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Good foods for upping my 9 month old's weight

Posted by on Feb. 16, 2014 at 3:18 PM
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So my son had his 9 month check up and the doctor is concerned about his weight. I was really reluctant to listen, I know that breast fed babies are under represented in growth charts and that they don't tend to gain as much weight as formula fed babies, so I started looking on line to show that everything was ok. I went to a couple websites including kellymom and the world health organization recommendations and it shows that my son who was born at 8lbs 6 oz, should be around 21 lbs at this point and he is only 18lbs 7 oz. My doctor wants me to add butter to his food to help fatten him up, but I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions of better foods to use. He generally drinks around 18oz of breast milk at daycare along with about 12 oz of food. At home I breast feed about 3 more times and generally try to give him some of our dinner if appropriate. For example today he had a bannana and oatmeal for breakfast and some refried beans for lunch. Last night he had avacado for dinner. Ok that is probably too much rambling, but just looking for any ideas anyone has. 


Just to let everyone know, I'm not hugely concerned over this, but after doing the research, I see that my doctor is right in that his BMI is low, and his growth is low even by breast fed standards, so I figured I could try to steer his eating towards foods that might help with his weight gain. 

by on Feb. 16, 2014 at 3:18 PM
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aehanrahan
by Group Mod - Amy on Feb. 16, 2014 at 3:32 PM
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I don't know where you got that he should be 21 pounds! His weight is perfect!!! We look for a pound per month from lowest weight and he's 10 pounds above his birth weight at 9 months!
kajira
by Silver Member on Feb. 16, 2014 at 3:35 PM
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Huh??? My daughter was 18 lbs at a year. ^.^

She's only 28 lbs at 3.

kajira
by Silver Member on Feb. 16, 2014 at 3:38 PM
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I look at "baby" more then I do a weight chart - are they growing on their curve consistantly? How do they look? activity level? 



This was my daughter at 18 lbs. She definitely was NOT under weight. LOL

Steph_G.
by Member on Feb. 16, 2014 at 3:42 PM

I took the recommendation of 5-7oz per week for the first 4 months, followed by 4-5 oz per week for 4 to 6 months, and 2-4 oz per week for 6-12 months. I used the middle number just to make the math easier.I have also checked the WHO charts for breastfed babies making sure not to use the CDC charts and it does have my child dropping percentiles like crazy. 

Quoting aehanrahan: I don't know where you got that he should be 21 pounds! His weight is perfect!!! We look for a pound per month from lowest weight and he's 10 pounds above his birth weight at 9 months!


kajira
by Silver Member on Feb. 16, 2014 at 3:43 PM
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You know what, I fibbed, she was 19-20lbs around a year.

I just checked her milestone thing, and she was 18lbs 7oz at her almost 10 month old check up.

But this was her at 18lbs. LOL look at that rolls. I don't know how any doctor when LOOKING at a baby (and not a chart) could say "under weight" unless they had no growth for a while, plus look lethargic, or not reaching mile stones, or have bones showing. I've seen skinny babies, and a regular 18lbs 9 month old definitely usually does not fit that bill.

18lbs at 7-10 months seems pretty average to me.

My daughter was always in the 50% for weight.

Steph_G.
by Member on Feb. 16, 2014 at 3:45 PM

It's not really the weight that I am looking at but the progression of weight.My son has dropped on the growth curve from around 95th percentile to around 20th percentile, and though what percentile your child is doesn't really matter it shows a lack of growth to drop more than 2 percentile lines. Also his BMI is only 16.2 which is considered underweight, so your child's height may be different than mine, which makes her 18lbs ok whereas my child's 18 lbs is concerning.

Quoting kajira:

I look at "baby" more then I do a weight chart - are they growing on their curve consistantly? How do they look? activity level? 



