Originally Posted by foreverinbluejeans
Jenrose had a baby that was 24 pounds at 6 mo, 26 at a year, and 27 at almost 2 years. This is not how a child is supposed to grow. Doctors can step in if a child makes drops on the percentile chart or doesn't gain enough if the child didn't have a medical condition to explain the reason for the lack of weight gain. They would make the parents do things to make the child gain weight, hospitalize the child, or take the child away and put the child in foster care. Jenrose's child would be considered failure to thrive (FTT) because he fell more than 2 major percentile points on the standard growth charts. If you have a baby that is at the 95th percentile doctors expect the baby to stay around the 95th percentile. Doctors and CPS could have taken over care of her child no matter what she thinks about breastfeeding.
Don't be ridiculous. She was growing in height that whole time, she just went from 99th percentile down, and was always eating to hunger, drinking to thirs, developing normally. LOTS of babies taper off dramatically in the second half of the first year, especially if they put on a ton during the first half. And while it took her almost a year to gain a pound... at the end of that year, she suddenly wanted to eat everything in sight, and put on 3 pounds in 3 weeks... and at THAT point her doctor was lecturing me about her being "obese"... but then she sprouted up a couple inches a few weeks after that. I never, ever worried about her weight because she was eating regularly, had access to food and nursing whenever she wanted it, and was developmentally precocious. She knew the alphabet by 23 months, was potty trained, and counting to 10. That's NOT a kid failing to thrive. Anyone could LOOK at her and know she was well hydrated, well nourished and healthy, if anything she ALWAYS looked "wider" than the other kids around her, because she developed such a solid bone and muscle structure in those first couple years. And she had regular doctor visits, and those doctors never ONCE implied she was anything but thriving.
Growth is not always 'linear' and 'on chart'. This same daughter managed to not grow an inch for two years and only put on a pound or two in that time (again, with free access to as much food as she wanted) when she was 9-ish... and then one day when she was 11 she woke up and said "Mom, my feet are farther away. She'd grown an inch overnight, and put on 10 pounds in the next few months, then leveled off again for a while. That's just normal for her. Her growth was absolutely steady for her first 6 months, then slowed, (WHICH IS NORMAL) and then she wobbled her way up to an adult height of 5 foot 4 and 140 pounds, and is just fine that way. (And if you tell me the bmi is wrong there, I'll tell you LOOK at the kid, she's not even overweight, let alone fat.)
I've HAD a failure to thrive baby... my second child had a chromosome disorder that causes metabolic dysfunction, and we worked constantly to make sure she was getting enough until she started growing at a pace that was reasonable for her. We worked with her physician and early intervention and went to eating clinics and I made heroic efforts to feed a baby who was so lousy at sucking that she couldn't even have a bottle. At age six, she still isn't doing the things her sister was at age 2. And still doesn't grow very fast, but has plenty of padding, and while she's not close to the "regular" charts, she's actually 75th percentile both height and weight on the Down Syndrome charts. (She doesn't have Downs, but another chromosome disorder with a similar enough body type.) And even with FTT, we NEVER had CPS involved, nor did anyone ever even once imply we should.