Anne - posted on 04/27/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )
My baby was only 5lbs 13oz when she was born (she was early) and since then she has steadily gained weight but she is still petite compared to her peers. Whenever I have gone to the doctors or clinic I get told she is small but they aren't concerned because she is following the percentile curve (10th to 15th). Or she gets told 'you have to eat and fatten up'. I've got used to the idea that she is well below average weight but today I found a chart from the WHO that is for exclusively breastfed babies (which my daughter is) and on this chart she appears to be exactly on the 50th percentile mark. That is exactly average! Have I made a mistake? Is there really this huge bias? I knew there was a difference but I find it hard to believe that she is nearly off the chart underweight on one version and perfectly middle of the road on another. If anyone knows if I've made an error please let me know - she is 13months old and 20lbs and 2oz.