I just got done with my daughter's six month appt. and am somewhat confused and frustrated. Looking for advice and/or support from any other mom's that have maybe had similar issues with their exclusively breastfed babies.
For reference, here are my daughter's weight measurements:
Birth - 8 pounds 2 ounces
1 Month - 9 pounds 2 ounces
2 Months - 10 pounds 7 ounces
4 Months - 12 pounds even
6 Months - 12 pounds 7.5 ounces
My pediatrician has never expressed concern about my daughter's thin (long and lean) frame or weight gain up until this appointment. She also did not express any concern about any developmental issues or other health issues other than just weight gain. But she said that due to her poor weight gain between 4 and 6 months, she wanted me to exclusively formula feed her for two weeks straight and then come back and weigh her again to see if that helped. That my milk did obviously didn't have the caloric content that she needed. I questioned her about other alternatives (perhaps nursing more frequently, or pumping and measuring how many ounces she was actually getting) but she was very adament about formula being the only option.
I should also note that I breastfed my son (now 3 yo) til about 20 months old and that he was also quite thin and long and lean but there was never any concern. My daughter also began crawling a week or two before she was 6 months old (which I believe usually results in some leveling off of weight gain) and is incredibly alert and active. I had not supplemented with any rice cereal or solids before the appointment and just breastfed on demand.
My daughter sleeps well, laughs, smiles, crawls, babbles, plays and has no other health or developmental concerns. I am confused as to why the doctor is so adament about me stopping breastfeeding to use formula if there really doesn't seem to be a problem other than the fact that she is slender. I am obviously not wanting to ignore any possible health concern related with her lack of weight gain - but am not sure if I even need to be worried at all or even do anything to begin with, let alone quit breastfeeding! I already charted her weight gain on the WHO chart and her percentages have obviously dropped - but they have done that every month since she was born - but she has never lost weight and still has an upward trajectory (currently at about 5% on the WHO chart).
I already have an appointment tomorrow morning with a reccomended pediatrician that is supposedly more breastfeeding knowledgable/supportive and am anxious to see what she has to say.
Any help or advice would be much appreciated! Thank you!