This was my daughter at 18 lbs. She definitely was NOT under weight. LOL


jmaw89
by Bronze Member on Feb. 16, 2014 at 3:48 PM
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Honestly I wouldn't be worried about that weight... I think dd was well over a year before she hit 20#. She's 2yr 8mo and JUST hit 30#. She was 8 even at birth.
kajira
by Silver Member on Feb. 16, 2014 at 3:48 PM

my daughter has always been close to 95% for height. She was 30 inches at 18lbs at 9 1/2 months.

I think, that if your son LOOKS healthy... and doesn't have bones showing, sometimes their growth REALLY slows down for 2-3 months when they get mobile. I wouldn't panic yet, and I certainly would not add "butter" to their diet just to get unhealthy fat on them.

What kind of genes does your family have too? that plays a part. Are you guys tall and skinny? What kind of growth patterns did you have as a child?

I'm just saying, that 18lbs is 50% weight for a 9-10 month old baby. That's using a breastfeeding chart.

Kids also hit growth spurts at different times, I've seen my daughter not gain for 3-4 months then gain 3-4 lbs in 2 months from a huge growth spurt after she hit a year.

Their growth patterns really start to change once they get mobile, all I'm saying is "don't panic" yet.

Unless your child starts *loosing* weight, I wouldn't panic yet.

Quoting Steph_G.:

It's not really the weight that I am looking at but the progression of weight.My son has dropped on the growth curve from around 95th percentile to around 20th percentile, and though what percentile your child is doesn't really matter it shows a lack of growth to drop more than 2 percentile lines. Also his BMI is only 16.2 which is considered underweight, so your child's height may be different than mine, which makes her 18lbs ok whereas my child's 18 lbs is concerning.

Quoting kajira:

I look at "baby" more then I do a weight chart - are they growing on their curve consistantly? How do they look? activity level? 



This was my daughter at 18 lbs. She definitely was NOT under weight. LOL



JadeTigr7
by Crystal on Feb. 16, 2014 at 3:51 PM
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All of my kids are born "larger"  I'm a good grower of babies.

However, my husband is only 6' and like 175-180lbs.  I am 5' and before having kids only 94lbs.

You cannot apply BMI to an infant.  It's not the same as with an adult.  Your child is NOT underweight.  Dropping percentiles is also not necessarily a concern either.

My 11 month old is 15 1/2lbs.  She started out at the 50th percentile.  She's just a small baby.  Look at the baby, not at the charts.  None of my kids were over 20lbs at a year old either, and I had a 9lbs 5oz baby.  She ws 18lbs at a year.  She started out in hieght at over 100% and 97% for weight.  By a year old I think she was somewhere in the 30th percentiles or something for height, and not sure on the weight.  She dropped precentiles like crazy too.

All my kids are perfectly healthy though, just average to small.

Also, any doctor who recommends feeding more butter to a baby to "fatten" them up loses all credibility in my opinion. 

Quoting Steph_G.:

It's not really the weight that I am looking at but the progression of weight.My son has dropped on the growth curve from around 95th percentile to around 20th percentile, and though what percentile your child is doesn't really matter it shows a lack of growth to drop more than 2 percentile lines. Also his BMI is only 16.2 which is considered underweight, so your child's height may be different than mine, which makes her 18lbs ok whereas my child's 18 lbs is concerning.

Quoting kajira:

I look at "baby" more then I do a weight chart - are they growing on their curve consistantly? How do they look? activity level? 



This was my daughter at 18 lbs. She definitely was NOT under weight. LOL




~Crystal~

Homeschooling Mama to James, Jade, Steven, Willow and Katara
Wifey to Michael since 3-30-05

 

aehanrahan
by Group Mod - Amy on Feb. 16, 2014 at 3:53 PM
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It is completely normal for a baby to drop in percentiles after 6 months. That's one of the reasons why we say that percentiles are meaningless in regards to a baby's health. I think it would benefit you to read the article, "Look at the baby, not the scale." You can find it easily in a google search.
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