Dana - posted on 03/05/2010 ( 28 moms have responded )
Yesterday we took our 7-month-old son to his pediatrician. According to our pediatrician my son is not gaining enough weight. According to his growth chart my son jumped from the 25% line to the 5 % line. But I have been charting at home because my son was tiny when born and I want to make sure he is growing fine. According to my chart he has pretty much stayed on the 10% line. My question is why on earth even though we are using the same numbers are both our charts different. Should I be concerned about my son’s growth?
The pediatrician told me to give my son butter and real cream to fatten him up, I am allergic to dairy and the few times I had dairy, my son reacted with a rash all over his torso. I have also studied nutrition and I know that dairy is really not all that good for humans especially infants and children. I did not want to mention the dairy allergy, as I know this doctor does not believe in dairy allergies even though it’s the most common food allergy and least diagnosed food allergy.
I also know that an infant can sustain off of only breast milk for the first 9 months of life, so I have introduced food but not made it a priority as I know my breast milk is enough. So I am now concerned my son is not getting enough breast milk.
We started a partial night wean as he was keeping me up all night feeding constantly. We started to space it out to every 3 hours, now I am concerned that this is what the problem is if there is a problem.
I am so confused and feel like a total failure as a mother and as someone who should know better. Is there even a problem, my son gains 1-2 lbs a month I was thought that this was normal, I am so confused. Help!