Tuesday, February 10, 2009

660 Calorie Champ!!

Blake has never been a good eater. Try as we may, he especially has never been fond of the bottle. He was eating enough just to scrape by at the 5th percentile though until about a month ago when he decided to wean himself completely (hense one of our latest hospital trips for dehydration!). Since then we have been able to coax about 10 oz per day of 30 calorie formula (normal is 20) into him. That along with his two cereal with fruits/veggies meals have given him a total of almost exactly 550 calories per day. Yes, we have to keep track and log everything! Anyways, we were told that to catch up he needs a bare MINIMUM of 600 calories and that we should have a goal of 650 -900 calories per day (yeah right!) and if he does not show significant weight gain in one month then he will have to get supplimentation through a feeding tube. Since we are trying to avoid that at all costs, I was finially able to meet with an infant nutritionist yesterday. Here is a sample of some of the changes we made:

Normal cereal mix (cals)
1/4 c. oatmeal cereal (60)
1/2 tub squash (15)
1 1/2 scoops formula (60)
2 oz water (0)
= 135

New cereal mix (cals)
1/4 c. oatmeal cereal (60)
1/2 tub sweet potatoes (35)
1 1/2 scoops formula (60)
1 oz water (0)
1 oz apple juice (15)
1 t. chicken&gravy (20)
1/2 t. veggi oil (20)
=210

So, by switching to a high calorie veggi (or fruit), making the formula with 1/2 apple juice, adding chicken and veggi oil (gross) we added 75 calories to this meal!! I tried it for both of his meals yesterday and he CREAMED his goal with 660 calories - the highest ever!!

1 comment:

Magen said...

Yeah! Go Blake! I hope he keeps eating for you... We've been having a similar struggle with Koen. Except he will eat, but he wants sweet things and he thinks he should drink out of a big-boy cup...which is a disaster.

Good luck and keep it up Blake!