I’ve been battling to get Nic to eat enough for years, and it’s already started with Baby Z. However, this time, it’s more my fault than his. My little man doesn’t shy away from the boob, in fact, he’s voracious. The problem is, I’m just not giving him enough.
I know this because his weight gain has been paltry. Between our last doctor appointments, he should have gained about a pound. Instead, he gained 5 ounces. At our first visit, our pediatrician told me to beef up the calories (he had gained a little less than expected between being released from the hospital and his first visit). I complied and took second helpings at dinner and added in more snacks, but it’s just not enough.
I should also note that I'm an eater. I'm not one of those girls who picks at a salad. I order a burger and fries, and I finish it. To tell me to eat more calories is to tell me to eat like a 250 pound man. It's actually kind of hard.
The way I see it, I have three complicating factors that are making it really difficult to get enough calories:
- Baby Z has a milk protein sensitivity. This means I can’t eat cheese, milk or other dairy products. Dairy products have traditionally been a huge calorie source for me. Cutting these out has left me scrambling for ways to beef up my food intake. (You have no idea how bad I just want to drink milkshakes all day.)
- We’ve been moving. With Nic, I sat on the couch with My Breastfriend strapped around me for hours on end. I just can’t do that this time—I’m always on the go (and burning calories).
- I’m chasing a toddler. To echo, point #2, I’m always up and about. Plus, just making time to eat a hearty meal is hard. I make myself a sandwich, sit down to eat it, and someone cries!
Sure, it feels nice to fit into a pair of jeans (note: not quite my regular jeans) or to have someone tell me that I look great. But when that happens, I also feel this pang of guilt that I’m cheating my baby. I’m really not trying to lose the baby weight quickly, I just can’t keep up. And I feel like my little man is suffering in the process.
So, if you have tips for high calorie snacks/meals that are easy to prepare and dairy-free, I’m happy to hear them in the comments!