My 2.4 yo daughter has always been at the bottom end of the weight chart. Now, though, she's started climbing the height chart, too, so basically she's getting taller and skinnier, which concerns the pediatrician. Her BMI at this latest visit was 0.03%! 5% to 85% is normal.
The pediatrician recommended I start feeding my daughter more foods with higher fat content and higher calories. Fine.
But then she asked how often I BF my daughter. When I said five or six times, she thought that I should cut back, because non-BF toddlers don't have more than three servings of milk a day and so the additional two or three feedings are likely filling her up and potentially making her eat less regular food, which she believes contain more calories per ounce than breast milk.
A reply to an earlier thread appears to suggest that's a false assumption. But the foods in the link provided (to Kelly's Mom) were focused on mostly pureed foods. I don't know what the calorie comparison is between breastmilk and regular food/entrees that we all consume, which is what my daughter eats at this point.
Regardless, it doesn't seem right to me that breastfeeding can interfere with regular food consumption. I nursed my son for five years, and I can remember with him being amazed how he could consume more food imaginable even after nursing for twenty minutes. The amount of breast milk intake never seemed to correlate to his appetite for food right afterwards.
I also have no idea how to cut back on the feedings. She nurses on demand, not at my suggestion, so what am I supposed to do, simply tell her no? Randomly? I'm nursing this long because I want her to decide when to slow down and eventually stop, so by taking it upon myself to cut back on the feedings kind of goes against that whole chosen path.
The whole thing doesn't make any sense to me. I'd love others' thoughts on this. Am I right to question (read: ignore) the pediatrician's suggestion to reduce how often my daughter nurses, or am I letting my continued annoyance at how extended breastfeeding seems the favored scapegoat for absolutely everything (even my son's late talking, which turned out to be nothing) cloud my thinking?
Any thoughts? Helpful resources?