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My LO needs to gain more weight

I’m trying to incorporate more protein and fat to my baby’s diet. Has anyone tried adding olive oil to their baby’s food as a healthy fat? Also tips for adding cheese? She’s 9 months and her second set of teeth are starting to come out. It sure if that is relevant but just something I wanted to share! 😁

  • Anna
    Jul 10

    Our little guy loves small cubes of cheese and full-fat Greek yogurt. I also give him some peanut butter or almond butter most days (either mix into oatmeal or yogurt, or spread on toast). You could also try avocado (which my son doesn’t like, but it has lots of healthy fat).

  • Julie
    Jul 10

    I’ve been told by my pediatrician that avocado oil and coconut oil are both great oils to add into foods to help chunk them up, but I’m sure olive oil would also be okay!! I had a friend whose baby wasn’t gaining weight well and she added a small amount of olive oil to her pumped milk per her pediatricians advice. Another friend with similar issues is using avocado oil for her baby (per HER pediatricians advice). If you’ve tried peanut butter and all is good there, try feeding some of that too!! If you want a pretty healthy high fat snack and don’t have the allergy issues, try vice cream! My baby loves this stuff in the summer months!! https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/amp52645/peanut-butter-banana-vice-cream-recipe/

  • Pankaj Juneja
    Jul 10

    Our doc asked us to add formula to her milk bottles to give extra calories. It did work

  • Destiny
    Jul 10

    I add olive oil to the food I made because thats how I cook and I always gave my daughter what I ate. Try doing more grains and veggies it helped my daughter she was 12 percentile and now she is 30 percentile in weight

  • Jessica
    Jul 10

    We add Kerrigold butter to almost everything.

  • E
    Jul 10

    I was actually thinking about that, adding butter. I also happen to have Kerrigold in my fridge!

  • Anonymous
    Jul 10

    Talk to your pediatrician. At that age, solids shouldn’t be giving a big chunk of anything to baby, formula and breast milk should be. Around then we were told to add more formula to each bottle (of breast milk) to up weight. Solids can help, sure, but that’s too young to be relying on them for much.

  • E
    Jul 10

    I’m exclusively breastfeeding

  • Jessica
    Jul 10

    My daughter refused puree food and pediatrician said chunks of food are completely fine. Lots of parents do BLW and that's basically real food, nothing mashed, and you let your child feed him/herself. I made whole wheat quesadillas for her and cut them in tiny pieces. That's how she got some cheese.

  • Jessica
    Jul 10

    Oh, and since you are EBF, some people said if you eat more fat, your milk gets fattier. No idea if it's TRUE or not, but worth looking into.

  • Anonymous
    Jul 10

    Second above commenters on adding formula to the bottle. It is healthy, balances, and helps babies get to and maintain a healthy weight, especially when mother's milk doesn't provide enough nutrition to the baby (not uncommon). Also, I'm a little confused ... If baby eats butter, oil, cheese, or anything else, she isn't EBF.

  • Anonymous
    Jul 10

    How many calories do you eat daily? Try doubling your calorie intake; that might deliver more nutrients to baby!

  • Jessica
    Jul 10

    I think with EBF she means she doesn't pump or supplement with formula when it comes to milk intake. So if baby eats straight out of the boob, adding formula to bottle is not an option.

  • E
    Jul 10

    Ah that makes sense for me to increase my calorie intake as well. My LO still gets milk but only breast milk and she gets 3 meals a day

  • Jessica
    Jul 10

    Beans and lentils are also an excellent source of protein. Pair it with rice and she'll gain weight in no time, if that's what you are looking for.

  • Hannah
    Jul 10

    Avocado is your best friend. It’s texture is easily customizable for her eating abilities and it’s tons of calories. Nut butters are a great option too, and it’s important to start incorporating them to reduce risk of allergy per AAP guidelines. You can also try doing a minute of breast compression/massage before you nurse! This mixes up the fore milk and the hind milk (milk at the end of the feeding is higher in fat), and gets more calories in her standard nursing session. Compressions while you nurse also helps to spray the milk out and Increase her total volume intake. Also, please make sure your infant truly needs to gain excess weight. Some pediatricians use a growth chart that is based on formula fed (typically heavier) babies. Make sure you know her weight for length percentile, not just weight for age.

  • Trisha
    Jul 12

    I say lead by example. Eat something, and let your kids see you eating. They will almost always what you have!! That was how my sons got to be such good eaters. My oldest would sneak up and steal my mug of tea off the counter and drink it...and i would find an empty mug. I used to put honey in my tea; so much for honey being toxic to babies under 18 mos old! They were drinking whole milk exclusively at 10 mos old. At that time, the bottles got tossed, and we began using sippy cups, then mugs. Always unbreakable.

  • Anonymous
    Jul 12

    @Trisha, honey isn’t toxic to kids under 1. They just have a way higher risk of getting botulism from it. Yours didn’t, but statistically it is a risk.