Help Me Increase My Baby’s Weight! (And Reduce My Own…)
by shabnam khan
(abha,Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
I’ve a baby girl who is 11 months to go in May. She eats and drinks almost every thing along with my milk but still she weighs 6.5 to 7kg’s.
Please tell me some easy and convenient ways to increase my baby’s weight.
On the other hand, help me to decrease my own weight that’s 70kgs that was earlier only 47. Please help me I’ll always be thankful to you.
Thanks n bye.
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Increase A Baby’s Weight Or Not
Your baby is a bit under the average weight for her age, but these are just guidelines. There are lots of variables, genetic factors, her birth weight, whether she has had any illnesses etc. If your weight was 47kg before having her, then I would suspect she has a small build.
Normally you would expect a child to have tripled birth weight by about 12 months. But if she is eating and drinking everything happily and is happy and comfortable then she is thriving. Then I wouldn’t get too worried about it. If she is unhappy, not eating, listless etc then get her checked out.
At her age, milk is still the most important part of her diet, so solid foods are really just introducing tastes, textures, and different experiences. It only provides a small percentage of her calories.
Don’t make a big issue out of it, just offer her food frequently if she seems hungry. Many babies prefer to feed them selves rather than have a spoon pushed into their mouth. Lots of finger foods like pieces of cooked vegetables, fruit. Let her try to feed herself – it is messy, but she will learn lots more than by you doing it.
Let her explore and play with her food. Peas were a favorite of my babies, trying to pick them up one by one. You can be sneaky and pop a spoonful in between while she is concentrating, but if she gets annoyed then stop as you will just set up a battle. Here are ideas on other finger foods as well.
Food is something to enjoy, it is a big part of our social interactions so making it fun and exploratory at this age is the best thing.
In regard to your weight, your body does change after having children, and many women never get back to their pre-birth weight.
The thing to watch is are you eating properly – many Mothers, particularly if they are back at work, get so busy, they start skipping breakfast, then eat junk food mid morning or for lunch etc. Just make sure you are eating sensibly, getting some exercise and celebrate your womanly curves! You can read a bit more about losing weight while breastfeeding here.
Enjoy your lovely little girl,
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