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irislimzhixuanmamapapa asked:
my baby is coming 5 months old but she only drink 600ml of breastmilk daily. When go for her checkup nurse mention she is underweight. we try feeding her more but the amt still 600ml max per day. Is there anyway to increase her appetite? Or should I bring her to see an pediatrician?

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There are several reasons why the baby is "underweight" or drinking less. If the weight is less than 3rd percentile, then it is important to exclude internal medical conditions that result in poor weight growth. On the other hand, it may just be something benign like baby is very distracted on milk feeds, so timing the mild feeds is important. There are a variety of ways to increase the calories if milk feeds are limited in volume, including concentrating milk formula, additional of solids like rice cereals etc. I would suggest you see your paediatrician to work out the issues.

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Liew_Woei_Kang answered:
There are several reasons why the baby is "underweight" or drinking less. If the weight is less than 3rd percentile, then it is important to exclude internal medical conditions that result in poor weight growth. On the other hand, it may just be something benign like baby is very distracted on milk feeds, so timing the mild feeds is important. There are a variety of ways to increase the calories if milk feeds are limited in volume, including concentrating milk formula, additional of solids like rice cereals etc. I would suggest you see your paediatrician to work out the issues.

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lovelies answered:
From the regular PD check up, the PD will review on her growth percentile, so u can check with the PD in detail your concerns. Generally, if the baby is putting on weight steadily and is active, there is no need to worry. I would suggest u speak to the PD instead of just taking the nurse's word. When I bf my baby that time, I feed on demand. If she is not taking alot each time, I suggest u increase the frequency of feeding, and not to increase the amount of milk.

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