Baby Care Advice » Baby Feeding http://birthpolicy.org Wed, 15 Dec 2010 19:21:34 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.1 IF YOUR CHILD KEPT ACTING HUNGRY AT WHAT POINT WOULD YOU STOP FEEDING THEM? http://birthpolicy.org/533/if-your-child-kept-acting-hungry-at-what-point-would-you-stop-feeding-them/ http://birthpolicy.org/533/if-your-child-kept-acting-hungry-at-what-point-would-you-stop-feeding-them/#comments Tue, 14 Dec 2010 23:24:39 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/533/if-your-child-kept-acting-hungry-at-what-point-would-you-stop-feeding-them/

Question by S.Z.:
If your child kept acting hungry at what point would you stop feeding them?

My son is 15 months and I think he is going through a mega growth spurt that has been off and on for the past month. Plus we have been more active since it’s summer.

But his appetite and thirst has not been like this since he was a newborn. He eats and drinks and then still wants more and I feel bad for not feeding him more but I do not know what the cut off is or should be.

I do not really know what to do… Feed him as much as he wants or cut it off after it seems to become absurd.

Here is an example… This morning I feed him one egg yolk and a piece of toast with no crust. As I am eating mine he keeps asking (more like demanding) I feed him some of mine. So he has about another yolk and some toast. (we eat our eggs english style where we dip it in yolk and do not eat the white because we are sensitive to the white).

And then it’s all gone but yet he is demanding more. So he has about 10 blueberries. But then that is gone and as he is playing he finds a fortune cookie his dad dropped under the couch (it is the individually packaged ones). And he brought it to me to open and I felt bad that he found it and wanted it so I let him have it. But then it was gone and he wanted more… That is where I just stopped and he did not get anything more.

But then he brings his sippy to me which was full of about 6oz of water and it’s empty and he wants more water. So I fill it and he drinks it down.

He’s been waking up early and he is been hungry right when he wakes which is not usually the case. At all other meals he is not been picky and a fussy eater like usual and always wants more.

And I have been hearing his tummy growl and he starts acting hungry when he just ate an hour earlier…

He’s a huge guy for his age… I do not know the exact current weight and height but about 29lbs and somewhere around 34-35 inches and he is 15 months. And he is very active and high energy. And I have been noticing him growing, the rise on his pants are tight so he is grown in length, and his shoes I just got no longer fit him… So I am certain it’s a growth spurt. But does this mean I should feed him as much as he wants?

But what would you do? Would you keep feeding your child until they were full or would you limit their intake even though they still seemed really hungry?
Also, he is not diabetic (already been tested) and he is healthy and everything has been normal, he is been sleeping more than usual but I attribute it to being really active and in the heat during summer. And stools are normal, everything seems normal other than the increased hunger.
His Dr always tells me to do set portions and rememeber his tummy is about the size of his fist, so I am just worried I will over do it.

But he eats very healthy. He definetly has more than the suggested servings for fruit and veggies.

I also feel like if he is hungry then feed him, but then it seems like he just will not stop eating. I always let him top off with some kind of fruit if he is still hungry after a meal.

And we do cheese and peanut butter on toast or steamed veggies as snack.

But I think I am going to inscrease his portion size.
Becca, he doesn’t really do whole milk because he nurses. But we do whole milk yogurt which he loves… It seems to constipate him so I try not to give a lot of whole milk product.


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Answer by Dread Head momma
feed him!

keep carrots and celery and apples (kids love apples) and stuff like that and let him eat… his body clearly needs it

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GOING OUT TO STORES AND RESTAURANTS WITH A NEWBORN? http://birthpolicy.org/532/going-out-to-stores-and-restaurants-with-a-newborn/ http://birthpolicy.org/532/going-out-to-stores-and-restaurants-with-a-newborn/#comments Tue, 14 Dec 2010 22:59:37 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/532/going-out-to-stores-and-restaurants-with-a-newborn/ Question by Becka E:
Going out to stores and restaurants with a newborn?

Did you go to stores and restaurants with your newborn or baby? How did you go about it? Did you use a stroller, sling or carrier/baby bjorn? When baby cried/got hungry, did you breast feed or bottle feed? When going to a restaurant did you just bring the carseat? Where did you put the carseat? Did it fit into a booth? (I have graco safe seat). Just looking for a few tips and tricks when we do decide to step out. Thanks so much!


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Answer by GranolaMom
I took my boys everywhere with us when they were newborns. I used a sling or wrap, and nursed them wherever we happened to be.

