My daughter's pediatrician asked me to wean her because of her low weight. The doctor is concerned about her weight because she has dropped off her curve and has always been below the 3rd percentile. We will be going in for a weight check again to let her regain any weight she lost with a bout of flu at Thanksgiving. If she hasn't gained enough we will start testing for failure to thrive.
We decided to try giving her Pediasure and to stop nursing to see if we can get her appetite up enough to gain some weight. (she will not drink the Pediasure)
She seems healthy in every other conceivable way... She has hit almost every major development milestone through the 3 year lists and the doctor says she is speaking at a 4 year old level. I just don't understand how she isn't "thriving."
Although the doctor has been very kind and generous with her time, I don't agree with the assessment that bf is equivalent to filling up on juice.
I feel like everyone, the doctor, my husband, my mother, my mother in law, my dad... everyone I know has been dropping negative remarks about nursing for months now. I don't have any supporters of bf to talk to.
We are supposed to start weaning tomorrow as my husband is on Christmas break and can help out. I am feeling depressed, confused and generally heartbroken about taking bf away from Lilly. She just loves it so much. And I love being able to snuggle all her stress away. She just melts.
Any advice? Or just understanding?