Peter's weight check

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Peter's weight check
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Thu, 10-28-2010 - 11:03am

I went into my 10-1/2-month-old's appointment armed with CDC documents about the WHO charts that are now recommended for use with breastfed babies.

I had the following conversation once he was seen by the doctor (not exact wording, but trying to be consistent):

The doctor said that he had gained a pound but was still on the low side (1% for weight, 66% for height).

I said, "But that's with the old charts, right?" She looked confused.

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Registered: 12-09-2008
Mon, 11-01-2010 - 3:00pm

Okay, I was able to call the doctor's office and someone gave me most of his weights--they don't do the convenient printouts of each visit anymore.

First 3 weeks (until he got back to his birth weight):

Dec. 11 ~

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Mon, 11-01-2010 - 3:43pm

I'm looking at your LO's weight gain - initially it looks like he was slow to get back to his birth weigh, but once he got the hang of nursing, he took off, then started to sette into his own growth pattern. it looks like he's steadily approximately gaining btwn 1-2lbs on average, even with movement and height growth.

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Mon, 11-01-2010 - 9:23pm

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Tue, 11-02-2010 - 2:55pm

Just wanted to give you one more idea. My kids can't have dairy so they drink a mixture of rice milk and hemp milk. Hemp milk is very nutritious and has double the fat/calories of soy and rice milks. Not sure how it compares to almond milk because we can't drink that either.

Anyhow, you can also buy shelled hemp seeds (they are as small as wheat germ and flax seed). I buy them at Whole Foods. They are 10 grams of fat per 2 tablespoons and over 50% of the calories come from fat, which is the highest fat/calorie content I'm aware of for things like this you can sprinkle into their foods. Hemp seeds are full of omega 3/6/9's and are very nutritious so it is a great way to add fat/calories to foods like applesauce and oatmeal that are good for them but not high in fat/calorie content.

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Registered: 11-06-2006
Wed, 11-03-2010 - 3:18pm

NAK

Jessi,

I just wanted to let you know that I converted all these measurments to metric and plotted them on the WHO charts.

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Registered: 06-10-2008
Wed, 11-03-2010 - 3:19pm
Erica, thank you so much for your hard work on this. This sets my mind at ease and I'm sure it will set Jessi's at ease as well.
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Wed, 11-03-2010 - 6:48pm
No problem, Dana. I know a lot of docs over-react to what is probably a normal breastfed baby's growth, but I just don't want to miss the "zebra in a herd of horses" that shows up here with a baby that really does have a problem!
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Registered: 12-09-2008
Thu, 11-04-2010 - 5:47am
Thank you very much! He definitely is tall and skinny, which is why I actually have been a little worried, because he looks so thin; but with his activity level and motor development, I thought it was unlikely. I knew already that the doctor was wrong about a diet of mostly breastmilk being insufficient and that if he was underweight, he should be getting as much breastmilk as possible, but the skinniness did have me worried, so I'm glad to know he's so high on the WHO growth charts. I know the height measurements have ended up weird, but no one's been concerned about those.
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