I think you're worrying far too much about this. Healthy children do not starve themselves, they take what they need and they have phases - you might notice he's more into protein some days and more into carbs on others - they go in phases and for M it can last weeks. Sometimes she loses weight, sometimes she gains weight.
So long as your LO is happy, active and eating at all I would not worry and I wouldn't introduce formula again - it will only fill him up and stop him eating as much as he needs of actual foods.
Try to relax and trust that your LO knows what they need. We managed to make it this far as a species!
We don't really have a typical day as Esther can be anywhere between great or a nightmare - i will give you my worst days and my best days.
Breakfast: 2 Weetabix with boiling water and about 1-2oz of milk to mix it. 2 Strawberries
Lunch: 2 bites out of a sandwich
Breakfast: 2 Weetabix with boiling water and 1-2oz of milk to mix. 2 Strawberries
Lunch: 2 slices of bread in a sandwich with cheese spread. Fruit like banana or orange
Dinner: Pasta - good sized bowl of it or shepherds pie - 1-2 big serving spoons of it. Yoghurt and fruit.
We don't really do snacks in our house as if Esther eats snacks she is even less likely to eat her dinner and she will never eat snacks other than fruit or sweet things so i can't supplement her dinner with decent snacks.
She has a lot less good days than bad days - at the moment she has about 4 or 5 bad days, 1 good day and 1-2 middle days.
She is in no way wasting way and actually seems to be putting on weight.
Breakfast - 2 slices toast (small milk roll slices) & a sippy cup of whole milk
Snack - 15 grapes
Lunch - 2 tbsp scrambled egg with 4 tbsp beans, 4 big strawberries
Snack - 4 bits (my thumb sized) of my goats cheese panini
Dinner - vegetable casserole (small ikea bowl full), mini yogurt and biscotti, 2 cups whole milk
Thing is though - she eats like a horse & STILL isn't putting on huge amounts of weight! She's a skinny Minnie!! We have her weighed regularly to get her checked out & apparently her slow weight gain is "ok for now" whatever that means???! As long as your lo is gaining weight, that's all that matters.
Try not to get too stressed (I know that's near impossible!)
Well I just used the 'tot it up calculator' & DS doesn't eat anywhere near half of meat & carbs he needs!! Everything else is good.. I need to get him on water though & off toddler juice because its not good for him.. But I don't know how to get him to eat carbs.. The only thing he eats carb wise is rice cakes & chips he will eat bread and crackers but normally 1/4 of a slice xx
I'll tell you a normal day for us & maybe you can give me your opinion??...
Breakfast - 7 grapes, a strawberry.
Snack - a dry cracker (he won't eat spread)
Lunch - 1/2 slice of bread with a 1/2 pre-sliced chicken & 4 olives.
Snack - hanful of currants
Dinner - a small jacket potato with tuna & cheese but he will just pick the tuna out and leave all of the potato and all of the cheese.
Before bed he'll drink 6oz cows milk.
He hardly eats at all. Throughout the day he has maybe a max of 10oz of very very dilute juice - I'm trying to get him onto water instead of juice.
He is a good eater, hes on the 25th centile so is smaller for his age, I tend to give him a variety of things when I can just so hes having lots of different fruit/veg. If hes going through a stage of not really eating something that I want him to eat (e.g. hes not eating the potato) then I try and put something like cheese on top or something that I know he'll eat like beans etc and then I mix it so he'll eat the potatoes with it xx
Did you try rice? Omar doesn't eat pasta but he likes rice. He doesn't like jacket potato but he likes French fries (I bake them or i use the airdryer with 1 tbsp of oil), he prefers frozen french fries more than the fresh ones. Beans are also good source of carbs & protien.
Maybe try something new for breakfast instead of fruits.
My LO is younger but like you I feel as though she eats like a sparrow in comparison to her peers. She's just come out of a non-eating phase (again) but a typical day would be:
4 oz milk
B - 3 tbsps weetabix with fruit puree
7 oz milk
L - maybe a crackerbread with primula, 2 cherry tomatoes and a bit of grated cheese
S - some raisins and corn puffs
D - 5 or 6 pieces of pasta, or 5 or 6 small pieces of meat with some veg and a bit of yoghurt
7 oz milk
My daughter eats about that much also. She only eats a little bit more than that when she's growing.
B - 3-4 TBS baby cereal, 1/2 jar fruit puree, 6-7 oz formula
S - Maybe 10 mini goldfish crackers
L - 1/4 cup mac & cheese, 1/4 cup peas and carrots, 6-7 oz formula
S - 1/4 cup cheerios, 6-7 oz formula
D - couple tiny pieces meatloaf, 2 TBS mashed potatoes, couple of broccoli pieces
Bed - 6-7 oz formula
She's still on iron fortified formula because of borderline anemia.
Avery is a picky eater but I think she could spot M&Ms from 500 feet away and demand them.
My LO's going through a phase of not eating much, must be teething.
On a good day he'll eat
Breakfast: Around 10 mini shredded wheats softened in breast milk/water/juice; a slice of toast with marmite (no crusts), a fromage frais and a handful of fruit e.g. blueberries and strawberries, banana pieces and kiwi pieces etc.
Lunch: A handful of pasta, a small chicken thigh, a whole avocado, some veg e.g. 2 broccoli heads and half a small parsnip and 2 cherry tomatoes
Dinner: About an adult fist-size portion of whatever we're having e.g. curry and rice, roast dinner
But on a day with a small appetite i.e. the last week, it's more like -
Breakfast: A handful of fruit and a fromage frais
Lunch: Half an avocado, a couple of bits of pasta and a few bites of chicken
Dinner: Not much at all! Maybe one potato wedge, a few blueberries and one meatball...
Whatever food he has though he always has a full breastfeed when he wakes up, one before his nap and one before bed, then smaller breastfeeds on and off all day and at least once a night.
I just keep reminding myself that their bodies know what they need to as long as I'm offering a variety of healthy foods I just have to trust that he'll eat what he needs. x
Thomas is like this, how much he eats really varies a lot. Some days he is really hungry and eats what I would consider to be a decent sized toddler portion. However at other times he will eat very little apart from fruit. On a bad day he might have 3 or 4 bite-size weetabix and a banana for breakfast, about a third of a slice of cheese on toast for lunch followed by another piece of fruit, and then just pick at his dinner eating maybe one or two small bites of whatever we are having, followed by more fruit and possibly yogurt. I haven't found any way to get him to eat more when he's not eating much but it does seem to pass with time. He is skinny but he is gaining weight so I am gradually learning to relax a bit more and just trust him to take what he needs.
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