My friend's baby is almost ten months old, and he's below the 5th percentile for weight. I know that's not necessarily a problem, but I am concerned that she is underfeeding him.
There are several reasons why I'm worried:
First, she says she nurses him on a schedule at 7, 12, 4, and 8, but I've been with her several times when she's gone longer than six hours without nursing. That's what I did when I was weaning my babies, not at ten months!
Second, she has breast implants.
Third, both mom and baby are anemic.
Fourth, baby's hair is falling out.
Fifth, the doctor told her to supplement with formula because baby is underweight and anemic.
She gives him tons of baby food all day long in a feeder. It's something I've never seen before, and you can't just buy one at Target or Walmart. She ordered it from some obscure website. It's basically a bottle for giving baby food.
She doesn't feed any foods with fats or protein. It's all things like green beans and pears that have very few calories.
I thought foods at her baby's age were just for fun and practice and should only be given with a spoon or what baby can feed himself. Am I wrong here?
She was going on a date with her husband tonight, and she called me earlier to say that she had pumped for several hours, every thirty minutes, but only had half an ounce from all that pumping combined. I asked her what she was going to do, and she said, "I'll just leave a couple of jars of baby food and some juice." When I asked her if the low output for the pump concerned her, she said, "No, I know I have tons of milk; I just can't get it out with the pump because my boobs are so big."
The little fellow is just so skinny! I feel sorry for him! I know breastmilk is best, and no mother who's commited to breastfeeding wants to give her baby formula, but wouldn't it be preferable to babyfood in a bottle?
I'm at a loss. What do you other moms think? Would you be concerned? If so, how would you deal with the situation?