My daughter Ava turned 1 year old on 1/26 and is still a consummate nurser, refusing most solids most of the time. She has a good pediatrician who is not putting pressure on me, but who is concerned nevertheless, because Ava is such a featherweight. She weighed in at only 15 lb. 4 oz. when she had her 1-year check-up. Her other values are good (29" long and 44 cm head circumference). She is also reaching her milestones - she is walking and seriously trying to produce her first words. She is also perpetually in motion, taking everything apart she can get her little fingers on.
Her pediatrician still thinks that Ava needs to gain some weight - she actually suggested that I should put her on a diet of chocolate and ice cream and soak the cheerios, one of the few foods she nibbles on, in butter. I am not having any success with this diet. Ava is also refusing Pediasure and to try to get her to take a vitamin supplement would be a two-person endeavor - not counting Ava!
So, I continue nursing her as much as she wants. Starving her to motivate her to eat won't work, I am convinced of that. I returned to work 3x per week when she was 5 months old and Ava stays home with her dad and refuses to eat for him. She now drinks a little bit of soymilk when I am gone, but refuses everything else, including formula and whole milk. (BTW, she refused to drink anything from bottles scince she was 2 1/2 months old.)
I am wondering how worried I should be. My gut tells me that she's okay, but it would be nice on many levels if she would start eating. But mostly, I want to make sure that she gets adequate nutrition. I guess this is the essential question that the pediatrician is concerned about. Is it possible that a mother's breast milk is not adequate? I am very skinny (5'5", about 105 lb.) - can my weight affect the quality of my breast milk? My diet is good, I eat like a horse with lots of rich and nutricious foods to make sure there are all the ingredients to make rich and nutricious breast milk.
My mother actually faced a similar issue when I was a baby: she was told to stop nursing and feed me formula since obviously her breastmilk was no good, because I was not gaining enough weight. It did not work.
I have another question: Does anyone know if is there any correlation between when a baby's teeth come in and when they get into solids? Ava didn't get her first teeth until she was 11 months old ...
Any thoughts and advice on what I should/could do are much appreciated!