I have a 10 month old and I am worried I am not feeding her enough. She is 16 lbs 14 oz and 28 inches long, and was 8 lbs 10.3 oz and 21 inches at birth. Here is her schedule. Any help would be appreciated, especially from breastfeeding moms:
7 am- breastfeeds for 10-15 minutes
sleeps from 7am – 9 am
10 am- medicine and nurses for 10-15 minutes
12 pm – 3 tablespoons rice cereal, 4 oz jar babyfood, then nap
2 pm – breastfeeds for 10-15 minutes
4 pm – juice/water and snack (typically sweet potato puffs)
6 pm- breastfeeds for 10-15 minutes
8 pm – 4 tablespoons rice cereal, 4 oz jar of baby food
10 pm – medicine and breastfeeds for 10-15 minutes, then bed.
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Feeding Schedule For Skinny 10 Month Old
Your daughter seems to be on a good feeding schedule and unless she appears hungry, lacks energy, or becomes cranky or tired, she likely to be just fine even if she is a bit skinny.
The general rule of thumb is for a baby to trippled the birth weight by their 1st birth day, but that is just the average. How well your baby is thriving and growing in lenght is a better indication of if she is getting enough food.
That said, if you want to give her some more to eat, why not offer her a more filling breakfast. At 10 months, many babies have a portion of porrige for breakfast, maybe topped with some mashed fresh fruit. In your case, this would for example mean to breastfeed when waking up, then a bowl of ricecereal, oat meal porrige or similar 1 or 2 hours later, preferably at the same time as the rest of the family is having breakfast. (Or if your baby wakes up late; make the porridge the first meal (with the family) and breastfeed 1 or 2 hours later)
The lunch seems fine. Just make sure she is offered food until she is satisfied, no matter how much it is. You can top her up with breast milk afterwards if you think she ate too little to really be full.
In the afternoon, try a more filling snack, like some healthy finger foods. You can also add a bit of fat to her foods if you want, like organic olive oil or unsalted butter. (Read about adding fats to baby food here.
That was about it. But again, don’t worry too much about your daughter’s weight unless she lacks energy and loses weight and don’t compare her with other babies. Being skinny, if eathing healthy foods, growing in length and hitting milestones as expected, is not dangerous in any way. Being obese is a muck bigger problem. If people comment on her looks because they expect a baby to chubby, then too bad for them – she is fine just the way she is! Just have fun with her and offer her healthy foods frequently. Most babies will make sure they get the foods they need to be full, if we just let them. (Learn about children’s eating habits here.)
You can check my feeding schedule that I used for my babies at 10 months here.
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