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Old 07-31-2013, 10:22 AM   #1
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Low(er) weight - mostly breastfed

DS is currently 8 months and 3 weeks and weighs 19.4lbs. (28.5 inches long). Supposedly that puts him in middle range in the chart, but my pediatrician always gives me grief about how small he is.

I exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months and we've been dabbling in solids since. It's still mostly breastmilk for him though, his choice.

I'm dreading the 9 month checkup.

What do u guys think? Is my pedia overreacting or is there cause for concern?

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Old 07-31-2013, 10:30 AM   #2
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Re: Low(er) weight - mostly breastfed

If your baby is healthy, eating regularly, and making plenty of wet diapers he's fine! Different people are different sizes. My son was always on the low end of the charts, long and lean. I just shrugged it off. That's my family's body type. If you think there is cause for concern then maybe there is but don't worry about the pediatrician, he doesn't know your son like you do.
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Old 07-31-2013, 10:37 AM   #3
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Re: Low(er) weight - mostly breastfed

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If your baby is healthy, eating regularly, and making plenty of wet diapers he's fine! Different people are different sizes. My son was always on the low end of the charts, long and lean. I just shrugged it off. That's my family's body type. If you think there is cause for concern then maybe there is but don't worry about the pediatrician, he doesn't know your son like you do.


For the record, your son weighs the same as mine. My son is over 18 months old. Granted my kid does have a gluten issue, but it's not so bad that he was failure to thrive, and even since removing gluten he hasn't put on much weight. Some kids are skinny. Pay attention to how active and alert your kid is, to his diapers, to whether he seems happy and full after eating.

Pediatricians often make issues where there are none.
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Old 07-31-2013, 10:49 AM   #4
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Re: Low(er) weight - mostly breastfed

i could only be so lucky! lol i'm having the opposite problem. my kiddo is somewhere between 17 and 19 pounds at 3 months old.

again with the other posters, diapers, alertness, etc. if all of that is what it should be, don't worry. he's just little!
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I'll be following this...my dd is 6 months old and probably 13 pounds...we will find out on Monday. She is almost exclusively breast fed. She does her formula on occasion and we are getting ready to start food...
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Old 07-31-2013, 11:19 AM   #6
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Re: Low(er) weight - mostly breastfed

I've had kids on both ends of the spectrum, as well as one near the middle. One was 98-99th percentile. The other was at or below 2.5%. The third is around 65-70%. All followed their own growth curves. There was absolutely nothing wrong with their growth. I wouldn't bat an eye at a baby in the middle of the chart. As long as he is growing, meeting milestones and otherwise happy, I'd explain to the doctor that being in the 50th percentile makes him absolutely, perfectly normal. Ask what could possibly be wrong with that?
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:36 PM   #7
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Re: Low(er) weight - mostly breastfed

IDK, that sounds like a great height and weight to me! I would ignore your pediatrician. So what he doesn't eat much solids, imo solids should only be for practice and not a main part of calories/nutrition until 1yr anyway.

I would just keep doing what you are doing!
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Yeah, as long as he grows it doesn't matter that he's small, and he doesn't even sound that small! He's bigger than my ods was at a year. I'm actually surprised the pedi would even make an issue of it.
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Re: Low(er) weight - mostly breastfed

My niece weighed in at 19lbs when she was almost 2 years of age. She is very healthy and active. Just small like her mama. Her daddy is 6' tall. She obviously takes after our side of the family.
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Re: Low(er) weight - mostly breastfed

For you to feel better-look at your baby's demeanor, diapers, and development. If baby appears to be doing well with these, then that is a good case for him getting what he needs. Is the chart calculated for the exclusively breastfed child? Listen for lots of gulps while nursing. Solid foods can be introduced at six months but that doesn't mean a baby starts to consume mostly solids. Baby will very gradually start to add solids and is often mostly breast milk for up to a year. Lastly, always feel supported by your pediatrician. If being able to have an open conversation and supporting you with your parenting decisions isn't happening, maybe you could start asking others about their pediatrician. You might want to start with a breastfeeding group in your area. Moms are always more than happy to share the children's healthcare team that supports breastfeeding decisions. Good luck!
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