How to Increase the Calories in Infant Formula

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Some infants need a little help gaining weight. By increasing the calories in their infant formula, they may be able to pack on a couple pounds and continue to develop normally. Making sure to provide a balanced diet to the infant will also aid in gaining healthy weight. Along with offering formula, include cereals along with breast milk, if it's an option.

Things You'll Need

  • Quiet, comfortable space
  • Infant formula
  • Polycose powder
  • Rice cereal
  • Start by discussing the infant's health concerns with a pediatrician. Always consult a physician before making any changes to an infant's diet or feeding routine.

  • Take a look at the infant's feeding routine. Make sure to feed an infant in a quiet and comfortable setting so they are able to concentrate on eating and will get the most out of a feeding. Allow 2 hours between feedings to ensure the infant will be hungry, and try to keep feeding times to no longer than 30 minutes.

  • Prepare infant formula with an additional scoop of powdered formula to each 8-ounce serving. The additional scoop will add another 25 calories to the 8-ounce bottle.

  • According to Antelope Valley Hospital, adding Polycose powder to infant formula will increase the calorie content. Polycose powder is a carbohydrate supplement that is found in most supermarkets. Discuss introducing Polycose powder to an infant's diet with a doctor. Make sure to follow all directions when using Polycose powder with infants.

  • Introduce rice cereal to infants. Prepare rice cereal according to box directions with an additional scoop of powdered infant formula to create a higher-calorie meal. Making rice cereal with water will not provide the additional calories, whereas breast milk or prepared infant formula will.

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