Re: What's a normal weight for an EBF 6 month old?
I took rotten judgmental shrew in college, so I can translate. What the HV meant was "Breastmilk is inadequate and dangerous, and therefore ALL breastfed babies are starving and scrawny. It doesn't matter if they have fat rolls on their fat rolls, and more chins than their moms can count. Don't talk to ME about science or the normal growth patterns of the breastfed infant. I don't want to hear it. I am comfortable with formula-fed babies. So if these crazy breastfeeding mommies want to endanger their children by breastfeeding, they desperately need the planet's best solid food: cereal. It's highly processed, and therefore it must be good! Yum yum!"
Originally Posted by @llli*monkeypope
Seriously, there is NOTHING wrong with your baby. You're feeding on demand, he's having plenty of wet/poopy nappies, and most importantly, he looks and acts healthy! 18.9 lbs at 6 months is a nice weight, one which happens to land in the upper half of the weight for age charts- not that there's anything wrong with being in the lower half of the growth charts, because healthy babies come in all shapes and sizes. Statistically speaking, there are equally as many healthy babies in the 1st percentile as the are in the 99th.
My pediatrician would tell you that "Until the 1st birthday, breastmilk (or formula) meets all a baby's nutritional needs. Solids are for fun with new tastes, textures, and motor skills only. After the first birthday, solids start to become an important element of the baby's diet, but the transition from needing only breastmilk or formula to needing a lot of solids is often a slow one, with many babies remaining mostly breastfed until well into their second year of life." She would also assure you that there is no need to use infant cereal, and that you can start with fruits, veggies, and meats instead. Now, since I am quoting my pediatrician, I feel have to also quote her opinion on baby vitamins, which is: give them. They can't hurt, and might help. But that's a personal parenting choice that you should research on your own.
In short, ignore the harpy HV and keep on doing the excellent job you're doing!
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