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Just got back from Thanksgiving dinner at DH's cousin's. She has a 9.5mo DS. For the first six months, she pumped and supplemented, then went to formula alone after. I think they started solids at 4 months, but he's still not eating a lot. He'd only gained 4 ounces at his 9mo appt and has dropped from 50th percentile to 25th for weight.<br><br>
Their ped said in order to help him gain weight they should start giving him cows milk and phase out the formula! They're almost done the last can. The ped also to get rid of the "empty carbs" like pasta and give more fruit. Everyone was too busy to get into it there, but I'd really like some advice about what to give her to help her question the doc's advice. I'm thinking photocopies of the relevant pages Dr. Sears aren't going to do the trick; she and her husband seem completely trusting of their ped.<br><br>
My mind is almost completely blown at this. I was too flabbergasted to even ask if they were told to give vitamin supplements when they stopped the formula.
 

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I would say to give her a copy of Sears "Baby Book". That way, its from a respected doctor and its not info you are just telling her second hand.
 

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Here's a link from an article online, look under "Recommendations":<br><br><a href="http://www.drgreene.org/body.cfm?id=49&action=Display&articlenum=2447" target="_blank">http://www.drgreene.org/body.cfm?id=...rticlenum=2447</a><br><br>
(This is just the first one that came up in a quick search...)<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;">The AAP recommends that infants be fed formula or breast milk for a minimum of 12 months.<br><br>
Cow´s milk alone is not an appropriate diet for infants because the baby´s kidneys may not work as efficiently as an adult´s. Cow´s milk also has too much protein (and in particular, too much casein, a type of protein). The minerals are not easily absorbed, and there is an increased risk for sensitization to milk proteins.</td>
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If you look for the AAP guidelines that might have more about it, and may make more of an impact than just one doctor's word against anothers. (I'd look it up for you now but it seems naptime may be over... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">)
 

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Thanks for the input. I screwed up my courage and emailed her a few links on Sunday. She's unpredictable and I honestly don't know whether she'll thank me for caring or not talk to me for months. So far I haven't heard back.
 
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