Re: Suggestions to get 6 month old to ga
I do think a new pediatrician sounds like a good idea. I don't think much of your current doc's advice, for the following reasons:
1. It is normal for a breastfed baby to drop percentiles around 4-6 months, as the baby becomes more active and expends more calories on motion (reaching/rolling/crawling/etc.) rather than packing them on as fat.
2. Going from the 5th percentile to the 1st is not much of a decline in the weight department, and your LO's height is more or less consistent as well. Consistent growth is a good thing!
3. Your baby is developing normally, and seems happy. That's a good indicator of normal growth and normal food intake!
4. If you want a baby to gain weight, cereal and water are NOT the way to do it! If you want to gain weight, what do you eat: rice cakes and sling water, or a milkshake? Breastmilk has more calories than almost all solids, and provides balanced nutrition. Few babies consume a balanced diet of solids when they are first starting.
5. Why would being "behind" with solids- which you are not, BTW- necessitate waiting months to introduce vegetables? Many moms skip cereal altogether and go straight to vegetables.
I can understand not being interested in BLS- it takes a bit of a leap of faith to trust that your baby won't choke! However, not doing BLS doesn't mean that you also must follow a totally conventional schedule when it comes to introducing solids. A great way to get a baby to gain weight is to concentrate on calorie-rich and nutritious solids right from the start. Avocado, whole-milk yogurt, beans, meats- all of those are high calorie and very baby-friendly. You can introduce iron-rich veggies (spinach and other leafy greens) and make them more caloric by adding a drizzle of olive oil to them.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
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