Our little guy--now almost 8 months old--was born near the WHO growth chart's 85th percentile and stayed there for the first 6 months. (DH is 6.5' tall.) When we went for a well-baby checkup a few weeks ago, DS was close to the 50th. Our schedule has been different lately, so I chalked it up to less frequent nursings, and tried to nurse more often since then. He also has been sick with two colds, has 'sprouted' his first 4 teeth, and may have even had the flu during the time from age 6 months-8 months. When we returned to the pediatrician last Saturday to be sure that his 'goopy' eyes were simply a cold symptom and not pinkeye, he had actually lost a few ounces in the time that he should have gained. (Yes, it was just the cold, not pinkeye.)
On the earlier visit, his pediatrician encouraged us to feed him some solids "to help with language development and textures," which seemed a veiled attempt at covering her concern over his growth curve drop off. We are hesitant to introduce much in the way of solids at this age, though, since he is adversely affected by a long list of foods if I eat them: wheat, soy, corn, oats, dairy, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, goat's milk, sheep's milk. His reaction is usually spitting up, frequently with a vomit-like smell--not just old milk smell, about 4-8 hours after I eat the offending item. Let's just say, I enjoy a lot of rice right now! (Rice milk, rice cakes, rice bread, rice cheese...)
In the past week, we've given him some smashed cooked carrot, a little avocado, the lick of my finger dipped in baby food green beans, and a raw carrot to ease his gums and introduce the flavor. Today, I found carrot remnants in his dirty diaper, which makes me think we're right in not feeding him many solids, since it didn't appear to digest at all anyway.
Since Saturday, I've been even more conscious about feeding him/offering milk often, but our scale shows a loss of 1-1.5 ounces since Tuesday! Argh. Today, DH and I are watching the clock closely, and I'm offering to nurse DS just 20 minutes after the last session finished each time. He often goes for a little snack, and I can tell he's getting let-down pretty regularly, but I'm wondering what thoughts you other milky mothers have--any suggestions on getting him to gain weight without rice cereal and avocados?
I can't wait to hear your ideas (or your own stories of EBF babies vs. solids, for that matter!) Thanks in advance for taking the time to read and write back! And I'm not only interested in opinions of 'no solids.' If you think we should start them, please tell me what items and why