Hi, I am new here and have been EBF now for 8 months and I love it. I have a baby boy, named Nicholas and up until he started solid food 2 moths ago, his weight gain was great. Now the gaining has dropped off and my pedi wants me to change a few things.
Some background first on us:
Nicholas was 6lbs 3oz, 18 inches when born. He now weighs 17.7lbs and is 26.5 inches. We successfully mastered BF early on and it has been a wonderful experience ever since. I am a SAHM and nurse him on demand. He sleeps thru the night, nurses 8 to 10 times a day, sometimes every hour. He likes baby food but only eats half of what I give him. He eats lunch and dinner. He is happy and healthy, no colds as of yet and rarely cries. I am very fortunate.
We had our routine pedi appt today and when the nurse weighed him, he was 17.7lbs. Last appt he was 17.1 lbs and my pedi was not pleased with his weight gain. She reccomended to me to feed him breakfast along with the other meals and to BF him after the meal, not before. Now from everything that I have read about BF, babies should nurse prior to solids because the milk has the calories and the nutrients needed for them to grow. I am frustrated because I really don't feel supported by the pedi and feel like she would rather I fed him formula because his schedule would be in better control. I thought she was going to choke when I told her I still feed on demand. Now another thing, his weight gain was great as I said before solids were introduced, is it normal to have such a drop off in gaining after solids come into play? Should I really be concerned or should I just add the breakfast and just stick to my normal feeding habits? I don't want to change things too drasticly because we are all happy with the current situation. I am afraid with changing things around too much that Nicholas will try to wean early and I don't want that. I want him to wean naturally, when he is ready not because things got changed around and we both get frustrated.
It is also hard for me because all the other mommy's I know all FF. I am the only BF'er that I know and it is difficult without other outside support. (not counting family)
Thanks for your imput and any suggestions will be apprieciated.