When my son was born at almost 9 pounds he was in the 50th percentile for weight. At his 2 month check up he weighed 10 lb, 8 oz and was now in the 30th. Today at his 4 month check up he is 12 lb, 9 oz and in the 12th percentile! He is exclusively breastfed and seems content (though he is a terrible sleeper). I asked the doc if I should be concerned that his percentiles dropped so much and she basically said "not yet." But I didn't find that response to be very reassuring. If he was always in the low percentiles I wouldn't be concerned but it seems odd to me that he has dropped in percentiles so rapidly.
Has this happened to anyone else? Was your doc concerned?
As long as he is growing at least a pound and his head is growing there is no reason to worry. It's best to wait until 6 months to start solids but if he hasn't gained a pound at the next visity you could start solids, better than bottles with formula. You can start with sweet potato and add butter or olive oil to add calories or avocado (high in calories). No rice cereal!!!!
If you are giving pacifiers your baby may be meeting sucking needs at the pacifier that should be done at the breast. You could try getting rid of the pacifier. If your baby is sleeping through the night you can wake for a feeding.
http://www.kellymom.com/ is a great breastfeeding website.
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