I am not sure if I should be posting here, but I am just wanting an answer (I am sure that I am not alone ). My DD has some serious eating issues. I have dubbed her a 'low eater'. A little background:
DD was born 8 lbs, 3 oz. Good Apgar. Came home and we BF for 2 months until I had to go back to work. Introduced bottle. She started refusing all forms of food. She would eat less than 10 oz a day. This slowly increased, and she will eat anywhere from 10-18 oz a day. She refuses food (solids). She has a high gag reflex. She is almost 6.5 months old. I think she is teething, because yesterday, she only at 6 oz of food (milk). She is BF (I pump, because she doesn't do well anymore at the breast), although I do try to start her at the boob and see how she does. She rarely looks/acts hungry. If I don't offer her the bottle, she won't show signs of wanting one; however, because she eats so little, I feel like I am offering it all.of.the.time. Her Ped doesn't seem to find anything wrong with her (she is gaining weight- is in the 80th percentile) and she is meeting her milestones. Generally a pretty happy baby. I asked the Ped to put her on Prevacid at 2.5 months old because I thought that would 'cure' it. I have referred myself to a Ped GI specialist, who also didn't find anything wrong (but didn't do an invasive test). She doesn't show signs of a food allergy that I know of (but does sometimes have olive green mucusy poops, so I have been on the 'elimination diet' for 7 days now- no soy, wheat, eggs, dairy, nuts, fish, etc). She does have one poopy diaper a day, and 4-7 wets (but only 1-2 sopping wet, rest are 'sorta' wet). I am perplexed as to how she is gaining weight, and eating so little. Not sure if this is a diagnosable problem or not. I am toying with trying to get a Ped endocrinologist referral, but not sure if this will help.
I know that this probably seems pretty meager, and I am sure I shouldn't be posting here, but I am needing to reach out and see if anyone else's LO has experienced this. I worry that she will dehydrate herself and start having seizures. I worry that she doesn't have the neurological signals needed to signal hunger. Yet, she is gaining weight. I am torn. Does anyone have any advise?
Thanks so much for reading this.