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Help! My Baby is Not Gaining Enough Weight

I’ve entered a stage of deja vu. We went for Avery’s nine month check-up today and she has fallen off the chart in her weight. Since her six month check up, she’s only gained a pound and a half. I’ve mentioned that this happened with my oldest daughter Harlan when she was three months old. Her pediatrician suggested that I supplement with formula. When I did, it made no difference at all with her weight. Turns out she is just a petite little girl.

Avery has always been on the low end of her weight and averages at the fifth percentile. She was following her own curve, so her pediatrician didn’t seem worried. Today when she noticed that her curve had dropped a significant amount, she told me that we need to go see a gastroenterologist. Naturally, as a mother, the first thing that I did was panic and worry. I’m still freaking out about it. We have an appointment with the gastroenterologist next Wednesday and I am praying for good news.

Everything else at her doctor appointment went fine. Other than her weight, she is a healthy little girl meeting all of her developmental milestones and seems to be muscularly strong. So why the sudden slow in weight gain?

Since Avery began to crawl at six months, she has been really hard to nurse. I’ve mentioned before that it is like a wrestling match to try to nurse her. She hasn’t consistently sat and nursed uninterrupted in a very long time. She’s eating well with her solid food, but only because she is confined to a high chair at the table and can’t go anywhere.

The pediatrician recommend that I supplement with formula or Pediasure. I really would like to avoid feeding her formula just because of the issue I had with Harlan and feeling forced with no outcome. I looked at Pediasure and that stuff is packed with sugar. I have a call into the doctor to see if there is an alternative that isn’t quite as sugary.

In the meantime, all I am doing is sitting here worrying and googling everything on end (which can be a mother’s worst nightmare.) I would love to know if anyone else has gone through something like this. If so, what were the issues, what worked to help your little one gain weight?

I hope to come back with good updates next week after our appointment with the gastroenterologist.

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