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The <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/family/03/12/par.so.big/index.html" target="_blank">article</a> itself isn't all *that* scintillating, but I thought this was interesting:<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Until 2002, the growth chart -- the tool doctors use to make sure kids are growing normally -- was based exclusively on norms for bottle-fed Caucasian children. Since breastfed babies tend to be smaller, as do Hispanic and Asian-American babies, the chart now includes averages for all ethnic groups, as well as for breastfed infants.</td>
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I think our ped is still using the old chart, but it's nice to know that bottle-fed white kids aren't the norm everywhere. Perhaps there will be fewer panicked new breastfeeding moms whose babies are "gaining too slowly."
 

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Good news, to be sure.<br>
But I personally haven't been a big fan of 'the chart' (I was one of those BFing moms whose doctor told her that the babes were gaining too slowly...and even now they're older they are 'too light'.
 

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Yep. I had one doc tell me DS was overweight and then he stopped mid sentence... looked at DS across the room and scratched his head. Looked at the chart again, shrugged and said, "well, he looks just fine, but the charts say he is overweight so you might want to .... " I cut him off there. Give me a break, use your noggin!!!!<br><br>
I do agree that some change in charts is great, though. Esp. for the op's point of helping to worry new bf'ing moms less.<br><br>
ETA: Is the breastfed chart also seperated by ethnic background? Cause it wouldn't make any sense after saying that diff. ethnicities gain weight differently to just lump all bf babes together.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">ETA: Is the breastfed chart also seperated by ethnic background? Cause it wouldn't make any sense after saying that diff. ethnicities gain weight differently to just lump all bf babes together.</div>
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I think they are proportional the the US *at the time*. So if the US was 60% white at the time, 60% of the children in the stats would be white. Making them pretty useless. I'd love to be corrected on this though!
 

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I would ask them to stop depending on a chart and look at the patient on front of them.I am mixed race and each of my children grow at very different rates s trying to put them in a category according to ethnicity is weak.If they are a good Dr they will see that there is a difference in growth from this appt and last appt's and go from there.
 

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My ped used a chart, one she made herself. She would weigh and measure the baby, then plot it on an empty graph. After each visit she would weigh, measure and plot. As long as the baby was growing (an upward curve), she was ok. Of course, she also <i>looked at the baby.</i> Speaking of which, I gotta find her again to make an appt for baby #2. She was an uber bfing supporter (even pumped in her office on breaks for her baby) and you'd be hard pressed to find anything formula related in her office, she even had her own rx pads printed, no advertising anything.
 

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I think this is great news, especially for breastfeeding mothers who too often have to fight the charts because their babies aren't "big enough", so their doctors tell them to supplement with formula. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 
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