Re: I'm worried about my friend's baby! What would you do?
I second the previous posts. Babies should not be nursed on a schedule- it's a ticket to a lowered milk supply. Milk supply = demand. If the baby isn't allowed to have enough chances to demand, he won't be able to maintain a good supply.
Also, when there is a concern about weight gain, you don't want to be concentrating on low-cal solids like fruits and veggies (with the exception of avocado, which is a perfect first food and has tons of fat). You want to give high-cal solids like cheese, meat (great for anemia!), beans, and whole-milk yogurt, and add some olive oil to the low-cal foods. Or, shoot- give the kid formula. It's easier to get the right proportion of fats/proteins/sugars/vitamins/minerals by using formula than it is by giving solids.
If you print this out, I want to address your friend directly: Mama, I'm concerned. Usually I'm totally reassuring when there's a baby with a low weight percentile, or even one who has fallen off the charts- as long as that baby is being nursed on demand. My biggest concern here is the scheduled feedings. I would immediately boost your nursing frequency to every 2 hours and see if that makes a difference. If that's not something you can or want to do, I recommend seeing a lactation consultant (preferably an IBCLC), or following the pediatrician's advice. And I'm very much NOT pro-formula. But there are situations where it makes sense. Best of luck!
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