sara had a 24 week checkup/immunization appt yesterday. And we found out that in the last month she has only gained 7 ounces. The 6 weeks before that only 9 ounces. So she's gone from her birth weight percentile of 75% to now at 5.5 months 20%. SO she's on a steady decline. I was worried that he was going to say stop bfing.
I'm feeling very attached to bfing... especially since I went back to work, which is exactly the opposite of what I thought would happen. I pump at work and she nurses in the evening and through the night. Well, my doc said. She might just be a slow gainer. Don't worry about it now, but bring her in for a weight check in a month. As long as she's not losing weight and she's healthy, we're good. And he said, if I was willing to keep bfing past 6 months, to keep doing it. Because it is the best thing for her! I was so surprised. I've read so many of your experiences about your peds saying formula is the answer to weight problems.
He also suggested that she start having 2 solid meals a day (not as bf replacement, but as supplement, if she wants it). FYI she's major constipated even with oatmeal instead of rice cereal. So he suggested Earth's Best Barley cereal.
AND I told him I was worried about not pumping enough/her not eating enough while I am at work (I pump between 10-12 oz and she eats on average 12-14 oz). He said as long as I nurse her at least 3-4 times when i'm not at work that's great.
It's just nice to have a Dr. that is so pro-bfing. I also have a friend who does formula, btw, and he is very supportive of that too