Elisa - posted on 03/04/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )
I was wondering if anyone has experience with an underweight baby? My instinct is that my son is perfectly fine. He's healthy, intelligent, happy. Before I got pregnant I heard about pediatricians handing out percentiles to kids stats, and I told myself I would never pay attention to them. My son was born 20.5 inches long, 7 lbs 15 oz. Now at a year old the doctor is telling us we really need to work at putting weight on him because 99% of kids his age weigh more than him. She recommended I cut back on breastfeeding as a way of encouraging him to get more calories from food during the day, and to offer him lots of fatty (yet healthy) things like cream cheese, butter, maple syrup, etc. It seems like we are always trying to push food on him now, which is fine, if he doesn't want it he won't eat it. But my issue is more that I do Not feel ready to deny him my breast if he is asking for it. Any advice?