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Easy ideas for adding protein to 10 months diet

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Steaknife Thu 25-Jun-09 14:00:20

DD had a check at the Dr today. Her weight and length growth is slowing and the Dr is worried and told me to make sure she is getting 10g of protien each day.

I am less worried because DH and I are both average height and slim so her growth is bound to fall down from the centiles if she is anything like us. Also Dr has old charts rather than the new WHO ones.

However DH will insist that we make do this and it cant do any harm.

I mostly let DD feed herself and I spoonfeed her yoghurt and also her bedtime weatabix.

brekkie is fruit, yoghurt and bread or porridge
lunch is whatever we are having with fruit, bread and more yoghurt
supper is half a weatbix with cows milk the last of the yoghurt and some fruit.

She has anything between 4 and 6 BFs a day and shows no sign of slowing!

erm so what was my question? oh yes - any ideas for adding more protein?

Seona1973 Thu 25-Jun-09 15:55:22

cheese, meat, lentils, eggs, etc all have protein.

Protein rich foods

Sheeta Thu 25-Jun-09 16:00:40

eggy bread, cheese on toast, beans with cheese, etc.

Yoghurt has a fair amount of protein in, as does milk (about 1/4 - 1/3 of the amount that cheese does, I think?)

peanut butter's another good one.

wastingmyeducation Thu 25-Jun-09 16:10:00

Another meal perhaps? Tea at around 4.

Scrambled eggs are good, DS has that as finger food. grin

Steaknife Thu 25-Jun-09 16:13:13

Thanks. We eat a balanced diet so i am not overly worried but dh will want to get the scales out!

Steaknife Thu 25-Jun-09 16:16:21

High tea at four. Smashing idea.

tiktok Thu 25-Jun-09 16:34:58

Steaknife, it's very unusual for a baby in the UK to be short of protein, and it's not really acceptable that the doc makes a clinical decision on the basis of charts which are out of date.

It would be useful for you to check your dd's weight on the new charts; artificially selecting foods that encourage growth is not normally necessary - the overwhelming liklihood is that your dd is growing at the rate she is physiologically intended to grow at, and extra protein will make no difference at all, because (if she is eating according to appetite) she will simply reduce the volume of what she eats.

There's nothing wrong with this, but it is anxiety making and that's not good!

Steaknife Thu 25-Jun-09 16:45:11

Thanks tictok. We are in france so not sure the procedure. As it happens dd has only started to get interested in the eggs and meat i offer in the last week or so. Her dad will want to follow drs advice so i am in a tricky situation to find something we are both comfortable with.

Steaknife Thu 25-Jun-09 16:51:43

By the way i do have the new charts and she has dropped a bit below the 50 th centile from being bang on, nothing to worry about at all.

sarah293 Thu 25-Jun-09 16:57:53

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Steaknife Thu 25-Jun-09 17:21:58

Just been label reading and a yoghurt has 6 grammes and she eats one of those a day so she probably isnt that far off the drs 10g anyway. Thanks for all your answers.

tiktok Thu 25-Jun-09 17:35:40

Steaknife: breastmilk has protein, too - 1.3 g per 100ml according to my textbook (Handbook of Child Nutrition by Taitz).

kellymom references research that shows an excl bf baby between 1 mth and 6 mths has an average of 750 mls per day. Lets say your baby has a bit less, as she is having solids, too. 600 mls?

Do the maths.....

Honestly, your baby does not need to be weighed at home....

Steaknife Thu 25-Jun-09 19:08:45

Thanks tiktoc. Sorry for the scales confusion, i meant for weighing out food not babies, we dont even have a set of human scales.

Steaknife Thu 25-Jun-09 19:11:13

Gah that of course should be Tiktok. Sorry.

tiktok Thu 25-Jun-09 21:07:56

Ah, I see

Even so.....

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