My daughter was EBF and slow to start solids. I'm sure some of you will remember us on here... I posted questions all the time!! She did not show much interest in solids until 10 months and then she really took off around 12 months. She was on BM until 14 months old and I slowly incorporated and transitioned her over to cow's milk. She has always been somewhat "petite" or small. She was in the 35 percentile for most of her dr visits and the dr said that was OK. She had a wellness visit at 13 months and was 19 lbs. Then... her last wellness was at 16 months, and that was about 2-3 weeks ago... she was still 19 lbs!!!! I was surprised to see that she had not gained ANY weight. The doctor asked how she was eating and I told her she was getting better about table foods and feeding herself, but sometimes she'll get tired of chomping with her gums (only has top two teeth!!) and wants stage 3 foods again. I also had been adding an ounce or two of water to her whole milk b/c she showed signs of constipation. I started adding prunes to her breakfasts, and that issue has been fine now. The doctor told me to stop the water to milk and only give her whole milk. She also said to stop any fruit juices, that they were empty calories, and give her some Pediasure to see if that would help with the weight gain. The doctor didn't seem concerned with her solids that she was eating... just said to keep at it, etc.
The doctor did tell me that if she still had not gained weight at her 19 month appointment (which is the end of October) or that if her weight drops off... that we would need to start looking at "why" that is happening. Now she has never "lost" weight... but why isn't she "gaining"??? And should I be terribly concerned? The dr said her hemoglobin, iron, etc has always looked good, but they would need to consider doing some tests to see what is possibly going on?
So, I have started adding some Pediasure during the day, giving whole milk (with no water added), I do give water or juice only during meals, and I push any foods her way that she will eat (whether finger foods, table food, or stage 3 foods).
Have any of you had any experience with this? I'm worried now feeling like something might be "wrong" with her b/c she is still such a lightweight. The doctor did tell me, "she might always be petite, and that is fine, but we just need to see how she is the next few months until next appt". My husband and mother are telling me not to worry... that she is happy, healthy, eats well and has always been on the small side... but I'm petrified that by the next appt she'll not have gained weight!!!