The carseat stayed in the car, so no worries about where to put it.

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BOTTLE FEEDING….HELP? http://birthpolicy.org/497/bottle-feeding-help/ http://birthpolicy.org/497/bottle-feeding-help/#comments Sun, 28 Nov 2010 06:58:18 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/497/bottle-feeding-help/ Question by yummi mummy:
Bottle Feeding….Help?

Hi, I have a 7week old baby girl who is currently on the breast and I would like to return to work part-time so I need her on the bottle. I have tried for giving her the bottle for about a week but she will not have any of it. I need some effective tips please!! Keep in mind, I am in Australia :) no negative comments please, this is a genuine question. Thanks guys :)
P.S currently using ‘Avent’ Bottle with newborn teat and formula. Any tips on any other awesome brands would be a great help!


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Answer by Shaelyn’s Mommy (Katie)
My baby LOVED the playtex drop ins with the brownish nipple.They feel a lot like the breast.Also,when you feed her,turn her into your chest as much as you can.

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IS YOUR BABY A PICKY EATER? http://birthpolicy.org/483/is-your-baby-a-picky-eater/ http://birthpolicy.org/483/is-your-baby-a-picky-eater/#comments Sun, 21 Nov 2010 15:23:39 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/483/is-your-baby-a-picky-eater/ Question by proudmom:
Is your baby a picky eater?

Jack is 9 months old. He hates noodles ( I thought most babies loved noddles), he doesn’t like his food warm, he rather eat cold food. Sometimes its a fight just to get him to try something new. The only thing I never have a problem feeding him is grits.


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Answer by Master
My son is 7 mos. and I am terrified of him becoming a picky eater. It’s not looking good. Right now it’s a struggle to get him to eat anything at all! My ideal bets are pears, apples, cereal, and butternut squash. Sometime those do not even work!

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TIPS ON KEEPING A TODDLER OCCUPIED WHILE FEEDING NEWBORN PLEASE? http://birthpolicy.org/455/tips-on-keeping-a-toddler-occupied-while-feeding-newborn-please/ http://birthpolicy.org/455/tips-on-keeping-a-toddler-occupied-while-feeding-newborn-please/#comments Thu, 11 Nov 2010 14:59:15 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/455/tips-on-keeping-a-toddler-occupied-while-feeding-newborn-please/ Question by geri:
tips on keeping a toddler occupied while feeding newborn please?

Hi people,
I’ve just had a baby girl last week, and have a 19month old boy already. I am being really careful to give him loads of love when the baby’s asleep and involve him in nappy changing, etc when she is awake so he doesn’t feel left out.

However, the one part I am clueless about is how to occupy him while feeding her (bottle feeding). She is prone to spitting up bottles at the moment too, so I cannot really walk around with her, and need to sit as still as possible while I am feeding.
This makes the tiny guy upset and frustrated because he doesn’t comprehend why I am suddenly unable to play with him. Stories aren’t working because he normally reads them on my lap with me. What I did do was create a tiny tub of toys that I just take out when it’s feeding time but I am pretty sure the novelty will wear off there too.

Any ideas PLEASE???!!!


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Answer by Pippin
Is he a child who likes to be helpful? So could you involve him in the feeding? Have him bring you the bottle, then a spit up rag. Then he can ‘help’ burp her, and so on.

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NEED SOME RECIPES FOR 13 MONTHS OLD BABY (PICKY EATER) PLEASE..? http://birthpolicy.org/424/need-some-recipes-for-13-months-old-baby-picky-eater-please/ http://birthpolicy.org/424/need-some-recipes-for-13-months-old-baby-picky-eater-please/#comments Wed, 10 Nov 2010 18:49:59 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/424/need-some-recipes-for-13-months-old-baby-picky-eater-please/ Question by Eyecandy777:
Need some recipes for 13 months old baby (picky eater) please..?

What can I feed her for breakfast, lunch, dinner and in between. She is very picky and doesn’t like strong tastes at the same time I’d like it to be nutritional.
Also, she still chokes on her food, so I have to sort of puree all her food. Otherwise she chokes an throws up. But this is improving slowly, I blend less and less each time. She is always been a bad eater.


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Answer by Pippin
Without knowing what sorts of foods she will or will not eat it’s hard to give ideas. But:

Breakfast: Yogurt, cereal (hot or dry — healthy types only please), pancakes/waffles, eggs, french toast, fresh fruit.

