I've also been worry, worry, worrying because of those charts - and I only just realized that with a birthweight of 7lb 12oz my lo was still below "average"! I read that these charts were devised in Ohio between the 1930's and 1970's - perhaps (probably) they are based on an unrepresentative group of overweight formula fed babies. Since everyone agrees that breastfed and formula fed babies grow differently - why can't professionals in this field just redo the charts - why are we still using a system from half a century ago which obviously is flawed? It would be interesting to know what the average percentiles are for BF babies on this forum - I never seem to read here about 95th percentile babies. Maybe babies in the 95th percentile are all formula fed...........
Someone else suggested redoing the charts - well, they have! Of course the peds don't use them usually. My ped, who is pretty crunchy, says she just gets them out if/when there looks to be a problem based on the "regular" one.
Anyway, here they are, plus excellent info from kellymom, of course: http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns...wthcharts.html
You never read about the 95th %ile babes because we don't worry about them, generally. For some reason, even in the midst of obesity running rampant, including in children, we have been trained to believe that big babies = healthy babies. And while this may be true most of the time, really average babies = healthy babies, and small babies = healthy babies most of the time as well. But, ff babies grow in an unnatural pattern, and comparing bf babies to that pattern is just plain dangerous, unhealthy, and dumb.
i would totally agree to go with your instinks, i know its hard im dealing with the weight chart crap right now with dd who is 18mo and 20lb 6oz and has been in the 5% since she was 9mo (and she didnt just drop there she gradually fell adn has been there consistently since 9mo). its encouragin to know others deal with this crap as well. my pedi suggested tests if she falls off the charts, which dh adn i are not doing, she is hitting milestones before suggested and is a very smart and healthy kido. the one thing i have tried doing , which others suggested, is trying to give her more high calorie healthy food, the big thing im trying not to do is stress about it, but its sooo hard. good luck!
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That happened to Colton, my younger, around 9 months. He'd been a big baby but as he became more and more mobile, his weight dropped off as he burned more and more calories, until he had lost some weight by the time he hit his 9 month checkup and was in about the 5th percentile for weight (like 90% for height though). It surprised me, as his older brother was off the charts the other way in that he was always tall and big.
Fortunately, I have a great ped who said as long as he'd gained something by his next checkup, to not worry. He gained like an ounce by 12 months, and so we haven't sweated it. He's just lean
I boosted nutrition when I could by offering foods with a little more fat, like avocados and stuff like that. And I started going back to nap-nursing when I could instead of nursing him to sleep and then getting up myself. I would get the older one to do something quiet and then lay there with the baby and nurse whenever he stirred. I could sneak in some good nursing time that way.
I would NOT do Pediasure. First off, it is NOT intended AT ALL for a baby under 12 months, and I'm bothered that your ped even suggested it. If anything, he could have suggested formula, which is designed for a baby <12 months (but I don't think you need it). Pediasure is made with cow's milk. And soybean oil . I'd find a different alternative to offer in a cup. . . like some expressed milk.
Hang in there mama. You aren't alone. Your baby sounds like she's doing just fine.
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DD was only 16 lbs. 7 oz. at her 9 mo. appointment....Doc. wasn't concerned and neither am I. She is petite.
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If it is any consolation, my 11 month old (DD5) only weighs 15 pounds 15 ounces, to be in the same percentile for her height she should weigh about 19 pounds. The Dr hasn't said a word. My oldest consistantly ran 95% for height and 15% for weight and now is 5 foot 2 inches and 130 pounds at age 17. DD2 and 3 ran 75 % for height and 25% for weight and now are 5' 6" and 120 at age 15 and 5' 5" and 115 at age 13. DD4 ran 75% for height and 25% for weight and at 3 is still there. If your LO seem healthy and lively I wouldn't worry too much about fattening her up, it hasn't seemed to make a difference in long term weight/height with my kids.
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Your lo is fine!!!! Seriously- if you read these boards you will see this all the time... Look at your child. If she is meeting milestones and seems content after feedings and her hair and nails are growing she is fine!!!!!! Your milk doesn't just stop providing for you baby. My dd was only 16 lbs at 9 months... my dh is also 5'6 and 140 lbs ( a petite french canadian) Children will grow as their genes tell them too. Instead of the pediasure I would give some expressed breastmilk ( wAYYYYYY healthier) and probably has more fat too) I know my 14 m old likes to drink mama milk out of a cup because she can carry it around and play and drink as she pleases. I agree that nursing more and offering less solids might help but you seem to be nursing a good deal anyways. Just keep at it and don't look at weight. Look at the baby!!!!
My dd is still tiny tiny.. and definately shorter than anyone elses kids but doing just fine. A few things I do for extra fat ( dd doesn't like avacado's)
Flax seed oil in applsauce, vegan butter or olive oil on all veggies and rice. Extra butter on bread and or pasta etc....and lots of breastmilk still at 14 m old. Don't doubt your milk mama!!! Its amazing stuff
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