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high calorie weaning foods for an SGA baby?

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hsmom Wed 19-Oct-11 10:23:33

Hi,
My baby girl is 24 weeks and has been ebf since birth. She was tiny (4lbs at 38 weeks) and we had a rough second half of pg as she was diagnosed as IUGR and loads of potential problems which fortunately didn't materialise after the birth. She is just very small but developmentally she is right on track!
Now she is 11lbs 5oz and just made it onto the 0.4th centile. Her weight gain has been slow but she now is gaining about 4-5oz every 2 weeks.
I am starting to wean next week (so she will be 25 weeks+)- half term break with DS and OH will be off so we have decided to give it a go.

I planned to start with baby rice mixed with breast milk or formula (I am also going back to work soon so need to start on formula soon).

My question is --- is avocado ok to use as an early weaning food and can you add unsalted butter/double cream at the 6 month mark?
I read on an IUGR site that cream is OK but it didnt say at what age and I know you shouldn't use cows milk until 12mo+.

Any other ideas to pack in the calories for my LO?

Thanks in advance of your advice,
hs xx

Natzer Wed 19-Oct-11 11:49:47

The Annabel Karmel recipes for babies that age has things like olive oil, sunflower oil, cheese, and butter.

I know from 6 months you can use full fat milk in porridge etc. Its just that they shouldnt drink it instead of BM or formula.

Maybe some foods like cauliflower cheese is a good high calorie option. Check out the annabel karmel website she has some good recipes for babies 6-9 months.

lilham Wed 19-Oct-11 13:24:16

Once they are 6mo you can give everything except honey, whole nuts and some high mercury fish. You can use cows milk in food but they still should have bm or formula as a main drink. There is also no need for baby rice because gluten is ok from 6mo. You can use ready brek and weetabix. This is what annabel Karmel uses after 6mo too. She only uses baby rice to thicken purees fyi.

Iggly Wed 19-Oct-11 13:27:40

Be careful introducing dairy for the simple reason that it can be hard to digest at first as your body gets used to it.

Avocado is fine - DS had loads! Fatty meats eg lamb will help too. Also milk (BM or formula is pretty fatty too so the solids will cover the other food groups.
Can you speak to a Dietician? They might have good pointers too.

hsmom Wed 19-Oct-11 14:15:33

thanks.
good call on the dietician, Iggly, will look into that. may have to think about private tho as my hv isnt worried about DD so i guess its just me wanting her to get a bit chubbier :-D
will buy avocado and will sometimes add a little clotted cream to purees after the magic 26 weeks has passed!

JiltedJohnsGhoulie Thu 20-Oct-11 10:39:44

Don't forget too hsmom that the best thing for her at this stage is milk whether it's yours or ff. Don't know if its the same for IUGR babies but the advice is to give them their milk an hour before offering solids until they are one. It doesn't really matter at this stage if she doesn't eat much, it is more about exploring textures and trying new tastes. If she is gaining 4-5oz on the milk I think she should be fine.

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