Strange 6 Month Appointment Does This Sound Right

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FF - January 24

My son had his 6 month appointment at the pediatrician's yesterday. They took the usual measurments and while his height increased in percentile, his weight had dropped in percentile. He did gain weight of course, but not as much as I tought. I asked the doc if this was a problem and she looked at me like I was an idiot and said "no, why would it be?" She also said I can start giving him the Stage 2 baby food and that he should be eating about a jar and half three times a day. I asked how much formula he should be getting per day and she said 16-18 ounces. That's the least amount of formula I've ever heard!!! I know she's a doctor, but I've never heard that they should get less than 24 ounces in 24 hours! I tried to be tactful and said that I wanted to be careful not to crowd the formula out of his diet, and the woman looked at me like I was stupid AGAIN and said that I SHOULD be taking the formula away gradually at this point! This just doesn't sound right to me.... He's only 6 months old, they are supposed to get formula for a year... How can he surrvive and gain weight properly on veggies and only 16 ounces of formula?! It just doesn't seem like enough to me... Does anyone have an opinion about this? Maybe I'm just worried over nothing, I know I probably am, but I'd like some advice if anyone has any. Thanks!


jj - January 24

They should be eating more at this age, 3 meals a day nd snacks in between. You can also give them water or diluted juice. They will not need as much formula when having three meals a day. Go with yur instincts though, see if he wants his formula after his meal, he may have some but not as much as usual.


Lisastar9 - January 24

My guess I would give 4 to 5....... 8 oz bottles of formula a day. I never gave my kids formula they only bf.


Sophie's Grandma - January 24

She's right...go with your instinct. Also try some info on-line. Perhaps the fomula company has some advice, or goole feeding babies. I've yet to do this (but will). I'm also going to see what Gerbers has to say. It's been 22 years since my first born started eating but my daughter & I will need to know soon enough...Sophie's 6wks today! And gaining a little 2nd chin.By 5mons. you can give teething biscuts. WARNING, NEVER LEAVE THE ROOM WHEN BABY IS EATING! How much pablem is he getting? Consider asking some other new mom's how their doctor is. You should feel comfortable asking anything! Does this doctor have children?:) get the bibs out:)


FF - January 24

Thanks ladies... Right now he's eating anywhere from 22-30 ounces a day, usually 6 ounces at a time. He's been getting solids twice a day up to now and I'm just worried that adding in another meal will decrease his formula too much. The thing I really didn't like was the doctor's att_tude, like my concerns were stupid. I'm a well read, educated person, and a good mom (if I do say so myself)- but she made me feel like a dumb a** just for asking questions! Grrrrrr! :P


Jen A - January 24

I have my daughters 6 months check up today I will let you know what my DR says


jg - January 24

I was worried about the amount of milk my baby was having, and when i took him for a seven month check up i took a complete list of what he has during the day. This is it: 7am 150mls formula. 9am 1xweetbix with 100mls formula. 11.30am 100mls formula. 1.30pm 1/2 cup yoghurt 1xcheese stick 1xshortbread biscuit to chew on 50mls juice. 4pm 100mls formula. 6pm About 1/2 cup meat/potato/pasta/vegie mash with 50mls juice. 8pm 150mls formula. Total 16oz formula through the day, but he won't take any more and if I make up more he just won't drink it. It just didn't seem like enough to me, but she said because he was having yoghurt and cheese that it was fine and she also said to start slowing down the formula feeds, which i thought was weird. But I am just going to keep doing what I am doing and go by him. If he will drink it then he can have it. If he goes off it then I will just try to put more dairy into his diet I guess.


momma - January 24

I was told something ber much like what you were at my dd's 6-month check up (she drank 24 oz daily at that time) she is now 9 months and has 16 oz of formula a day 3-5 size 2 jars and 4-8 oz cereal, 4-8 oz juice and (or) water, and crackers, cheerios, biter biscuts, and veggie puffs as snacks she is perfecly healthy. and once in a while my mil sneaks her a sucker or a sip of "real" milk of some cake or cookies, dd did gain weight in the time from her 6 month check to her 9 month check (about 2 lbs.) she is still in the 95% for length and 80% for weight (always has been in thoose %) maybe you could give him what the doctor recomends and if he still seems hungry after meals give him more at that time good It didnt seem like enough to me at first either but dd is happy and healty im sure your son will do fine


