Re: plateaued growth in a 7 month old
It's entirely normal for a breastfed baby's growth to slow after the 6 month mark. It's why the charts for breastfed babies and formula-fed babies look so different: in the second half of the first year, formula-fed babies tend to gain relatively more weight than their breastfed peers. Plot a breastfed baby's weight on a formula chart, and the breastfed baby seems to be dropping percentiles very quickly.
If you and your DH are slim people, then it's probably just your baby's nature to be slender. Switching her to expressed milk via bottle is unlikely to help her gain weight. But there are some things you can try that sometimes increase weight gain:
- sleep in close proximity to or in the same bed with the baby- sometimes babies who sleep next to mom wake a little more often and take in lots of calories from mom's all-nite breastaurant
- focus on offering high-calorie solids like whole milk yogurt, avocado, beans, meat, and cheese
- add a drizzle of olive oil to low-cal solids like veggies
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