Dropped To 10th Percentile In Weight At 6 Months

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jessfromTX - October 18

My daughter is EBF and just turned 6 months old. At her 4 month check-up she weighed 13 lbs. 4 oz (45%.) I started her on rice and then oatmeal cereal just a week prior to turning 6 months. Yesterday was her 6-month check-up and she only gained 5 oz. from 4 months. So, she's now 13 lbs. 9 oz. (10%.) When I saw the number on the scale my jaw dropped. The Dr. said it could just be due to increased activity lately, high metabolism, etc. But she wants her back in 1.5 months for weight check. Obviously we are now moving full speed ahead with introducing solids, but I'm still a bit concerned. I should mention my whole side of the family is fairly thin. My husband doesn't seem to worried about it. I guess I can't help but be concerned since I'm her primary food source. Anyone else have a similar shift downward at 6 months??? I'd love and and all thoughts.

 

DB - October 18

Hmmm...my dd has been a slow gainer since she was 2 months old. She's stayed in the 25% ever since then. But, since starting solids she has filled out a bit. She's 8.5 months now. I wouldn't worry so much (easier said than done, I know). Maybe you'll have to supplement her after nursing? Does she seem hungry? I think the solids will help, but remember, most solids (fruits and veggies) have less calories per oz than bm or formula. So it's important to make sure she doesn't decrease her bm intake (hard to tell when nursing)...Good luck!

 

DB - October 18

That sounds funny...I guess what I was trying to say was, sometimes my dd would eat solids and not want any milk. It's better now, but I'd offer a b___st before solids, and mix her cereal with bm or formula instead of water (incase you arent' already) :)

 

jessfromTX - October 18

DB - Yes, I've been offering solids in between nursings... so she's had her BM first. Also, I do mix BM with her cereal rather than water. I know she needs the solids, and she seems hungry for them when I offer, but hope the nursings don't sacrifice since they do provide more calories like you said. I know that say it's just a number, but as her Mom it's hard not to be worried about it. I should mention that she looks and acts completely healthy otherwise!

 

sahmof3 - October 19

I had a smiliar problem with my oldest gaining weight (he's 7 years old and we still do). He was born at 9 lbs. 5 oz.... which put him in the 90 some%, but he fell through the charts and was in the 20 some% by 12 months. Do mention your family's thinness... my dh's relatives are just flat out skinny and he takes after them. He was EBF for 4 months, then we introduced solids. He was (is!!) a picky eater and doesn't like to eat a lot, so it was hard to get him to gain weight, but he is active and healthy, so the ped never got too concerned (just kept an eye on it).

 

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