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Old 02-22-2012, 09:25 AM   #1
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So i took DS to his well check up appt yesterday, he is almost 10 months old and is almost 16 pounds and 26 inches long. He is very well proportioned and is very active. He nurses every 3 hours or so and has started eating solids twice a day. The Dr wants me to put him on 18-24 ounces of formula a day to "fatten him up" He says he has been growing fine and is steady and proportioned but he wants him to be heavier than he is.

Developmentally he is doing everything he should be at his age: crawls fully, pulls up to standing, will walk along objects holding on, balances on his feet attempting to walk, feeds himself with hands, can do a few sign language signals, says mama/dada/ baba, interacts with his siblings etc etc

I asked the Dr if he remembered my last son (who is now 29 months old) was just as small and when he hit 12 months he "beefed up" and he said yes he did BUT the only reason he didn't get on my case about him was he was only formula fed!!!

Soo what would you do if the only reason the dr wants to put him on formula was to make him gain more weight? Please weigh in mama's for me Thanks!!

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Old 02-22-2012, 09:39 AM   #2
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I would get a new doctor! (But that's just me). My son is a little older than yours (he will be 1 in 2.5 weeks and he weighs 16.2 lbs. He is also breastfed and eats LOTS of solid food! He was 6.11 at birth and has always been in the 5th percentile - the nurse at our health unit in town said that is just fine as long as it stays consistent. He is also hitting all his milestones right on time. I am not sure what the obsession is with "fattening" up babies. Fat doesn't equal healthy and all babies grow at their own rate. I am flabbergasted that your doctor doesn't realize that if your older child didn't gain more weight on formula, why would this one? My mom was also told by her Dr to stop breastfeeding me and instead give formula and guess what? I didn't gain any faster! That was 25 years ago, I am surprised a Dr today would be so ignorant. Anyway, I hope this gives you some peace of mind and remember, YOU are the Mom and know best, always. And breast is definitely best!
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:42 AM   #3
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I would get a new doctor! (But that's just me). My son is a little older than yours (he will be 1 in 2.5 weeks and he weighs 16.2 lbs. He is also breastfed and eats LOTS of solid food! He was 6.11 at birth and has always been in the 5th percentile - the nurse at our health unit in town said that is just fine as long as it stays consistent. He is also hitting all his milestones right on time. I am not sure what the obsession is with "fattening" up babies. Fat doesn't equal healthy and all babies grow at their own rate. I am flabbergasted that your doctor doesn't realize that if your older child didn't gain more weight on formula, why would this one? My mom was also told by her Dr to stop breastfeeding me and instead give formula and guess what? I didn't gain any faster! That was 25 years ago, I am surprised a Dr today would be so ignorant. Anyway, I hope this gives you some peace of mind and remember, YOU are the Mom and know best, always. And breast is definitely best!
Thanks so much mama for that peace of mind! He is my 5th child too AND he has been the dr of all of them I appreciate the encouragement to trust my instincts
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I agree trust your instincts. So what if he's a little light? My kids are lightweights, my oldest is the 85% for height but only the 30% for weight, but she eats like a flipping horse...putting nearly a lb of veggies and 1/2 lb a fruit down on any given day. My second daughter is a lightweight too but looks beefier because he body structure isn't as petite, they only ever say anything about the daughter who APPEARS to be light, never about the one who doesn't drives me batty. If he is hitting milestones, has energy, etc. there is not reason to force more calories onto him, kids eat when they are hungry and stop when they are full naturally, screwing with that process is just asking for trouble later on down the road imo.
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:59 AM   #5
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Your son sounds perfectly fine. There is absolutely no need to give formula. If you are concerned just give nutrient rich fattier/higher calorie foods.
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i would also get a new dr. breast is best, and unless you are having a supply problem and your son isnt losing weight, there is no need for formula.
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I agree... no formula!! Mommy's milk is the best. My daughter is small too. As long as he is hitting his milestones, he is just fine. I would probably find a new doctor if it were me, but I understand it's different if he's been the doc to all your kids.
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Ive known this to happen to another momma of (nursing twins) and I think in fact this may be something to think about.. maybe baby needs more? Does this mean you need to suppliment? Maybe. But can you try increasing your supply? Start pumping or increase feedings?
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Old 02-22-2012, 04:39 PM   #10
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I would get a different Dr. My dd is 16 months and weighs only 17lbs 6 oz. She is not even on the growth chart and my dr. says she is just on her own growth curve. If they continue to grow steadily, what is the problem? Some Dr.s are a little crazy.
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