The charts were becoming an issue for us. My DD was always small, both sides of her family consist of petite people. That being said, I've read a lot about weight, how much is normal, amount of excretion to look out for, everything you can imagine on the issue. I find that the only thing the 'professionals' care about is their beloved charts. I've got a friend with a small baby. Her gains were slow and steady just as my DD's and she just recently shot up like a weed. So much for 'following the curve' or 'setting her own curve.' Not every baby is a 'curve' baby. Funny how when I was a child there wasn't any such thing as growth charts and everyone I ever knew of obviously thrived.
Anyway, aside from one odd month, my baby has gained just above the lower limit of what's considered 'normal' in EBF babies. That odd month, she gained almost double the lower limit. Growth spurt, I'm guessing. Well, she fell off the formula feeding chart, obviously. All the 'professionals' I go to refuse to look at the EBF chart where she's pretty steadily been in the 10th-25th percentile without the plateau seen on the formula feeding chart. I don't agree with using charts at all, honestly, but since they insist on it, I have to deal with it. At least the only truly relevant chart shows nothing alarming, but they completely ignore it.
In the end, I've had to deal with numerous people trying to force rice cereal on us. This will happen over my dead body. Excuse me for being melodramatic, but rice? Where's the nutritional value? I see rice as nothing but filler. If my baby isn't thriving, it isn't because she's not getting enough meaningless calories.
Well, to make a long story short, I started taking 3 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil everyday. The fat content is almost identical to breast milk, so it's a good complement to it. Perhaps I was being overzealous with the amount because my girl is getting chubby and her weight gain has shot up to the upper limit now. I hate that it has come to this, but apparently only being fat is healthy. Yet they whine when older children are overweight. They need to make up their minds.
I'm playing with the amount of coconut oil we use now to try to find a good balance. I think nutritionally it was a great choice, but I don't want my baby to end up fat just to please the 'authorities.'