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post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Here's the deal. Zoe's about to turn one, and already seems to be an incredibly picky eater. I'd be willing to ride it out, but she's only in the 10th percentile for weight and we're supposed to be trying to fatten her up a bit. She has-to-feed-herself-thank-you-very-much which makes things even more difficult. If she doesn't want to try something, she throws her whole plate overboard, or feeds it to the dog piece by piece.

She'll eat all the fruit I'm willing to give her. Loves bananas, nectarines, fruit cocktail.

Ignores most veggies

She'll eat chicken nuggets, but not chicken. Ground beef or turkey occasionally.

Eats yogurt, but ignores cheese.

I worry about her getting enough calories and nutrition from just fruits, breads, and pasta, which seems to be all she's willing to eat.

Anyone have any great, high calorie ideas? I'm willing to try most anything, as I'm really worried about her being underweight.

THanks
post #2 of 25
Eggs are great. My daughter likes them scrambled in olive oil, or even just regular fried in olive oil. Have you introduced peanut butter yet? Lots of good fats in there. You can also try avocados (my daughter hates them, but a lot of kids love them) for some good fats.

Just experiment. Give her things off your plate, whatever you're eating. My daughter refused to eat a lot of things until I started giving them to her exactly as we eat them -- spices and all. Once I did that, she became a much better eater.

ETA: If she's still nursing, don't cut back on that! Breastmilk is rich in calories and nutrients, and that's going to be a HUGE help for her.
post #3 of 25
How much is she nursing? I would really focus on getting as much breastmilk in her as possible.

-Angela
post #4 of 25
I know a mom IRL whose son was Failure to Thrive, and she learned a lot of good tricks to get the good stuff into him... Her best secret was the food processor, to puree things like carrots, sweet potato, squash, broccoli and zucchini, which can then be mixed in with things she likes. She added 1/2 cup zucchini, squash or carrot puree to pancakes, and you could not tell it was there! You can also add them to scrambled eggs.

She made a great smoothie from yogurt, OJ, 1/2 carrot, 1 T walnuts, and some honey (if you do that yet) and cinnamon. She also would throw in berries or orange slices. Actually, if your dd drinks smoothies, you can hide a lot in them, or make them really thick and serve like yogurt, with a spoon.

I would try to get things like Barilla's pasta plus, which is made with chickpeas and lentils, and has increased protein, omega etc. Use the eggs which have the increased Omegas, and since she likes bread, I would bake lots of quick breads like pumpkin bread, zucchini bread, etc. If you have introduced nuts, that is a great source of protein and good fats - you can hide ground walnuts in lots of things.

Although I have to agree with Alegna, nursing is ideal, and IMO you should encourage it, even at 12 mos it is probably better than anything else she could eat...
post #5 of 25
Thread Starter 
Unfortunately, she's not nursing any longer. Due to medication issues, we weaned at ten months, which is when the weight started dropping off. That's part of what has me concerned. She's on cow's milk, which the ped ok'd us to start. I know that's not the best answer around here, but at least if I give honest information you guys will understand why we're struggling.

So, I need ideas for good healthy solids.
post #6 of 25
avocados, oilve oil!
post #7 of 25
does she drink whole milk?
post #8 of 25
Thread Starter 
Yes, whole milk. Usually 36-48 oz. per day.
post #9 of 25
Add flax seed oil to all foods....and into liquids, when ds was failure to thrieve I started adding it to his mashed fruit in the morning and it helped, avacados and olive oil are great like the pps said
post #10 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the great tips. Keep 'em coming. I need to go to the grocery store
post #11 of 25
Get a high fat yogurt. We love the Mediterranee brand -- it's got something like 45% daily sat fat in one tub. Love that stuff!

Also, try pancakes? We like the Pamelas brand and fry them in butter for more fat. You can sneak all kinds of goodies into pancakes too -- shaved veggies, fruits, oatmeal, whatever!

And if you add cinnamon or use a little fruit juice in the mix, they're really sweet and don't need syrup or anything.
post #12 of 25
Thread Starter 
Oh, that's a good idea. She loves pancakes and waffles, I'll have to start sneakin good stuff into them.
post #13 of 25
Hiya,

My youngest DS was diagnosed with FTT at about 18 months when he was consistently falling off his growth curve. This also happened around the time he stopped nursing--no great coincidence, I'm sure. He went from the fat, happy nursing baby to the skinny toddler who refused to eat. Anyhow, we saw a GI Dr. and a nutritionist who ruled out celiacs, etc. and just told us to get the calories into him. We put butter on a lot of things--veggies and pasta and rice, started with peanut butter, used a lot of cream cheese (on graham crackers, super yummy!), and tried to cut down on the cow's milk. We did full-fat yogurt and high-fat cottage cheese. I made homemade french fries in oil and homemake chix nuggets in in oil as well. I guess that we pretty much put oil and butter on everything!

I can't say that he gained a bunch of weight, or climbed back up the scale, however, he did not lose weight and has maintained the same growth curve for a while.

