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I feel like th e worst mom ever! I BF'd my 9 month old since birth. He doesn't get formula. Won't take a bottle etc. We had his doctors appt. today and I was concerend about his weight. He is 17 pounds and 28 inches long. He has been 17 pounds now for a month or two. So I told his ped. about it. She weighed him and said everything is fine. After she put his weight in the growth chart it said he is in the 5th-10th percentile in weight!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I told her he breastfeeds alot durning the day and twice at night still. He does get a big breakfast of ceral and I mix formula and yogurt or some fruit with his ceral. He also eatsa a big dinner. He won't really eat lunch much. Like today, he only ate a jar of veggies and he didnt want anymore. Sometime he just wants me and not food. So she was telling me to stop breastfeeding him so much durning the day and give him more food. She said to give him soilds first then BF'd. She said after 6 months they need more then just breast milk. so they gave him iron drops and I have to come back every month to weigh him. I feel so bad. I want to keep breastfeeding him, which I will but I just feel like I starved him or something. KWIM? My other 3 kids only BF'd for 3-4 months then went on formula and soilds around 6 months and ate like hogs and never had a weight problem. He doesn't look skinny at all he just looks small for his age I guess. My other kids were huge at 9 months but didn't bf'd this long. I have always heard BF'd kids are smaller so I just figured that is why my 9 month old is small. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> How do women BF'd their kids for 2+ years? I want to do this but seems like I am failing.
 

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I think you should read this info:<br><br><a href="http://kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/index.html" target="_blank">http://kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/index.html</a><br><br><a href="http://www.drjaygordon.com/development/bf/scales.asp" target="_blank">http://www.drjaygordon.com/development/bf/scales.asp</a><br><br>
Your son sounds healthy to me. If he is happy, has wet and poopy dipes, is hitting milestones, etc, I wouldn't worry. If anything, I would decrease solids and increase breastfeeding. He is also the exact same size my dd was at 9 mo. Congrats on bfing successfully! I think you're doing great!
 

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<a href="http://westonaprice.org/children/nourish-baby.html" target="_blank">http://westonaprice.org/children/nourish-baby.html</a><br><br>
is a wonderful artice about what to feed your baby at different stages it gives information about when enzymes for different foods are developed and will have good suggestions for you. i learned alot when someone on mdc lilnked *me* to it.<br><br>
you should know that breastmilk has MUCH higher fat and calorie content than anyof the other foods that you are feeding you beautiful baby. and that he wont develop the enzume amylase to digest grains and starches untill around age 2 when the 2 yr molars come in. don let your dr or anyone else ruin your breastfeeding your son. doctors canbe helpful in many situations but they receive a mere few hours of education on breastfeeding in med school, but tons of pamflets and info from formula and babyfood companies. my previous famliy doctor whom i loved (untill we moved) told me when my dd had constant diarhea that she'd know what to tell me if she was feeding formula but nursing she didnt know. (it was a wheat and dairy allergy she was sensitive through my milk! her stomach didnt totally straiten out untill i read this article and started giving her soft boiled egg.)<br><br>
probably TMI but so many people on this board have regrets about following misguided advise that let to early weaning with their first kids. you are giving your baby the best - at 16 months my dd still has mostly nurse each day.<br><br>
one more thing, if you giuve little balls of chewed up chicken he'll probly love it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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my ds is 10 mo now and is gaining fine, but we did go through a brief period where he stopped gaining. I am a firm believer that babies need more than bm after 6-9 months. I am still breastfeeding but I make sure my ds gets a variety of foods every day as well. He did test low on iron (three different tests) so I give him a whole foods iron supplement along with iron fortified baby cereal in the morning (I buy the jarred kind because he WILL NOT EAT the other kind) After that, he doesnt get anymore baby food for the rewst of the day... just real food. Today he had toast and raw butter and peas for lunch and for dinner he gets whatever we are eating... he loves ground hamburger, will eat any meat thats been chewed a bit, sweet potatoes, spinach, bananas, strawberries, pumkin bread (I put ground pumkin seeds in it for extra iron)
 

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You are not failing! You are doing great!<br><br>
I disagree with your doc. First, breastmilk has more fat than any solid food. Fat = weight gain. I would always nurse before a meal. When you do feed him solids I would stick with the most fatty things - avocados, full fat yogurt, etc. I would cut the cereal, there are better alternatives and cereal can cause a big up/down in blood sugar.<br><br>
It is normal for babies to maintain weight in this time - he is probably becoming more active now and burning more calories. He will gain again.<br><br>
Someone has to be in the lower percentiles, just like some are above. Normal variations. Is this a big change in percentile for him? My son went from 90 something at birth to 50th around 8-9 months and at 12 months he is back hear the 75th. What charts is she using?<br><br>
Was his iron tested? Why does she want you to give drops?
 
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