LO had her wellness visit yesterday (10 weeks old).
Her head circumference and length are both at the 46th percentile. Her weight, however, is only at the 14th.
She was born 41+6 and only weighed 6lb 4.2oz (Aug 30th). When we left the hospital she weighed 5lb 13oz. She was mostly formula fed as we had to supplement and I wasn't producing much. A few days later, she was already back up to 6lb 5 oz.
At her 1 month wellness visit (Oct 3), she was up to 8lb 7oz, so over 2 pounds gained.
Just a little over a month later (Nov 7), she only gained a little over a pound. 10lb 3.5oz. Dr said she was in the 14th percentile and sounded a little concerned. She asked how much she was eating. 3-4 oz, but tends to spit up a little more when it's closer to 4oz.
She didn't say it was bad, but she sounded concerned. She's been on all breast milk since the beginning of Oct except for a few days in the middle of the month while I was in the hospital. If she drinks 3 oz and seems to be hungry still, we'll offer more. If she doesn't drink the whole bottle, we don't force the rest on her (otherwise seems to cause some spit up). When she spits up, it's only ever mouthfuls (only once did an entire bottle come up - though we didn't feed her afterwards since it was more throw up and wanted to make sure her tummy was settled before we put anything more in).
I feel awful about this. I was actually feeling like we were overfeeding her, but now I feel like we're underfeeding her. She's not even gained 4 full pounds from her birth weight.
Except in rare cases, there is no underweight or overweight for infants. Percentiles work by measuring against a large pool of other babies/children at that age. For them to work someone has to be that small or large baby. The tall or short one. The one with the big or small head. They can't all be the 'average' 50th percentile or the large 90th. My daughter has been following the 15th percentile. She's perfectly healthy, hitting her milestone on time and her doctor is perfectly happy about it. It only becomes a possible concern if the baby sudden shoots up or down percentiles dramatically and even then it's not a huge issue if they're still healthy. It happens sometimes and they usually go on to follow a new percentile for a while. My daughter was born at a higher percentile and dropped alot right after birth. It was worrying for a while as she lost 23% of her body weight, but eventually she evened out and has been following the same growth chart steadily. Good luck and don't stress about it. Some babies are just tiny little things, there's nothing wrong with that
Sounds good to me. If she's happy and healthy, i wouldn't be concerned. My little man was in the 10th percentile for the longest time. He's still on the smaller side, but he's healthy. Each baby grows at their own pace. As long as she's gaining, she's fine.
Jessicas on the 9th percentile, but always has been. She was born 6lb 2.5oz. Now at just over 5 months, she's 13lb and still mostly in 0-3m clothes. They said they're happy as she's following her curve. They'll only be concerned if there's a dramatic change up or down, same as if she was 90th percentile. Double check they're using the chart for breastfed babies, not formula fed.
I would say gaining 4lbs in 10 weeks is pretty good going! Well done you! My little man has only managed 1lb in 8 weeks so they now keeping an eye on him but are still not overly worried as he is alert, hitting milestones and growing - albeit slowly! X
If her dr hadn't sounded concerned, I would really have thought much about it since she doesn't look (to me) too small or unhealthy and seems relatively happy (has normal bouts of fussiness like any other). Her dr didn't really say much else about it other than ask how much she's eating.
Sometimes she does take 4 oz w/o issue. One time she took an ounce of pear juice (recommended by dr for bowel movements) plus 5oz breast milk and was fine. Just kind of how we go with her. We feel like she knows what she needs for amount.
We're upping the "baseline" as she does seem to be getting hungrier more quickly with just the 3, so we're going to gradually increase and see how she does.
I'm always worried about her weight, but I'm usually worried about the opposite lol that's she's gaining too quickly. But apparently not! I feel like she's just a smaller girl. Born at a smaller weight and am guessing will just be a smaller baby than average.
At her 1 month they said she was about 25th percentile in weight, so there was a drop, but there hasn't been really much to compare to yet as far.
Everytime my boys have started draining the bottles I upped it by an ounce so they could always just take as much as they liked, I think as long as you feed on demand and they aren't throwing up huge amounts then you cant go far wrong and they will be whatever size they are meant to be.
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