Lunch: Sandwiches and wraps of all types (cheese, tuna/chicken/egg salad, PBJ), low sodium canned soup, pasta with any type of sauce (cheese, tomato, etc.), hummus, sushi, eggs, quesadillas, yogurt …

Dinner: Meat/poultry (cooked any of a million ways, from easy roasts and broiled meats to stews), pasta dishes, stir fries, mild chili, beans&greens, clam chowder, shepherd’s pie (Ground meat baked with a ‘crust’ of mashed potatoes).

IOW, she can eat most of the same foods you eat, except for certain choking hazards (hard raw veggies, huge lumps of meat, popcorn, whole nuts. Check fish carefully for bones and cut up meat very small.)

Dont’ make a huge deal or cater to fussiness. Serve meals. If she is hungry, she will find something on her plate that she likes.

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I HAVE A NEWBORN WHICH I BOTTLE FEED. WHEN SHOULD I BUY NEW NIPPLES FOR BOTTLES? http://birthpolicy.org/414/i-have-a-newborn-which-i-bottle-feed-when-should-i-buy-new-nipples-for-bottles/ http://birthpolicy.org/414/i-have-a-newborn-which-i-bottle-feed-when-should-i-buy-new-nipples-for-bottles/#comments Wed, 10 Nov 2010 18:49:47 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/414/i-have-a-newborn-which-i-bottle-feed-when-should-i-buy-new-nipples-for-bottles/ Question by KJ:
I have a newborn which i bottle feed. When should i purchase new nipples for bottles?

Also, is there anything that i can do about baby acne? She has a couple of bumps on her tiny nose. Thanks


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Answer by mary m
i would not purchase new nipples until the baby gets teeth and all you can do is keep baby’s face clean shes getting her sweat glands in now

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HOW WILL YOU KNOW IF YOUR BABY IS ALLERGIC TO A CERTAIN INFANT FORMULA (MILK)? http://birthpolicy.org/413/how-will-you-know-if-your-baby-is-allergic-to-a-certain-infant-formula-milk/ http://birthpolicy.org/413/how-will-you-know-if-your-baby-is-allergic-to-a-certain-infant-formula-milk/#comments Wed, 10 Nov 2010 18:49:44 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/413/how-will-you-know-if-your-baby-is-allergic-to-a-certain-infant-formula-milk/ Question by charlie:
How will you know if your baby is allergic to a certain infant formula (milk)?

What signs can you look for?


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Answer by floozy1976
rashes, gas (excessive colic type gas), irritation after eating, ask your pediatrician.

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TIPS ON TRAVELING WITH A 7 MONTH OLD BABY WHO BOTTLE FEEDS? http://birthpolicy.org/406/tips-on-traveling-with-a-7-month-old-baby-who-bottle-feeds/ http://birthpolicy.org/406/tips-on-traveling-with-a-7-month-old-baby-who-bottle-feeds/#comments Wed, 10 Nov 2010 18:49:34 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/406/tips-on-traveling-with-a-7-month-old-baby-who-bottle-feeds/ Question by Sydney B.:
tips on traveling with a 7 month old baby who bottle feeds?

We would be away for several days for the first time (by car, long-drive) and would be staying in a hotel. I was just wondering how the cleaning/sterilizing of the bottles and feeding would be. Help please!


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Answer by momoftwins
We would have a few bottles. One for formula and one for juice.

When we get to the hotel we had just wash them out with warm water.

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NEWBORN FEEDING PROBLEMS? http://birthpolicy.org/392/newborn-feeding-problems-2/ http://birthpolicy.org/392/newborn-feeding-problems-2/#comments Wed, 10 Nov 2010 18:49:22 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/392/newborn-feeding-problems-2/ Question by E Dawg:
newborn feeding problems?

my tiny one and I was not discharged from the hospital at the same time due to the fact that she was jaundiced from her being exposed to my blood at birth. she latched on well in the beginning, then for the next few nights after I was released she was put on formula because the didnt want her to get dehydrated from the UV lights she had to lay under. I would go to the hospital for a few feedings the couple nights she was away. but I was not there constantly and the formula caused some nipple confusion. now she is home… and shes all of a sudden not taking to the breast well at all. I am finally engorged as the milk is now flowing in instead of colostrum. is my engorement causing a problem maybe? I will keep trying, is there any recommendations for this?


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Answer by Lauren Hedger
The engorement could most definitely be a factor. When your breasts are engorged it makes it more difficult for them to latch on. Try standing in a warm shower to get your milk to come down and express some milk to make it easier for baby to latch on.

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