I must add that we started him on a probiotic diet recently--lots of yogurt, kefir, miso, and supplements, as well as lots of whoel grains and limited sugar, and he is now eating three meals a day--which is realy amazing. I am just mentioning this as something you may want to look into. I am so pro-probiotic because of seeing what it has done for him. Go bugs!

Kirsten
post #14 of 25
Would an organic follow-on toddler formula be an option over the cow's milk? Or even one of the homemade goat milk formulas with extra EFA, etc.? Just putting it out there. I don't ever advocate stopping breastmilk to go to one of those options, but if it's already stopped and relactating isn't an option due to the medication (and i gotta be "that" jerk and ask if you checked it out in Hale's manual to be sure you really have to stop), I'd think a breastmilk substitute would be better for weight gain issues than trying to cram in enough table food. I know my daughter wouldn't possibly have eaten enough table food at 12 months, no matter what I dosed it with. Good luck, hope you find something that she likes!
post #15 of 25
Thread Starter 
Well, we've tried the Enfamil toddler formula (which I know isn't organic, but we can't really afford organic right now) and she hates it. She took regular formula ok, but not the toddler kind. She drinks cow's milk without any issues - better, in fact, than she did formula.

I'm not so much trying to stuff her full of food, as I'm trying to balance out her diet a bit. I think by doing so, she'll naturally gain weight. She's not eating nearly enough now, simply because I can't find foods she likes.

She did, however, just wolf down some cheesy scrambled eggs with lots of olive oil, so that's good.

Relactation isn't really an option, I don't think. My dr. prescribed birth control, and told me I'd still be able to nurse her. My milk completely dried up, to the poitn that she was trying to nurse and screaming because she was so hungry. I'm still pretty p*ssed about that whole situation, as I'd wanted to nurse her until she self-weaned. Which she did, but only because there was no milk.
post #16 of 25
mama. That was a hard lesson to learn I'm sure, but be gentle with yourself.
I didn't realize when I posted before that she is drinking milk - Horizon has an organic milk out with added DHA's - if that is in your price range, it would be a little better than regular milk.
post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by slvsquared View Post
Relactation isn't really an option, I don't think. My dr. prescribed birth control, and told me I'd still be able to nurse her. My milk completely dried up, to the poitn that she was trying to nurse and screaming because she was so hungry. I'm still pretty p*ssed about that whole situation, as I'd wanted to nurse her until she self-weaned. Which she did, but only because there was no milk.
Can you go off the birth control? I bet there would be a decent chance of getting your milk back.

-Angela
post #18 of 25
I also have a 10th percentile girlie. I was a bit worried because my sister has had four FTT babies. My girlie never looked wasted and our ped helped me to not worry by reminding me it is a scale-someone has to be the small ones, right? Has your girlie always been in the 10th percentile or is she dropping?
It also important to look at her food intake over several days instead of meal to meal or even day to day. Toddlers are notorious binge eaters.
I liked to suggestion about flax seed oil and just wanted to through in that it's important not to cook flax oil. Another idea is to grind up flax seeds in a clean coffee grinder and add that meal to anything you cook-pancakes, muffins, smoothies, etc.
Good luck!
post #19 of 25
Thread Starter 
She's always been on the low end - started in the 20th, and dropped to the 10th after we weaned. I have flax seed here, grinding them is a good idea.
post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by slvsquared View Post
Well, we've tried the Enfamil toddler formula (which I know isn't organic, but we can't really afford organic right now) and she hates it. She took regular formula ok, but not the toddler kind. She drinks cow's milk without any issues - better, in fact, than she did formula.

I'm not so much trying to stuff her full of food, as I'm trying to balance out her diet a bit. I think by doing so, she'll naturally gain weight. She's not eating nearly enough now, simply because I can't find foods she likes.

She did, however, just wolf down some cheesy scrambled eggs with lots of olive oil, so that's good.

Relactation isn't really an option, I don't think. My dr. prescribed birth control, and told me I'd still be able to nurse her. My milk completely dried up, to the poitn that she was trying to nurse and screaming because she was so hungry. I'm still pretty p*ssed about that whole situation, as I'd wanted to nurse her until she self-weaned. Which she did, but only because there was no milk.
I have heard Walmart sells a store brand organic toddler formula now, but haven't seen in person. if you're all set with cow's milk though, then maybe you can successfully balance the diet in other ways.

here's some info on relactation from Kellymom, and I bet there's more in the BF forum on this site.
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/relactation.html

if the bc was something like the pill that you can just stop taking, it may be possible. it would be a lot of work, but you might be able to pump enough for a few feeds a day. I'm not telling you what to do or not do, and you don't have to justify, just passing along info.

Here's a site for finding donor breastmilk:
http://milkshare.birthingforlife.com/

again, just sharing info. If this is not appealing to you, perhaps someone else will see the link and find it interesting. good luck to you! i hope you gave your doctor holy hell about the bc mistake.
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