We just started Eliot on solids (bananas) today.
Forgive if we've already discussed this with you, but your doc isn't just concerned re: the percentila amount? I assume that there has been an actual issue with true weight gain? Percentiles JUST mean there are kids bigger or smaller than your child and do not have anything to do with being healthy. Is the doc even using a BF growth chart or is he comparing your BF baby against FF babies?
If baby is in a lower percentile (or even drops percentile) but the diaper output and overall weight gain are okay there is no reason to be concerned: http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/growth/growthcharts.html
Like adults, there will be great variation in size between one baby to another. Being small isn't 'bad' if baby is having good diaper output, growth, and meeting milestones.
Also, are you aware that most women only get between .5-2 ounes when pumping (total for BOTH breasts combined)? Getting 3 ounces is
Before you worry to much about replacing his formula supplement with solid foods, you should make sure the formula supplement was really necessary in the first place. One the the problems for many doctors in accessing proper growth in older infants is that many are not aware that older BF babies tend to grow at different rates then formula-fed babies, with BF babies tending to be slower in weight gain in the 6 to 12 month age range. So it's possible that your doctors is wrongly expecting your BF babies to grow like a FF baby and thus is unnecessarily concerned. One of the reasons for this misconception is that many doctors are relying on CDC growth which wrongly combine BF and FF babies on the same chart giving misleading results for BF babies. The World Health Organization (WHO) took steps to correct this and published within the last several updated charts that separate BF and FF babies onto separate charts.
You can view the updated WHO charts at the following link and use them to see if your doctors charting of your baby's growth was accurate at the following link. http://kellymom.com/babyconcerns/growth/growthcharts.html
Now it is important to realize though that growth charts alone cannot be used to determine if you baby is growing properly due to factors such as genetics.
Hi Kara :)
Hi Theresa! THank you so much for taking the time to respond to my post.
Wow! Thank you so much for all that info! I wil certainly bookmark this for future reference!
I think that is an interesting suggestion-- to spread the suppliments.
I guess I could try that. It's just scary because when he takes milk from the breast, I really have no clue how much he is getting.
I see what you're saying.... what I would suggest is avocado - it's full of great nutrients and fats and is one of the best foods we can offer babies/toddlers.
Yes! That is GREAT info! Thank you!!