My daughter is 40 weeks and weighs 15lb 10oz she is ion between the 2nd and 9th centile for her weight and between 25th and 50th for length and on the 2nd for her head circ. am very worried as she sometimes refuses food. recently for 7 days and lost 3.5oz in weight any ideas on getting her to eat am due to see the hv in 4 weeks for a review of her weight but am worried i am doing something wrong. she is on breast milk as she won't take a bottle so can't even supplement her with formula to help wioth weight gain! any ideas or just someone who has been in a similar situation for a bit of reassurance! thanks

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Lynda - posted on 03/11/2009

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Quoting Claire:

My daughter is 40 weeks and weighs 15lb 10oz she is ion between the 2nd and 9th centile for her weight and between 25th and 50th for length and on the 2nd for her head circ. am very worried as she sometimes refuses food. recently for 7 days and lost 3.5oz in weight any ideas on getting her to eat am due to see the hv in 4 weeks for a review of her weight but am worried i am doing something wrong. she is on breast milk as she won't take a bottle so can't even supplement her with formula to help wioth weight gain! any ideas or just someone who has been in a similar situation for a bit of reassurance! thanks



I can see this is really making you crazy...the best thing is to ask the doctor if your child is healthy.  If the answer is yes, stop worrying!  Children come in different sizes, percentiles aren't like a letter grade in school.  The numbers above don't indicate your child isn't thriving; they indicate, as babies go, yours is a smaller one.  What was your story as an infant - are you and your husband smaller in statue?  If so, it seems like this could all be perfectly normal.  Two of my babies had only breast milk in the first year of life and are doing great - no weight issues.  I had one child that became dehydrated at 6 weeks and I started to supplement with formula - she's still thin but healthy.  I would be concerned if you see any signs of dehydration (collapsed skin - something called "tenting" or blood or crystals in the urine).  Please go see your doctor for peace of mind but I think you will find everything is going to be OK:)  Blessings!

Blake - posted on 03/11/2009

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Have you looked into the tube system for supplementing? it is a tiny tube hooked to a flask looking bottle which you can fill with formula or breat milk. You tape the tube to your skin where the tube fits in the babies mouth along with your nipple from your breast. it helps with weight gain and stimulates your production. You can contact Mother Nurture @ 859.335.5949 or at mothernurture.com to get info, support and where to buy. My son was loosing alot of weight when he came home from the hospital and this worked for us. They explained to me that smaller babies can burn more calories then they get breastfeeding...which makes sense when babies are nursing but not gaining. I would keep in touch with your doctor and just let them know how you are feeling. i know how the stress from this can eat at you. So hang in there. Your baby looks great and beautiful!

Shruti - posted on 03/11/2009

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My dtr. is 49 weeks old and its the same for her, she was breastfed but now takes the bottle as well. The Dr. says that he is not concerned as she is doing fine, some babies are like this only.She wont eat for days which concerns me, but i know this that i can't force her to eat. For sure she looks beautiful, so stop worrying and until and unless she is active there's not much to think about, she'll eat whenever she is hungry.

Nancy - posted on 03/11/2009

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My son (who is almost 6 years old now) has always been in the 5-10 percentile for weight and 25-50% for height. I had the same issues with the eating (although he was formula-fed) and stressed out about it quite a lot. He had reflux as a baby as well, so it seemed like every bottle we gave him came back up anyway. Plus he was 5 weeks premature, so my anxiety level was pretty high. My doctor was very reassuring...essentially saying that he has always been in that range and as long as he doesn't deviate from it from visit to visit, it is probably the norm for him. And sure enough, 5 years later and he's still in the same ranges and is perfectly healthy. I know how concerning this can be, but just take a cue from your doctor - if he's not worried, you shouldn't worry either! She looks beautiful by the way!

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