Re: Need to help my 6m baby gain more we
Welcome to the forum, and congratulations on making it to 6 months of breastfeeding!
It is very normal for breastfed babies to drop percentiles at around the 6 month mark. As they become more mobile, doing things like reaching, rolling, sitting, squirming, crawling, etc., they put more calories into action than they do into fat. My kids, for example, went from around the 95-100th percentile for weight to around the 75th as they became mobile. My kids' pediatrician was unconcerned. In fact, when I came in with my second baby at 6 months she turned the computer monitor towards me so I could see my kid's chart, and said "See? She's doing that thing that all my breastfed babies do. Leaning out. I think it's because breastfed babies can't have bottle hanging out of their mouths all day long."
Another reason your baby may not have gained as much weight recently is that growth is not uniform in all dimensions at once. Smetimes a baby grows in weight and length about equally. Other times, he will spurt up in height and gain less weight, or even plateau in weight gain. This pattern of growth continues throughout childhood: one day you'll notice your kid looking a bit pudgy, and the next she'll be string-bean skinny and have grown too tall for all her pants.
Basically, as long as baby seems happy and healthy, is being fed on demand, and is continuing to meet his developmental milestones and grow in some dimension, I would not worry and would not supplement with formula. It's not necessary and all it will do will derail breastfeeding- so to your doc for suggesting it!
Some things you can do to increase weight gain:
- Offer the breast more often, and try to do so in a distraction-free environment. Sometimes older babies are so busy that they play instead of nursing.
- Nurse at night. If your baby is sleeping through, you can always wake him up and see if you can cram some extra calories into him while he's relaxed.
- Co-sleep. Many babies who sleep with their moms wake often to eat, and that can add up to a lot of calories.
- When you start solids, focus on the high-calorie ones. Meats, beans, whole-milk yogurt, avocado. You canals add some olive oil to the low-cal fruits and veggies.
Seriously, I wouldn't worry! What you describe sounds textbook normal for a baby this age, and while your doc is pressuring you about weight gain now, in a few years you'll be getting praised for raising a slender and healthy child amidst the epidemic of childhood obesity.
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