My bf 9 month old needs to gain weight

Heather - posted on 03/06/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My 9 month old had his well baby check-up today. Our pediatrician said that he needs to gain weight. He weighed 18 lbs 13 oz a few weeks ago and now weighs 18 lbs 2 oz. She even mentioned that this is just like my older daughter, who also plateaued at this age. He was 8 lbs 1 oz at birth (she was 6 lbs 10 oz at birth-she was only 15 lbs at a year and at 6 1/2 is still only 32 pounds). She was bf and so is he. Our pedatrician is very supportive of breastfeeding (thank goodness!) but I am afraid he is not getting enough from me? He also gets up every hour (beginning around 11 until he is up around 6 or 7) at night! Doesn't matter when we put him down. We have tried a consistent bed time at 7, 7:30, 8 and even 9. We try each time for a few nights to a week. No matter what time he goes down, he still wakes up starting around 11. She said he does not "need" to nurse at night-that often anyway-and that he probably uses me for comfort. Part of me feels that way, yes...but the other part of me feels like maybe he gets up because he is hungry. If I pump, I am getting about 2-4 oz. a session. I have reviewed the bf growth chart and understand that it is a tad different than for formula fed babies. Should I let him fuss a bit instead of going right to feeding? I have had this concern for a few weeks now, and the appt today kind of comfirmed it...is he getting enough??

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Miriam - posted on 03/06/2012

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Heather, its up to you how you feel about CIO. I have 13 month old twins that still get up about 3 times each.. they were born premature at 35 weeks, healthy as can be but one was 5lbs and one was 6, now at 13 months they are 24 and 25, so they are still very healthy and gaining weight well, but I dont believe in CIO,never did it with my first son. The point Im trying to make is usually it doesnt go away till theyre ready but I think its worth not making them cry. If your son needs to gain weight he's probably hungry. Have you thought about maybe supplementing a bit with formula?

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