that it's 3 hours between every bottle at 175ml which I feel is too much for him now as he should have more hours in between each bottle. He does have his juice in between his bottles. He has porridge in the morning and veggies at night.
I would like to know if I should change his formula to a less fattning one and if so which one would you recomend I change it to or is the formula that his on ok.

Any and all advice you have to give me on this is more than welcome and much appreciated.

Thanking you in advance
Tish

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

The formula is correct and it is not advised to use reduced fat products in the first year of life, because babies do need the energy. If your baby is eating twice a day you may reduce the total volume of milk intake to around 120ml/kg/day and offer unsweetened drinks in between to quench his thirst if necessary.

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