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    It does NOT lose its nutritional value ever. http://kellymom.com/ages/older-infant/ebf-benefits/
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    I agree with the pp's who say its time to find a new doc! What horrible advice! My son was barely 18 lbs at 9 mos and all my doc said was "Good job, keep it up! He looks perfect!" 20 lbs is such a great weight for a 9 month old, if he is happy and meeting milestones I say ignore completely, even the 6 week follow up.

    If anything at all, the only thing I would suggest is a bit more solids. Maybe a little breakfast and lunch? Steel cut oats with a little maple syrup, or full fat yogurt make great breakfasts, and there are tons of yummy lunches you can share with baby. My son loves butternut squash. dutch yellow potatoes and apples stewed all together, just as an example! Pleeeeease ignore the doc you are doing great!

    Also, your baby started weaning the moment he started eating food. Giving him more food doesn't mean he will wean immediately. Its a process that can take a very long time if you want it to, even with 3 meals in the picture.
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    DS2 really leveled off a lot with his weight. I think he fell from 96%ile to 15%ile gradually from 6 months to 2 years. We have seen a lot of doctors in that time, including GI specialists and he's had some testing (all of which was normal), but no one ever suggested that I cut back on his nursing or wean him. His pediatric GI in California was a huge supporter of nursing and told me to keep nursing.

    And it is normal for BF babies to level off a bit! My DS2 dropped percentiles faster than he "should" have but a small drop is no big worry and any drop in weight shouldn't be a reason to cut back on nursing.
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    My baby's growth leveled off between his 9 month and 12 month appointments. Our pediatrician's only concern was that he was still nursing enough. When I told him that my baby was nursing 8-10 times a day but not eating much in the way of solids, he said - okay then, it's probably just his curve, just make sure he gets enough milk.

    So I basically got the opposite advice than what you got - it's normal for weight to level off, and if I 'm concerned about weight then nurse more often. Our pediatrician said at 12 months I should be offering solids at each meal, but not to be pushy about it; it didn't matter if he wasn't eating much yet as long as he was nursing enough. He rarely brought up solids before a year aside from mentioning choking hazards.

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    wow! he's a big boy! my dd is the almost exact same age(born 6/25/11) and she just had her 9 mo. check as well, she weighed 17.7 and was 27.5 inches long. her dr. said everything looked great... i think, especially if you are ebf that 3 times with no night nursing is harsh... sounds to me like he's doing wonderfully. some dr. are more against nursing than for it i believe... i say do what is best for you and your ds...

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    A doctor is a doctor-- not a nutritionist.
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    I would be looking for a new Dr.

    DS was 18lbs at a year and DD weighed just over 20lbs at 18 months. Both leveled off with their growth at about 9 months. I was never told to wean, and our pediatricians have never been concerned about their weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mskalinin View Post

    If anything at all, the only thing I would suggest is a bit more solids. Maybe a little breakfast and lunch? Steel cut oats with a little maple syrup, or full fat yogurt make great breakfasts, and there are tons of yummy lunches you can share with baby. My son loves butternut squash. dutch yellow potatoes and apples stewed all together, just as an example! Pleeeeease ignore the doc you are doing great!
    Around this age, I offered solids once a day.

    It's not uncommon for babies not to eat a lot of solids before one year. The vast majority of their diet should be from breastmilk (or formula) before a year. I never gave my daughter cow's milk (yogurt) until after a year. My daughter never really ate solids until she was closer to 14 months. She's actually 97% for height and 50% for weight. (Tall and lean - the troubles I should have!!).

    My point being that you may offer more solids, but you don't have to expect the baby to eat it. Solids before a year are for taste, texture and experimenting.

    Plus, if you wanted to gain weight would you go drink a full-fat milkshake or eat some butternut squash?

    Here are some good bits of info: http://kellymom.com/nutrition/milk/milkcalories/

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    I wouldn't necessarily find a new doctor if you like this one. Yeah he gave you bad advice about nutrition but like it's already been said, your doctor's not a dietician. If you're OK with shrugging it off and Dr doesn't make a big deal of it and you still want to keep him or her, then I'd say stay If you already have things you don't like about the office and were considering a change anyway then yes maybe it is time to think about switching.
    Nursed my sweet daughter 3 years, 3 mos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*krystine View Post
    I wouldn't necessarily find a new doctor if you like this one. Yeah he gave you bad advice about nutrition but like it's already been said, your doctor's not a dietician. If you're OK with shrugging it off and Dr doesn't make a big deal of it and you still want to keep him or her, then I'd say stay If you already have things you don't like about the office and were considering a change anyway then yes maybe it is time to think about switching.
    That's actually a good point. I did change doctor's when my daughter was about this age due to BF support/misinformation. It was important to me then, and I felt I couldn't just shrug it off.

    If I had a dumb doctor now, I'd just blow it off because I figure I probably know more than they do.

    But that could be based on my own changes over time and personality. You are doing great.

    Christine
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