Here I am again, with the same old topic.
So my mommy's arms scale was right: my baby didn't get any heavier. She was exactly as heavy now at 12.5 months as at 9 months - 16.5lbs.
She did gain in height and head circumference and is in the 50th percentile for those two. But completely off the chart for weight. She was found all healthy and meeting all milestones. She's a very happy and smart LO.
We've been where we are only 1.5 months and I've been trying to find a pro-BF, vaccine-friendly pedi. This one, which we just saw today for the very first time, was vaccine-friendly and I can't say unsupportive of BF. She said her only concern is LO's weight gain here are her suggestions:
1. She thought 8-10 nursing sessions/day as we're still at is way too often, which interferes with her appetite for solids, which are necessary for her weight gain. She said to cut it down to 4-6 feedings/day and offer more solids, esp. starchy, high-calorie ones like yam.
2. She said I should pump and give her in a cup BM fortified with human milk fortifier or rice cereal (!)
3. She said to try adding butter or vegetable oil to her food. When I said LO has dairy sensitivity, she said butter is different so it may be OK and I can try it.
So, yet another person/pedi telling me to feed her MORE solids. Why do some babies never bother with much solids until well into their 2nd year and are STILL gaining well, and NOT mine? I admit I made every effort to make sure she got way more BM than solids up until she was close to 12 months - always nursing her before offering any solids, offering to nurse her as often as I could (8-10 times/day), limiting/not offering foods that are more filling than nutritious, etc. But by now she's eating with us at all 3 meals and has very good appetite and I honestly feel like she's eating enough. Now I feel like I've been starving her, kind of. I guess a diet of which the majority is BM doesn't work for her?? Or do I not have enough milk (which I actually feel is unlikely)? OR could it be my milk is not good enough?
Stop me. I'm even starting to think that's why even though she started crawling and standing at 8 months but is still NOT walking (independently).
I'm just sad. I wish I could talk to a pedi who is not only supportive but also knowledgeable about BF, not just one who is not unsupportive, kwim. Because I don't feel good about following the latter's advice, which means I'm again left to find (and fight) my own way...
I will offer her more starchy foods, though definitely not rice cereal. I don't know if that would help, and I don't know if that would mean less BM intake. The latter would make me , but my baby needs to gain weight doesn't she. She can't keep getting longer with the same weight can she?
Sorry for the (same old) disorganized rant. I badly needed to write here. I'll be thankful for any response.