Is my baby eating too much? Am I doing something super wrong?
September 3, 2014 5:38 PM Subscribe
Well now I'm firmly in the camp of "anxious parent" but here goes.
How much food should my kid be eating? He's 7 months old, is about 20 pounds, on formula and some solids. Details below.
posted by FritoKAL to Health & Fitness (41 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
(I know you are not my doctor. We have a great pediatrician, so mostly what I am trying to determine is if I should consider making an appt, or if it'd be a waste of time and money. If the answer turns out to be "No one knows, talk to the doctor" that's okay but time. And money. I live in the US, we have healthcare but still. Time. And Money.)
My son is 7 months old. He's super cute, very active (very wiggly and chattery when awake, takes 2-3 naps during the day, sleeps 7-8 hours at night, he can sit on his own, can stand if he holds onto something, rolls all over the place, is very grabby and social), very happy, and everyone tells me he's Very Large. But he doesn't seem so large to me - he fits in his 6-9 month clothes great, still fits in one or two 3-6 month pajamas (just barely) and he has what I think are the normal amount of baby fats on his arms/legs/face. We are formula feeding because nursing didn't work. It's soy formula because he had some Extreme Vomiting with cow milk formula. He has started solids. He has four teeth (Is this relevant? I don't know!)
I am not super great at figuring out what's a normal amount of food for an adult to eat, much less an infant, so I've been relying on the feeding sheets the doctor gave me, and the baby advice books/websites but mostly the websites aren't very helpful because there's an awful lot of uncited comments and anecdotes are not data, etc.
The websites and the sheets and the books all say that a baby should eat about 2oz of formula per pound they weigh. Baby Typechip weighed 19 pounds 2 ounces at his 6 month checkup (and was 25.75 inches tall), but he wants to eat 8 oz of formula every 3 hours (between 6 and 8/9 at night) which ends up being 6 bottles/48 ounces.
He also eats some cereal/fruit/veg 2 or 3 times a day - he's a good eater, and likes lots of things (pears, plums, peaches, squash, avocado, peas, oatmeal, rice cereal)
He does push the bottle away when he doesn't want it, and he does refuse the spoon when he doesn't want or like the food on it. He can hold his own bottles. We do not let him sleep with one.
He makes A Lot of diapers in a day - looks like 9 or 10 from the trashcan in his room, in a 24 hour period.
I have no idea if this is normal. Or healthy. I don't want to... I don't know, distend his stomach, put him at risk of childhood obesity, ignore a potential health issue...
Should I make an appointment? Should I be worried? Do I just have a healthy baby and an anxiety issue? Should I just go have some calming tea?
(yes, I have an anxiety issue. I am aware there's a risk here of my just being overly concerned about nothing, that's why I want to ask before I make a doctor's appt)
(does this work like pet questions where you share pictures? If so, http://typechip.tumblr.com/ )