hi calorie weaning food

(26 Posts)
Jemappelle Thu 31-Mar-16 13:01:17

Hi first of all I'm speaking this into the dictation device on my phone because I have no hands-free so excuse any typos on the lack of punctuation

my son is 24 weeks and we are beginning to think of weaning. He is quite slights and has trouble with weight gain so the health visitor has advised to give high calorie foods off which avocado has been rejected and I am I'm just wondering what else he hasn't really expressed an interest in eating but we'll obviously offer him things

but I'm just wondering what high calorie foods he could be given that would really not have too much fibre into impact on his milk feeds to now because I would really like him to continue his milk feeds.

He will be breastfed in the morning and at night as I go back to work now I am and him hopefully have some formula as your mind is still working on that but I'd really like to know what I could start him off with that is not going to feeling up to much would really give him some calories and that he would actually like thank you any ideas please?

Jemappelle Thu 31-Mar-16 13:02:27

Christ. Your mind is still on that = will be at his childminders

TeaBelle Thu 31-Mar-16 13:07:23

Dairy is high calorie so cheese, custard, porridge etc. Baby led weaning means that baby will be eating adult food rather than simple purees so may be something to consider. However up to a year baby should get most of their nutrients from milk so don't worry too much about food - aim for variety rather than looking too closely at calorific value

GoldPlatedBacon Fri 01-Apr-16 12:21:22

Have you tried mixing Avocado with banana? It's surprisingly tasty.

I also mix mashed banana with some coconut milk to make it more calorie dense (tinned coconut milk)

Full fat Greek Yoghurt is good too both for spoon feeding or blw

Jemappelle Fri 01-Apr-16 12:42:14

Will try the banana and coconut milk sounds yummy!!

hownottofuckup Fri 01-Apr-16 12:50:01

Aren't their tummies still tiny so you can't expect them to have more then a couple of spoonfuls and to still get their nutrition, calories etc from milk feeds? I read at this age it's more about introducing taste?

Tomboyinatutu Fri 01-Apr-16 13:03:05

My son's weight gain was slow so his consultant and dietician suggested full fat yogurt and cheese

Artistic Fri 01-Apr-16 13:07:44

Eggs
Banana
Olive oil
Full fat diary products

Small frequent meals to ensure variety of food taken.

Mine had lactose intolerance so I had a bit of similar struggle with calories & calcium.

Jemappelle Fri 01-Apr-16 13:40:53

Yeah of course their tummies are tiny. My post and subsequent posts are more about the calorie content of 1 teaspoon of carrot versus 1 teaspoon of avocado if you see what I mean. Ie given that they eat minuscule amounts to begin with what could hold he highest calories...

Jemappelle Fri 01-Apr-16 13:42:06

And of course it's about tastes but when you are dealing with slow gain then yes you do want to wait a bit before giving them a teaspoon of broccoli and honking why not begin with banana. That's what I mean

ApocalypseCow Sat 02-Apr-16 12:47:20

DS is very small, 2nd percentile and slow weight gain. Our HV and paediatrician have also recommended trying to get extra calories in through food. I make his mashed potato with lots of full fat milk and butter. He loves cheese so give him some grated cheese most lunch times. It's clear I'm not the only one trying to get baby to gain weight!

Jemappelle Sat 02-Apr-16 15:45:44

He's not interested in any food - have offered avocado banana lentils mango chicken beef - nothing in entire or purée form is accepted.

Bottles of formula are rejected after an ounce (I'm tying to cut BF down to twice a day as I am returning to work soon)

Only thing he will have is BF and I am neither at full supply nor trying to get back to full supply at all.

Freezingwinter Sat 02-Apr-16 15:52:14

I think don't worry too much. Easier said than done, I know. At his age my son liked weetabix, porridge mixed with banana and milk, toast with butter, avocado on toast, cheese on toast, hummus, scones, muffins, vegetable and fruit sticks, fish fingers/nuggets, various quorn type foods, Greek yoghurt, ice cream, bread, toasted tea cakes, fruit loaf. He's now 14 months and eats almost everything!

Artistic Sat 02-Apr-16 18:25:53

Ella's fruit pouches & yogurts were a huge success at such times for us.

Jemappelle Sat 02-Apr-16 18:28:38

Oh god freezing winter your list at my son's age makes me worry sad

Jemappelle Sat 02-Apr-16 18:28:59

In the sense that I wish mine are even one of those

geekaMaxima Sat 02-Apr-16 18:52:22

Could you try expressing bm and mixing it with formula for a gradual introduction over several days? Like start off with a quarter formula and three-quarters breastmilk, and slowly increase the formula proportion until eventually it's 100% formula.

Formula tastes so utterly different to bm - not sweet, strange smell, etc. - that he might just be flummoxed at the unfamiliarity. Mixing could get him to develop a taste for it.

Freezingwinter Sat 02-Apr-16 19:17:06

But I didn't wean until 27 weeks, and it was a good 2-3 months after that before he really started having a good 3 meals out of those foods. He started nursery when he was 12 months and that helped him in the sense, he really started to enjoy his meals and different foods, I guess because he sees the other little ones eating their food!

Jemappelle Sat 02-Apr-16 19:26:59

Ah I thought you said at my sons age!

Jemappelle Sat 02-Apr-16 19:27:53

It is more the amounts I think really he likes eating 9 times a day. He has the formula two ounces at a time sad

Freezingwinter Sat 02-Apr-16 19:45:02

Sorry, I meant at weaning age, but even then he would only taste then chuck it on the floor grin

Freezingwinter Sat 02-Apr-16 19:45:32

Also when you bf he probably only takes 2oz of Breast milk which might be why he doesn't have a large amount of formula in one go?

Jemappelle Sat 02-Apr-16 20:03:58

Probably. Returning to work soon and no idea what he's going to eat all day at the childminders sad

Freezingwinter Sat 02-Apr-16 20:15:40

Don't panic! If you can get him to drink formula, that really is half the battle. Even if the childminder has to offer 2oz every hour or two, he will survive on that alone! Can you try offering sometbing like banana porridge on a morning, toast for lunch, risotto, fish etc for tea? Alongside the formula and bfing.

ApocalypseCow Sat 02-Apr-16 21:08:17

My DS was only drinking a very small amount of formula a day so our paediatrician put him on a high calorie prescription milk. He's been on it for about 2 months now and is tracking along the 2nd percentile without any dips. Might be something worth mentioning to your HV or dr if you are really worried.

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