Julie - posted on 09/11/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )
Hey ladies---I'm looking for some reassurance/similar experiences here...
My 15-week-old (just over 3 months) just was weighed this week and apparently he is "underweight." This appointment was with WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and they are a little concerned about a slow weight gain.
Andrew was born a month early as a result of medically-necessary induction. He was not ready and had some difficulties at first, therefore necessitating staying in the NICU for 2 weeks. It was a difficult time.
When he was born he weighed 6 lbs 10 oz, and from the beginning he had an NG tube, feeding him high-calorie (for preemies) formula and any milk/colostrum I could pump (my milk took over a week to come in, and even then it trickled...pumping every 2-4 hours). When he was discharged he was weighed again at his Pediatrician's office, showing him to be in the 20th percentile for weight.
The next time he was weighed, about a month later, he had dropped to the 10th. The dr. felt at the time that perhaps his post-hospital weight was not an accurate measure of his weight gain, as the formula he had for 2 weeks "inflated" his weight gain in a way that breastmilk would not. So, at the time, he said "let's just wait until he's 4 months" and then we would see if he maintained the 10th percentile growth pattern.
Now, at 3.5 months, he is apparently below 10th, but I am confused/a little upset: he was a month early--doesn't that factor in at all? Aren't EBF babies measured on a different chart than formula-fed?
Sorry for the long post--I just want some reassurance or to see if anyone else is out there with a similar story.
Oh--for the record, he has many wet diapers all day, he's happy, he's meeting milestones just fine, he is very long, and other than appearing slim, he's very vigorous and active and curious.