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SheilaJoy 06-23-2006 02:19 AM

Dr appointment, low weight
 
I finally got Hannah to a naturopath today, yay! Ironically, I had to fudge a reason to take her to this dr in order to get the referral since she's not a PCP on my insurance. I said she wasn't gaining weight. Ironic part is, she's really not gaining weight!!
At 8 months, she only weighs 14 1/2 pounds! This is the 5th percentile. I thought for sure she was in the 16-18 range. I just started giving her solids a week ago, and wasn't worrying too much about it. Now I'm feeling like I should be kicking myself for not starting her on more solids at six months! Why does everyone say it's ok to EBF for a year???
I'm *almost* wishing I could just put her on formula to fatten her up. :cry:

jjaelovesenglish 06-23-2006 02:56 AM

Re: Dr appointment, low weight
 
How tall is she sweetie?
I know it took a very long time for my nephew to hit 15 pounds because he had to be 15 pounds to have surgery. I don't think he got to that point until he was 10 1/2 months old.
If she has been EBF for 8 months, I don't think she will take a bottle. If you are concerned, buy a SMALL can of formula and give her 4-6 ounces of formula only AFTER you have tried some solids and bf. If she devours it, then she probably is not getting enough milk. If she is not hungry AT all. You might want to get some of your milk tested, you might not have the right fats or something in it. My MIL did not have the right fats.
I wish I was still BF my 8 month old, but I had to stop at 5 months for medical reasons.
:hugs:

dirtdartwife 06-23-2006 03:02 AM

Re: Dr appointment, low weight
 
That's good information to know. My almost 14 month old isn't even 20 lbs yet. As a matter of fact, I took her in when she was two weeks past her one year b-day and she was a measly 17.1 lbs. Now I have to convert 7455g to lbs to see what she weighed today when I took her in to the ER for her vomiting. I've started my baby on foods long time ago and she inhales everything I give her. She still nurses pretty good but still... it doesn't make me feel better seeing her look scrawny.

And yes, she's kinda tall. At that same one year appointment, if I recall correctly, she was 28.5 inches.

I now give her baby food mixed with baby rice cereal. It's high in calories so that helps.

dirtdartwife 06-23-2006 03:03 AM

Re: Dr appointment, low weight
 
That's good information to know. My 13 month old isn't even 20 lbs yet. As a matter of fact, I took her in when she was two weeks past her one year b-day and she was a measly 17.1 lbs. Now I have to convert 7455g to lbs to see what she weighed today when I took her in to the ER for her vomiting. I've started my baby on foods long time ago and she inhales everything I give her. She still nurses pretty good but still... it doesn't make me feel better seeing her look scrawny.

And yes, she's kinda tall. At that same one year appointment, if I recall correctly, she was 28.5 inches.

I now give her baby food mixed with baby rice cereal. It's high in calories so that helps.

dirtdartwife 06-23-2006 03:03 AM

Re: Dr appointment, low weight
 
sorry, double post! :blush:

SheilaJoy 06-23-2006 03:10 AM

Re: Dr appointment, low weight
 
You guys have made me feel a little bit better, thank you. :hugs:
I was so concerned about her weight that I can't remember her height now! But the dr said she was in the 45th percentile for height. So she's not excessively tall either. To me, she looks fine, I was shocked at what I heard. Other people have told me she's so tiny, but she has some pinchable chub, she's not skinny or anything.
When I came home from the dr I gave her two jars of baby food, which she inhaled! I started with one, but she was still starving. Maybe I'm not getting enough of the fatty milk. She nurses for a long time, so I can't imagine that nursing her longer would help.
Maybe something in a cup rather than a bottle. I can't pump bm, for some reason it just won't come out with a pump. Is she too young for juice or goat's milk? The dr said to wait until 12 months for goat's milk, but at this point I just want to put some calories on her! I mean, maybe her brain's not developing properly!

dirtdartwife 06-23-2006 03:26 AM

Re: Dr appointment, low weight
 
Ok, that's worriesome... I just converted the grams to lbs and that's only 16.4 lbs. So she's lost almost an entire pound in less than a month! Yikes!

I don't know why goats milk would be something to start at one year like cows milk. My oldest had lactose intolerance so I had to put her on goats milk but converted her to soy at about one year. Would you be able to find out what the reason is to not start her on goats milk?

I'd try mixing the baby food with some baby cereal to give it more substance and it'll add some extra calories. My baby can eat three jars of the number 2's or two jars of the number 3's... all mixed with the mixed cereal in one sitting.

I'm thinking I'll have to start my baby on formula or something... she's sooooo not gaining weight. :cry:

jjaelovesenglish 06-23-2006 03:27 AM

Re: Dr appointment, low weight
 
If it is fats in your milk that is the problem, I sure wouldn't try goats milk or organic milk. I would still stay with formula to suplement. She may not want it all. She might also just be a petite little thing.
My DD was born 10-12, and she is actually always been quite large. I took her to see the doc last week and she was 19.12 lbs and 27 3/4 inches. 95% for height, but slimming down to about 85% in wieght.
Do you know where on the scale your DD was at birth or at 2 month check up? If she was like 85 and 65 percent and now 45 and 5 percent, I would be really worried; however, if she is maintaining on that scale, she probably is doing just fine. My doc keeps the scale that he drew for DD at birth and brings it out every visit.

SheilaJoy 06-23-2006 03:34 AM

Re: Dr appointment, low weight
 
Well, so far I haven't supplemented with formula at all, but it makes sense to do that rather than goat's milk I guess. Oh, I remember why it had to be a year, because it's dairy. She said to hold off on dairy as long as possible because of allergies.

She started out weighing 9lb 2oz, 20.5 inches at birth, but was slow to gain. she's been at the 45th percentile for height, but she was much higher in weight, something like 80th percentile at 4 months. So, ratio wise, her weight has dropped significantly. But she's also going through a growth spurt now I think, she all of a sudden outgrew all her 3-6 month clothes and can only wear 6-9.

geckoed 06-23-2006 03:59 AM

Re: Dr appointment, low weight
 
when my 3rd was falling off the bottom of the charts they said LESS solid foods, MORE nursing because solids are harder to digest and grow from. That for a full year solids are an educational experience and a SUPPLEMENT to the REAL food- breastmilk or formula.
My first 2 kids were high-end babies (above the 95% for one and 75% for the other) my 3rd is just a peanut. He was 30 months old before he hit 22lbs... so for thirty months he used the infant seat (at 3.5 he's STILL rear-facing). He nursed exclusively for 9 months and then slowly added solids.
My 4th nursed exclusively for 11 months and didn't eat solids every day until sixteen months and he is SO chubby.
EVERY baby is different. EVERY baby. I am the same mom, with the same milk, and the same habits. My kids are growing the way their bodies want them to. (yes they ran a couple tests on the 3rd little guy, and no there is nothing wrong with him). We were told by a specialist that she can look at a baby's growth chart and see when solids were intoduced because weight gain stalls. Listen to your gut, but my advice is to try to nurse her more often and to go longer on each breast to give her more high calorie hindmilk.
:hugs:

my other advice- look at the BABY not the graph. Is she developing? happy? children who "need to eat more" are almost always tired, cranky kids their bodies are hungry and they slow down in ALL areas not just growth. So if her only "lag" is growth then chances are shes just following her own personal growth chart and not your Drs.


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