Weight Issue/Doc Concerns

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Weight Issue/Doc Concerns
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Wed, 02-23-2011 - 6:59pm

Hi All

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Registered: 02-16-2008
Wed, 02-23-2011 - 7:19pm

Ruby--Someone else can better analyze the numbers for you, but here's a copy of the WHO growth chart for boys:

http://www.cdc.gov/growthcharts/data/who/GrChrt_Boys_24LW_9210.pdfsig by ChrissySig by Chrissy at SMFB! Lilypie First Birthday tickersby chrissy bottlemommy greenby chrissy waterwtt grad january 2011

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Registered: 11-01-2005
Wed, 02-23-2011 - 7:56pm
Thanks Liz!

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Registered: 01-12-2006
Thu, 02-24-2011 - 2:08pm
Must be quick but it's possible his weight gain has slowed down to the high volume of baby food he's eating (it's not very nutrient dense but takes up a lot of room in the tummy). 3-4 jars / day plus table food seems like a lot for 9 mos. I'm an extended nurser so I don't push early weaning and therefore don't push early solids, but I'm not sure my kids were eating that much at 12 mos (they were both eating about 2 meals a day at that point and some little snacks like cheerios).

When weight gain slows down and baby is eating a lot of solids ... it makes sense to increase nursing and decrease solids for a bit. Make sure baby always nurses BEFORE solids are offered. And when feeding solids be sure to focus on nutrient dense foods, such as avocado and banana.

He's certainly old enough to be eating solids so I'm not suggesting cutting them out. But I'd probably focus more on table foods and letting him self feed. Kids are pretty good at regulating their own intake when we allow them to do so ... and that's just easier with table foods than baby foods.

If you offer table foods, cook the veggies / meats in olive oil if you're sauteing as the olive oil adds good calories and fat. If you're steaming the veggies you can toss them with a little marinade that includes olive oil if you so desire.
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Registered: 05-03-2004
Fri, 02-25-2011 - 12:36pm
Solids have much fewer fats and calories than BM (the exception to that would be avocado): http://kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/babyfoodcalories.html

I have to agree that the amount of solids seems HUGE for a 9 month old. At 9 months we tyipically see a baby having two tastings a day. A third tasting is not usually started until after 12 months.

here are a couple different guidelines on how much solids:
http://kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/solids-how.html#frequency

http://www.mother-2-mother.com/samplemenus.htm

I agree on cutting back a bit on the solids and increasing nursing. Also I would ditch the purees (older babies really do not need them) and let baby self feed. If you are looking for ideas on good solids for self feeding this has some ideas for you: http://kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/finger-foods.html




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Registered: 11-01-2005
Sun, 02-27-2011 - 1:16am
Thank you ladies for the links and information!

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Registered: 06-10-2008
Sun, 02-27-2011 - 9:44pm
I did some of the math on your weights and up to 6 months, gain was HUGE, no concerns at all. It's really only the last few months that are the concerns. It's possible too that one of the earlier weights was off (too high) which is making this gain seem low (or negative). I'd agree with the others about ratcheting back a bit on the solids. If it would be possible to weigh on a better scale, to feel a little better about it, that's great. Do you feel like you have any dip related to AF? Have you started on birth control pills or anything like that? Have you tried breast compressions while nursing just to jam a bit more milk into him? I'm kind of grasping at straws but just trying to think of a few ideas to try.
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Registered: 11-01-2005
Mon, 02-28-2011 - 11:03am
Yes I do feel there is a slight dip and slow letdown related to O and AF...baby seems to struggle/fight with a slow letdown around O and AF. No I am not on any BC and havent been since 2008. I have tried breast compressions as well but not at every feed. Since his appt, I've ratcheted way back on solids and have just nursed with maybe one-two solids a day. I want to night wean him but not sure if I should or not. If it matters at all, I would like to wean him by 18 months.

I guess I didnt think his amount of solids was that big considering he still nurses 6 times a day and always one hour before I give him any food. By the way, if I give him finger food, I dont give him a puree on top of that. When giving finger food, its more to experiment and see if he's going to pick it up or not and sometimes he does really well. He doesnt have his pincer grasp yet.

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Registered: 02-26-2004
Mon, 02-28-2011 - 12:53pm

As the mom to three scrawny BF babies, my advice is to try not to worry too much as long as he seems healthy and happy.

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Registered: 06-10-2008
Mon, 02-28-2011 - 1:33pm
You may want to hold off a bit on night weaning until the weight issue is behind you. For right now, we probably want to focus on getting as many feedings in as we can.

Many moms have found a great help with using calcium/magnesium supplements to combat the dip in supply associated with AF: http://www.motherandchildhealth.com/Breastfeeding/Becky/menstruation.html (scroll down to bottom paragraph). Have you ever considered using some fenugreek for a little boost as well? http://www.kellymom.com/herbal/milksupply/fenugreek.html
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Registered: 11-01-2005
Mon, 02-28-2011 - 2:07pm

Thanks Amy for sharing your experience. For the most part Im not very worried, because he is happy and healthy just more annoyed at everybody else who comments on how small he is and not getting a clear answer from the doc.

Dana,

Yes I have Fenugreek in the house, I bought it just in case I needed it after my trip and I have started taking it this morning. Thanks for the links!

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