Meredith - January 24

It does not seem like a lot of formula to me. I remember being worried that my first was drinking too much and I think they are not supposed to go over 32oz/day. I was shocked on Monday when Alexia had her 1 month check up that her doc said the new recommendation for solids was not to start until 6 months. That is crazy! I say trust your instincts and your baby, if he needs more than 16oz, let him have it. At the same time, maybe start trending towards more solids and less formula. Eventually, it will even out to where you are supposed to be.


Jbear - January 24

A lot of pediatricians act like it's their job to make parents (especially first-time parents) feel stupid. That really doesn't sound like enough formula to me (and they need the fat in the formula for brain development) and I don't think the little jars of baby food are that nutritious. I never decreased the amount of formula I gave my older daughter until she turned 1, and then we stopped formula but she was still drinking a lot of milk.


C - January 24

Your doctor is wrong. Obviously never force feed your child but formula/b___st. Here's a basic guideline for the first year I found. The First Month A newborn needs to eat approximately every 3 hours. Many babies feel the need to eat every 3 hours both day and night. However, if your daughter is more interested in sleeping at night rather than eating, you can let her sleep so long as she gets at least 8 full feedings in every 24 hour period. At each feeding, she should drink 2-3 ounces. She may drink less the first few days though, as some babies do not feel hungry until they are a few days old. If this is the case with your daughter, keep offering her the bottle at regular intervals, and soon her appet_te will increase. Months 2-3 By the second or third month, your daughter is able to drink more formula per session, and can wait longer between feedings. The average baby at this stage needs 5 to 6 feedings of 4 to 6 ounces each. Continue to feed her as she feels hungry. Do not force her to finish a bottle that she seems uninterested in, and do not deny her a bottle when she is clearly hungry just because the clock says that it isn’t time. Months 4-6 At this age, most babies are still getting most nutrition from formula, but they may be getting some additional solids as well. A baby this age should be fed 5 or 6 times a day and each bottle should contain 5 to 6 ounces of formula. Remember, even if your daughter is eating some solids, it is important that she still gets the recommended amount of formula each day. Months 7-9 At this point baby is almost certainly getting some of her calories from solids. Her need for formula may drop slightly, but it is still important that she drinks 24-32 ounces a day. Let her hunger be your guide. If she is taking in less than 24 ounces of formula a day, consider giving it to her before her meals; on the other hand, do not give her more than 32 ounces of formula a day. Months 10-11 Baby is now becoming more and more dependant on solids, but she still needs formula. She may be taking her formula in a cup or in a bottle. She is able to drink up to 8 ounces of formula at a time, but may be drinking formula as little as three to four times a day. Formula can be given along with meals, in between them or just in the morning, at nap-time and before bed. She should still be drinking between 21-32 ounces of formula a day unless her doctor recommends otherwise. Month 12 and onwards At 12 months of age, most doctors recommend switching babies from formula to milk. Some babies take the transition from formula to milk easily, while others will need to have milk introduced gradually. Be kind to your baby's tummy and taste buds, and let her set the pace as milk will continue to be an important part of her diet throughout her toddler years. Consult your doctor if your daughter’s intake of formula is consistently above or below what is recommended for her age or her weight. However, if she is happy, healthy and grows at a normal rate, she is most likely drinking the appropriate amount of formula.


jg - January 24

I'm even more worried now - as I said my 7 1/2 month old is only drinking 16oz of formula a day and just will not drink any more than that. He is just above average height and weight........should I be doing anything different?


FF - January 24

Wow thanks for all the info, everyone! C, I've read something similar to that on, which I think is a great source of info! I am just going to play it by ear for now and let him eat what he wants. To make matters worse, I tried him on his first jar of 2nd foods tonight and he totally puked! Poor baby :( Anyway, I'm not going to let a doctor come between my instinct as a mommy! Thanks again everyone!


Meredith - January 24

jg - if your child is happy, and your doc has not said anything about not enough weight gain, then dont stress. Every baby is different.



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