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Under the 5% percentile in weight Dried up tata's 1 child; Hawaii 12088 posts
3rd Mar '10

So we had DDs 9 month check up this week and she weighs 15lbs 5 oz and is 26 1/2" long.
When the Pedi showed me the chart online it said 2% next to where her weight was. She had a virus last month and refused solids for 3 weeks, she is EBF also.

He wants us to come back in next month to see if she gained any weight. Im so scared he is going to make me supplement with formula. I do not want to give her formula ever! He is doing really well with solids and nursing right now so Im hoping she gains enough to make him happy. She is just so active she burns up her calories! lol

Do you think he will make me supplement?

♥ His Mommy ♥ 1 child; North Carolina 15404 posts
3rd Mar '10

First of all, he can't make you.
And I've found that its not that big of a deal. My son weighed exactly that at 9 months, & today he is a happy, healthy, 20lb 15 month old. He has always been in the less than 5th percentile, since he was about 2 months old. Some babies just have a faster metabolism! Unless she is labeled as "failure to thrive" then nobody is going to make you supplement or do anything other than advise you how to help her gain.

It's my turn♥ 34 kids; Greenback, Tennessee 24868 posts
3rd Mar '10

My daughter is small as well. She's 1 year old, and somewhere between 17.6 and 18 lbs.



Is he only looking at where she stands now.. or is he comparing her growth from birth? Because that can make a huge difference. My daughter is tiny.. but her growth stays the same all the way through.

Dried up tata's 1 child; Hawaii 12088 posts
3rd Mar '10
Quoting Chase&Lilia'sMommy♥:
M'chenuh♥Teighlor 3 kids; Indiana 13332 posts
3rd Mar '10

My daughter was always in the 5th or 3rd percentile. At 1 year she was only 16 lbs. 21 lbs 8 oz at 2 years and at her 2 1/2 check up was 24 lbs 6 oz. Her pedi has never been concerned about it. Did she drop down on the chart though?

moo*moo 2 kids; New York 980 posts
3rd Mar '10

As long as she follows a steady line, it doesn't really matter what percentile she's in. Some people are just meant to be smaller than others lol. If she was in the 50th percentile at her last appointment, and in the 2nd percentile at this one, thats when there isa problem. But, if shes always been on the small side, then thats just her.

Dried up tata's 1 child; Hawaii 12088 posts
3rd Mar '10
Quoting Mandi♥Trinity:
Mixed 2 kids; Fort Dix, New Jersey 38764 posts
3rd Mar '10

He can't make you supplement.



My Daughter was 18 pounds at 13 months and is not about 24 pounds at 22 months, my pedi never expressed concern. Babies are just different, my 7 month old is almost 20 pounds and EBF as well. It just varies.

Dried up tata's 1 child; Hawaii 12088 posts
3rd Mar '10
Quoting Sara-no-h:
NolaMom 17 kids; New Orleans, Louisiana 4774 posts
3rd Mar '10

He can't make you give her formula. Some babies are just smaller than others. My little one is 3 months and he's 16.2 lbs, but he was 9 lbs 2oz at birth. I EBF also. I say as long as she is healthy and happy it's not a big deal.

Dried up tata's 1 child; Hawaii 12088 posts
3rd Mar '10

Thank you ladies for the advice! It makes me feel better to know he can't make me supplement!

It's my turn♥ 34 kids; Greenback, Tennessee 24868 posts
3rd Mar '10
Quoting Momma Milkshake BGB:
Dried up tata's 1 child; Hawaii 12088 posts
3rd Mar '10
Quoting Mandi♥Trinity:
user banned 2 kids; Fiji 10927 posts
4th Mar '10

i wouldn't worry about it. my daughter has been under the 25% since birth. she's 2 in may and still only 20lbs. they have made us come in many times to check her weight again and have tried to get her on a high calorie diet. she is also a very active little girl, so i chalk it up to that. she eats all the time and is perfectly healthy, just tiny :) i think she will rebound quickly now that she's not sick. good luck and remember that YOU are her mama. go with YOUR gut, not their opinion.

GrannyCares New York 1 posts
13th Jun '13

My grandson is 2 1/2 months old. He weighed 7lbs 2 oz. at birth. After the first week at home his weight dropped down to 6 lbs. He is breast fed. My daughter is seeing a lactation nurse, and the baby is finally latching on. At 2 months he weighed 10 lbs., and was in the 4th percentile.
I have been babysitting him during the day for the past three weeks. My daughter brought me four 3 oz. bottles on day one. The baby drank the first bottle,and clearly was still hungry. I offered him a second bottle and he drank 2 more oz. before falling into a contented sleep. He slept 3 1/2 hours. My daughter told me that he never sleeps during the day, and that she gives him the pacifier to quiet him when he starts to cry.
After his nap, the baby drank another 4 1/2 oz.
When I told my daughter that he wants more than three oz., that he would probably sleep better if his hunger was satisfied, she told me that the lactation nurse told her to pace feed......let his belly feel full before he finishes his feeding. I couldn't believe my ears when my daughter told her crying baby that "she knows he's hungry, but it's not time yet".
Today she brought me a four oz. bottle.......it is supposed to satisfy the baby for six hours. I'm about ready to go out and buy formula so that my grandson will be satisfied......I am so concerned! I don't know where she gets the idea that a baby is like a dog, and will just keep eating as long as the bottle is offered. Is this an example of what lactation nurses instruct new mothers?