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Hi all. My 9 month old ds needs to put on weight. He's had some GI issues, and hasn't really gained anything in the last few months. He's in the 5th %, hasn't fallen off but his Ped. GI wants him to gain. They said I also need to eat as much healthy fatty, high calorie foods as possible, to help my breast milk fatten up. We are a gluten free home and I'm dairy free as well as my 9 month old. Can anyone give me some good suggestions for foods for him? I'm adding some olive oil into his baby food right now. I'm giving him tofu, veggies & some fruits, as well as some puffed rice cereal to munch on.<br><br>
Thank you so much for any advice!!! I want to avoid supplementing, which luckily my GI is against, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Is he intolerant of dairy or you? Just curious because a lot of people who are dairy intolerant are also soy intolerant (which may keep him from gaining weight).<br>
Roast a chicken and eat the crispy skin (yum) and make gravy (thicken it with sweet potato flour). That's a good fat.<br>
Avocadoes (dip carrots in there or corn chips) My DD loves guacamole (mashed avocado with salt & pepper)<br>
coconut milk yogurt (made with non-dairy starter) is a good fat, and a probiotic (for you or him) - I also bake with mine, though that kills the good bacteria, or put it in smoothies. DD dips fruit like bananas in the yogurt.<br>
Use coconut milk and coconut oil (both good fats)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Is he intolerant of dairy or you? Just curious because a lot of people who are dairy intolerant are also soy intolerant (which may keep him from gaining weight).<br>
Roast a chicken and eat the crispy skin (yum) and make gravy (thicken it with sweet potato flour). That's a good fat.<br>
Avocadoes (dip carrots in there or corn chips) My DD loves guacamole (mashed avocado with salt & pepper)<br>
coconut milk yogurt (made with non-dairy starter) is a good fat, and a probiotic (for you or him) - I also bake with mine, though that kills the good bacteria, or put it in smoothies. DD dips fruit like bananas in the yogurt.<br>
Use coconut milk and coconut oil (both good fats)</div>
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Wow...thanks...these are all great ideas. They're not sure if he's sensitive to dairy but it's possible. His milk allergy tests are - but they said he's so young, they may not show up + yet. So, they want me to stay dairy free until he's doing better. Not sure about the soy- they never mentioned that. Maybe I should avoid that, too. hmmm
 

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You can make jello jiggler type treats with coconut milk and plain gelatin or agar agar. Melt and add coconut oil or butter to everything!<br><br>
Make some nut butter balls for you. Mix 1 cup nut butter, 1/2 cup coconut oil and a few tablespoons of honey. Let it cool down (and firm up) in the fridge. Roll into balls (can roll in coconut, cocoa powder, chopped nut, etc.) or just eat with a spoon <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">:<br><br>
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I'd say, in addition to the above suggestions, focus on stuff that helps heal the gut, so that he's better able to absorb the nutrients from his food. There are lots of types of probiotic foods, we do fermented veggies (and even if kiddo doesn't want to eat the veggies, if they're doing okay with solids you could let them drink the juice--my kids love this), and I try to use homemade stock as much as possible, the gelatin is very soothing to the gut and the minerals are very easy to digest. Cod liver oil is a relatively easy thing to add in (again, if your LO is eating solids and you're okay with a fish product) and seems helpful for gut issues too.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'd say, in addition to the above suggestions, focus on stuff that helps heal the gut, so that he's better able to absorb the nutrients from his food. There are lots of types of probiotic foods, we do fermented veggies (and even if kiddo doesn't want to eat the veggies, if they're doing okay with solids you could let them drink the juice--my kids love this), and I try to use homemade stock as much as possible, the gelatin is very soothing to the gut and the minerals are very easy to digest. Cod liver oil is a relatively easy thing to add in (again, if your LO is eating solids and you're okay with a fish product) and seems helpful for gut issues too.</div>
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What would be fermented veggie juice? I'm not sure what this is. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">What would be fermented veggie juice? I'm not sure what this is. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"></div>
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I was thinking of the pickle-y water from making homemade (fermented) pickles (the liquid that the pickles were under, I mean) or most recently we had fermented curry cauliflower and the kids like drinking the water that the cauliflower was in. Like that. I don't know how normal it is, but my kids like it.<br><br>
ETA: There are folks in Traditional Foods who know how to make fermented veggies, things like kimchi and pickles and stuff. This thread has more on what/how.<br><br><a href="http://mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=426207&highlight=fermented" target="_blank">http://mothering.com/discussions/sho...ight=fermented</a>
 

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"healthy fatty high calorie foods" - first things I think of is nuts (almonds, walnuts etc), seeds (sesame, sunflower), avocado, olive oil....can you have eggs?
 

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Thanks guys, these are some good suggestions. It's just all so stressful in my already stressful home.
 

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Nuts are great for you<br><br>
Olive oil can be added to just about everything.<br><br>
Also- many breastfed babies naturally slow down in weight gain around that age.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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for you i would suggest an omega3 supplement like cod liver oil or other fish oil, these both have good, brain building fats and will pass from your breastmilk to your baby. also good fats for you would include fatty fresh fish like atlantic salmon, whic is mild in flavor and high in good fat. try poaching some salmon in coconut milk with whatever seasoning or spices appeal, i like thai style peanut sauce or lemon juice and lemongrass and basil.<br><br>
for the baby what about feeding him some whole milk yogurt as it has good fats, protien, and probiotics to help his gi system. or if not yogurt give him a teaspoon of acidophilus/bifidus powder. a brand that makes it for babies is called Jarrodophilus and is very high quality.<br><br>
i personally don't believe tofu is very digestable/easily assimilated, also it is very low fat. and puffed rice might fill up your LO but has very few nutrients. maybe try cooked rice instead, with melted butter or ghee (which is low in milk proteins as the milk has been cooked out of it) on it, and pour some coconut milk over it, adding in some fresh or cooked fruit.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">for you i would suggest an omega3 supplement like cod liver oil or other fish oil, these both have good, brain building fats and will pass from your breastmilk to your baby. also good fats for you would include fatty fresh fish like atlantic salmon, whic is mild in flavor and high in good fat. try poaching some salmon in coconut milk with whatever seasoning or spices appeal, i like thai style peanut sauce or lemon juice and lemongrass and basil.<br><br>
for the baby what about feeding him some whole milk yogurt as it has good fats, protien, and probiotics to help his gi system. or if not yogurt give him a teaspoon of acidophilus/bifidus powder. a brand that makes it for babies is called Jarrodophilus and is very high quality.<br><br>
i personally don't believe tofu is very digestable/easily assimilated, also it is very low fat. and puffed rice might fill up your LO but has very few nutrients. maybe try cooked rice instead, with melted butter or ghee (which is low in milk proteins as the milk has been cooked out of it) on it, and pour some coconut milk over it, adding in some fresh or cooked fruit.</div>
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Thank you! You make a very good point about the tofu & puffed rice. I can't give him whole milk because they're worried he may have a milk allergy. The rest I can do! Thank you!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Nuts are great for you<br><br>
Olive oil can be added to just about everything.<br><br>
Also- many breastfed babies naturally slow down in weight gain around that age.<br><br>
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Yeah, I wasn't "too" concerned about it but since he has GI issues and my other ds has Crohn's & Celiac disease... they have to be a bit more cautious with his weight gain than normal, I guess. The good thing is that they aren't interested in supplementing with formula yet... they think breast is best for as long as possible! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br>
Oh... can I have the nuts covered in dark chocolate?! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Oh... can I have the nuts covered in dark chocolate?! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod"> Absolutely! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
-Angela
 
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