Anonymous asked in Pregnancy & ParentingNewborn & Baby · 2 months ago

Would the doctor have recommended baby food?

My son is on the lower end for his weight for his age. He saw a specialist and they recommended to give him one scoop of extra powder in his formula to see if that'll help him gain weight. He's almost 6 months now. Do you think the doctor would have suggested baby food so he gains weight instead of formula? My husband seems to think that baby food would help him gain weight more than formula would. Should I try it or should I consult his pediatrician? Ever since he's had an extra scoop of formula, he's gained 1 or 2 ounces but it's been 2 weeks since I started increasing the scoop of formula so in 2 weeks, he's only gained one or two ounces...

8 Answers

  • 2 months ago

    I would follow the Dr. instructions; 25-50 years ago bananas would have been added to his bottle/

  • 2 months ago

    Call the pediatrician.. normally they start with baby cereal.. then certain foods.. you can't just start picking up all kinds of baby food.. there's a proper way to do it.

  • 2 months ago

    At six months, babies should be starting on rice cereals then baby food after etc..

    • Tri-Harder
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      Rice cereal hasn't been recommended in years. It's devoid of nutrition, it causes sleep cycle disruption and blood sugar spikes, it blocks the absorption of nutrition from breastmilk/formula...

  • 2 months ago

    You don't say what type of "specialist" saw your son, but I'm pretty sure they don't have a medical degree and a copy of your baby's medical records. Why trust them and yet hesitate to see a pediatrician? My pediatrician did not recommend baby food until the baby was a year old, because their digestive system is not ready yet for it.

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  • Byrd
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Fruits and vegetable have few calories.

  • Suzy Q
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Why do you ask what the doctor 'would' recommend when the doctor DID recommend something?

    The answer to your question is pretty simple. Compare the caloric content of the formula baby is getting with the caloric content of common 'first stage' baby food.

    I think you will find that a bite or two of mashed carrots may fill the stomach, but not provide nearly as much energy as the same amount of formula. Not to mention the different carb/protein/fat balance. 

  • 2 months ago

    As a mother you are the best person to decide what is necessary for your child. Trust your instincts. As a mother of 4 and one on the way I always let my children show me what they wanted as long as it was safe. They started "eating" at about 4 months. Mostly just sauces from my own food or suckling on a piece of chicken. It doesn't hurt to try and see if they accept baby food or whatever you are eating. As long as your watching to make sure they don't choke they will be fine.

    • Tiff2 months agoReport

      Woah woah woah please tell you're kidding

  • 2 months ago


    For the first year of life, the vast majority of baby's nutrition is from breastmilk/formula. When beginning solids, they are for experimentation only, gradually providing more and more nutrition. Pushing more solids at this point would only NEGATIVELY impact his nutritional intake, and block the absorption of what he does get from his formula.

    Putting another scoop of powder in his formula isn't nutritionally balanced either. And in two weeks, he would've gained an ounce or two regardless.

    Has his percentile dropped, or has he remained consistent? Why is your doctor concerned? Low percentage does not equate unhealthy, or a need to bulk up.

    And lastly, it's odd that this exact scenario was posted earlier with a female baby.

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