16months old not gained ANY weight for 3 months

Amelie - posted on 04/17/2012 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I had my little ones review yesterday. Since her last weigh when she was 13 months old she hasn't put on any weight. Infact she is a few grams lighter. Currently, her height on the 25th centile, her weight is just below the 50th centile at 9.480kg (she was 9.540kg at 13 months and at the 75th centile).

She looks absolutley fine to me. I was very surprised to see that she hasn't gained. I breastfeed her as her main source of liquid/milk. I offer her water and full fat cows milk which she drinks about 100ml of a day.
She nurses a lot at night. An average day is:

1) Pre breakfast nurse when she wakes up around 7am
* breakfast meal/grazing *

2) Mid morning nurse (for morning nap)around 11am
* 1pm lunch *
* 3:30 snack

3) Mid afternoon nurse usually around 4pm
* dinner at 6pm

4) Bed time feed

Usually she wakes up to nurse anything from once to three times a night.

The healthvisitor advised to cut out the mid morning/afternoon ones and then the prebreakfast one.
I figured that if I offer food and drinks she'll have it when she wants to. She was born at a weight below the 50th centile so could she be simply returning to that level. She is very active but is not walking yet (daddy walked later too).

I love nursing her and I was hoping to allow her to wean herself as she grows. I'm not personally in a rush to stop breastfeeding but if it's detrimental to her health and stopping her growing then ofcourse I'll stop or drop feeds.

Anyone got any advice or view on this? Could nursng a toddler on demand stop them gaining weight like this? Anyone had a similar issue?

Thanks!

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Celeste - posted on 04/17/2012

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I wouldn't listen to the health visitor. It's pretty common for toddlers' weight to be stagnate for awhile. Is she meeting milestones? Is she overall happy and active? My twin boys didn't gain any weight for a little bit. Their pro breastfeeding pediatrician wasn't worried because they were overall healthy and had good muscle tone.



I would actually continue to nurse! Here's a good article called "Look at the baby, not the scale"

http://drjaygordon.com/pediatricks/newbo...

Jean - posted on 04/19/2012

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I only glanced and everyone else's replies, but it looks like you've already gotten great advice. My daughter did the same thing at 1 years old. My daughter was a little too small though so I was concerned. I met with an endocrinologist who explained that her weight was not the important of a factor. He said that at that age, her height (not her weight) is a better gauge of how healthy she is physically. He said that if she were starving herself she wouldn't get taller. Her body would be spending it's energy keeping it running and her height would be stagnant.

All in all, breastfeeding is the best thing you can do for your little one. Keep up the good work!

Natasha - posted on 04/19/2012

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Don't stop breastfeeding! My son stayed at the same weight from 18 months to almost 2 1/2 years! Toddlers are very active and don't always like to eat a lot. Totally normal! If she's still acting fine and meeting her 'milestones' then there is no reason for concern. And good for you for nursing this long and letting baby wean when they're ready :-)

Heather - posted on 04/19/2012

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Don't stop breastfeeding. Breastfed children are small. My 2 1/2 year old daughter was nursed only till she was 8 months old before she started eating solids. She is still tiny, only 24 pds. Your daughter is fine. Keep nursing her, maybe pick up with the food more... Try giving her cheese, meat, pasta, things that will keep her fuller, longer. Maybe cut her afternoon nap down so she is only taking one nap a day around 12noon so that she is only nursing one time before a nap? That might help. Try cutting back on the cow's milk also. I don't know what 100ml is, but at your daughter's age, mine was only drinking about 9 to 18oz. a day, if that. They don't need a lot of milk if they are still nursing. Maybe try some water instead, or a juice/water mix.



She will grow when her little body is ready to grow, until then, keep up the good work!

Inga (Uttara) - posted on 04/19/2012

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My son was 37 lb last September (he was 16 mos old). This is a time when he started walking. Now more than half a year later he is 36 lb. I do not worry. He has lost his weight in running around. I also nurse him about 4 times a day and couple times at night and he eats lots of solid foods too. I would not worry.

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Lori - posted on 04/20/2012

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Oh, and just an update here too. My younger daughter is now 17 months, and I just weighed her this morning. She went from 24.7 lbs last month to 24.4 lbs this month. But she grew 1/4 of an inch, and I know she's healthy. I'm not worried. The weather is getting warmer, we're doing more things outside which translates into more physical activity.



I also breastfeed her, If I were to write out her schedule it would look almost identical to yours. Right down to nursing 2 to 3 times per night.

Renee - posted on 04/18/2012

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My daughter is 2 1/2 and weighs about 20-21 pounds. I've been scolded by nutritionists, and drs but she is healthy. Another dr she saw when she was sick said she was fine. She's healthy, active and she is still nursing. We are down to doing it at night only but she's still nursing nonetheless. I'm not too worried. My middle daughter was also on the skinny side and after doing numerous tests they determined she was just going to be on the skinnier side of the scale. She is now almost 15 yrs old 5 ft tall n weighs about 110 lbs (she's athletic and has lots of leg muscle she' looks super skinny but has boobs n hips. So I wouldn't worry. My lil one isn't even on the growth chart for her weight at all.

Amelie - posted on 04/17/2012

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Hi Lori,

Thank you for your reply. It's reassuring to know someone else has experienced this. She does seem very well , happy and active thats why it was a surprise to know she hasn't gained. She has gotten taller, though.

Thanks again for your input.

Amelie - posted on 04/17/2012

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Hi Celeste, Thank you for replying.

She is very happy, very active doing all the things for her age and more except for walking. The health visitors I've spoken to aren't too concerned yet as she's still got some time to start walking, she has good muscle tone and her dad was a late walker (started walking when he was over 2 years old!!). I don't know when I started walking but they think it may be genetic.

I shall have a look at the link. Thank you for the article.

Lori - posted on 04/17/2012

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My 1st daughter went for 3 months with almost no weight gain. From 8 months to 11 months. However, she grew 3/4 of an inch in those 3 months, and she was meeting milestones, and eating, and happy. No one looking at her would have said there was anything wrong with her... and there wasn't. She dropped from the 60th percentile in weight to the 25th percentile in weight. But she's perfectly healthy. She's now almost 4 years old, and is back up to the 60th percentile for weight. I nursed her until she was 23 months old. Breastfeeding her probably prevented her from dropping weight during that time. I'm guessing the same is true for your toddler. She's probably so busy doing other things - including trying to learn to walk - that food isn't her main focus. As Celeste said, check out that article "Look at the baby, not the scale".

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