Re: Slow weight gain and breastfeeding paranoia
How is baby's general health, growth, and development? Is she growing in length and head circumference and meeting her developmental milestones at a normal rate?
There's nothing intrinsically wrong with being in the 26th percentile. The growth charts are not a test, where every kid who scores below the 50th percentile fails. There are healthy babies in ALL percentiles, and statistically speaking there are just as many healthy babies in the 1st percentile as there are in the 99th, and just as many in the 75th as there are in the 25th.
With young babies, all weights should be done in the nude and on the same scale. Differences in calibration between scales can make a big difference to where a baby falls on a chart, so you don't want to compare the weights done at the doc's office to those done on your home scale. Also, you do not want to zoom in too close on a baby's weight. There's a good reason why we don't generally weigh healthy babies every day, and that is because weight gain varies from day to day and week to week. Some days a baby may allocate more calories to growing lengthwise and pause in weight, or vice versa. And as babies get mobile, they tend to allocate increasing a punts of calories to action (kicking, squirming, reaching, rolling) and pack on fewer as fat. Don't be too surprised if your LO drops some percentiles as she gets closer to the middle of her first year, especially if your doctor is using the CDC charts rather than the WHO charts. The CDC charts were developed using data collected from a population of predominantly white, mostly formula-fed babies in the Midwest in the 1950s. The WHO charts used data collected from an ethnically diverse sample of breastfed babies, and present a much different picture of normal infant growth. Measure a breastfed baby on the CDC chart and it will often appear to gain weight "too quickly" during infancy (when formula-fed babies grow relatively slowly) and "too slow" as they round the 6 month mark (when formula-fed babies' weight tends to escalate).
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"