Re: Doctor is pushing formula! Help please!
Good questions from the PP. Three more:
- Are you and baby's daddy smaller, slenderer people? Small parents often have small babies.
- Is baby healthy, happy, and growing in height and head circumference?
- Is your doctor using the new charts for breastfed babies, or the old ones for formula-fed babies? (The growth patterns are very different for formula-fed vs. breastfed infants, and a lot of your doctor's concern may be explained by lack of familiarity with the normal growth trajectory of breastfed babies. One thing that happens with breastfed babies is that they "lean out" somewhere around the middle of the first year, usually dropping percentiles on the charts as they become more mobile, devoting more calories to action instead of packing them on as fat. Highly active babies tend to lean out faster and earlier than more sedentary ones. My pediatrician says that this occurs "because breastfed babies can't have a bottle hanging out of their mouth all day". )
Just to reassure you, there is absolutely nothing intrinsically wrong with being in the 5th percentile if the baby is otherwise healthy and growing. Statistically speaking, there are just as many healthy babies in the 5th percentile as in the 95th, just as many in the 1st percentile as in the 99th, just as many in the 75th as in the 25th. While it's easy to have a big baby, believe me when I say that having a child who is contiunously on the large side becomes a mixed blessing once infancy passes! You get concerned glances and stern lectures about the epidemic of childhood obesity...
ETA: just read your update and I am sorry that changing docs is such a hassle- especially since I think you should do it! I know my friends who are military wives have had... At best mixed experiences with the medical care available to them on base or through TriCare.
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