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6 month old hasn't eaten well for 4 months
tashar1 posted:

I am new. My daughter is breastfeed. She was exclusively breastfed the first 2 months of her life and gained 5 lbs (birth 8 lbs 3 oz: 2 month 13 lbs 1 oz). I had to go back to work, and she fought the bottle. She would only take about 5-10 oz a day for 2 months (2-3 months gained 8 oz total). She now eats about 12-18 oz a day, and refuses rice/oatmeal and solids. She weighs 18 lbs and is 6 months old. This has been going on for 4 months. I don't know how she is still gaining regularly and eating so little. Her fontenelle is slightly sunken, but goes away when she is lying down. No obvious signs of dehydration; she still cries, has wet lips, drools and has 3-8 diapers (only 1-3 are sopping) wet a day and 1 poopy. I have taken her to the Ped and a Ped GI specialist several times. Nothing has been found (but no invasive tests have been run- doctors don't feel that they are needed). She is on 7.5 mg of Prevacid per day, because she has a little reflux. She has an overactive gag reflex, and has refused a pacifier from day 1 (even with sugar water). Is this normal- or at least, is this tolerable? For a child to eat so little (in my opinion) and be gaining pretty regularly?
tashar1 responded:
I should add: she went on a bit of a hunger strike, and only drinks small amounts from the bottle (anywhere from 1-4 oz at a time, 4-5 times a day) and will breastfeed a small amount over night (usually nibbles- less than a min at a time 1-4 times per night). This is all she takes per day. I used to try forcing it on her, but now just offer all the time (which, is super frustrating).

I appreciate any thoughts anyone might have.

PenelopesMommy responded:
I would take her to a pediatrician and discuss the possibility that she can be labeled as a "failure to thrive" once you get to that point you should probably consult a Gastro doctor.

Babies don't go on hunger strikes hon! They eat to survive and at that age that is what their biology is built for. Getting their needs met!
phoenix31674 responded:
My son never wanted the bottle. Getting him to take a paci was a real nightmare (he was a crier so I wanted to give him something to suck on other than me) and I ended up trying about 5 different types before finding the one and only brand he likes (Mam). He was almost 10 months old before he showed any interest in solids. Thankfully I could stay at home, but he was a very difficult infant.

On a separate note, my daughter was a super efficient nurser and could drain a breast in a matter of just a couple of minutes. After my son's surgery for being tongue tied he turned out the same way. I know this has to be really frustrating. My son was one of those up every couple of hours babies until he was over a year old.

It sounds like the docs are doing all they can.

Have you tried any sort of veg of fruit purees? Cereals are very bland and some kids never take to them. At six months you can probably try something like Cheerios, too.
Roy Benaroch, MD replied to phoenix31674's response:
I don't know the other measurement (feel free to post length and head circumference), btu 18 pounds at 6 months is perfectly fine, it's even a few ounces above average. What's the problem here?
tashar1 replied to Roy Benaroch, MD's response:
Thanks for the replies. My daughter has been to the Ped GI specialist and her Ped numerous times for this. Without doing invasive testing (which they didn't feel that she needed, because she has been gaining), they felt that she was doing fine. We have tried numerous bottles and pacifiers. She also refuses rice, oatmeal, and the 2 solids we have tried (avocado and sweet potato), so I am holding off for a bit to try again. Her anterior fontenelle is slightly sunken (maybe a few mms). I am just wondering how she is gaining (and, I think, on a normal growth pattern) with eating so little. Should I be considering a Ped Endocrinologist? I just haven't found many people who have experience with this (and my son was opposite-he ate 36-40 oz/day from about 3 months on). Is this considered 'regular/normal' for a baby?
kay_kay75 replied to tashar1's response:
A baby will not allow them selves to starve if you are offering food, she is obviously doing fine and if the doctors all say she is fine there is no need to worry, every child is different and she may just have a different metabolism than your son so try not to worry yourself to death, my daughter has days that she would only eat an oz or two all day but then some days it was like she couldn't get enough to eat, give her a break and as long as she is gaining and still on her same growth pattern there is no need to worry.

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