how to help LO gain weight?

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how to help LO gain weight?
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Mon, 05-18-2009 - 12:15am
My LO is 11 months old, and I had her weighed when she turned 11 months. Her weight percentile has decreased. How can I help her gain weight so that her percentile increases by the time she goes in for her 12 month check-up? Should I decrease solids and increase nursing sessions? I don't want the pediatrician telling me when I go in at 12 months to supplement with formula or cow's milk. I'm planning to nurse until age 24 months. Thanks!



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Mon, 05-18-2009 - 12:57am

Babies don't belong on charts. Disregard the percentile. Is she meeting milestones and gaining weight at all? Or even just not losing? If she was sick(this one can actually cause some loss), or is very active that can cause a drop in percentile. If she grew length wise that could do it too(cause the the weight %ile to drop). Any doctor worth his salt won't recommend formula or cow's milk for that.

That said, until the first birthday solids should ALWAYS follow nursing. Immediately. They're desert, not a meal.

She looks great. She's BEAUTIFUL. Good job mama!


ETA: The charts are there for a reason, and can help detect a problem BUT more often then not they get mother's worked up over nothing which is why I tend to get irritated with them. Also, I should be sleeping right now so I hope the above made sense.

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Registered: 04-13-2008
Mon, 05-18-2009 - 5:49am

Is the doctor using the recently released WHO charts, based on data gathered from BF babies all over the world? They show that BF babies, who grow normally, do not gain weight as much in the second six months of life as in the first six months. Babies can be normal on these charts and look to be dropping on older charts.

Teresa

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Registered: 07-12-2007
Mon, 05-18-2009 - 1:10pm

Thanks for your responses. Yes, she's meeting milestones and doing great developmentally. She was small for gestational age, so we had a NICU follow-up appointment. A variety of doctors came to check her, and she's developmentally normal, so that was a relief. She just started crawling about 3-4 weeks ago (2 weeks before her 11 month weight check).

Okay, I had recently been waiting about an hour after nursing to give her solids. I need to nurse her before giving her her solids. Sometimes she won't take to the nursing though. Just not hungry for it. I could limit her solid food intake so that she'll be hungrier for the next nursing. I could also offer her the breast more often than every 3 hours.

I don't know if I'm using the WHO charts. I just Googled to find a baby percentile calculator and was using those. I tried to find a calculator that uses the WHO charts, but I couldn't find it.

Thanks for the reassurance. Given that she was born very small (4 lbs 12 oz), and since then has been normal weight, I am particularly sensitive to her being underweight. She also has an unusually small head circumference (about 5th percentile), so I worry about that too.



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Tue, 05-19-2009 - 1:14am

I can't open the link to the new WHO charts at the moment - I don't know why.

Just remember that percentiles are just that. They do not necessarily mean anything is wrong. There will always have to be 5% of the babies in the bottom 5% for weight, or it wouldn't be the 5th percentile. It is normal for some babies, and some adults to be smaller than others.

However, this article should be useful for you to read. (Look at the baby, not the scale)

http://www.drjaygordon.com/development/bf/scales.asp

I recall my sister's baby causing her doctor great concern at the age of 12 months or so, her dd was about 16 pounds or so. My baby who was only 4 months at the time, born nearly 11 pounds was already bigger than his cousin.

But in the end that was just her growth. My sister is quite small, and her dd is an adult now and even smaller than my sister. She was never going to be a big person. Weight gain is not a competition. I remember one lady who had daughters a similar age to mine, very proud of her big chubby (read fat) babies. I thought mine were chibby enough, but her daughters were much more 'solid'. They are young women now and both what would be termed morbidly obese. Laying down more fat than is normal for a particular person at a young age (or any age) through overfeeding or however it could be achieved is not necessarily a good thing.

Teresa

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Tue, 05-19-2009 - 1:31pm

Hi there-


The PPs have given great info. I watned to show this article that speaks of dropping percentiles...it really means nothing as long as the overall gain is consistent.


I believe the WHO charts (for bf babies) are here too: http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/growth/growthcharts.html


HTH!



 

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Registered: 07-12-2007
Wed, 05-20-2009 - 10:12am

Thank you! The article was helpful, and I checked my LO on the WHO charts, and she's totally fine there. She's in the 25th percentile and consistently has been since she was 3 months. I feel much better. I will also bring these to her 12 month appointment in case the pediatrician is concerned. Thank you!

Michelle



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Registered: 07-01-2006
Thu, 05-21-2009 - 9:38am
Hey, I'm just lurking, but I wanted to tell you that your daughter is absolutely adorable!!

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Fri, 05-22-2009 - 12:26am

Aw, thanks! I really appreciate it.

Okay, worry less! Hard when I'm a FTM and she had issues when she was first born, but now she's doing well. It's all going to be okay!