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Old Mar 25th, 2013, 22:24 PM   1
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I've been advised to start solids at 20 weeks, suddenly not gaining weight?


Feeling a bit worried to be honest. Sophie has always gained weight well and been following between the 75th and 85th percentile for weight and 75th for length since birth.

She's just been weighed today and has lost weight. I can't guess pounds and ounces right now but she was 6.7kg at 3 months, then 7.3kg at 4 months, and today the scale was hovering at 6.9 and 7.0kg. Same scales as all her previous weigh ins.

She only feeds once a night at about 2am, last feed of the night is around 6pm.

Really not wanting to start solids, she's 19w6d. I don't think she's at all ready for them.

Help? Opinions? I will say she looks perfectly fine and the same as usuall, still looks nice and plump!



 
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Old Mar 26th, 2013, 02:17 AM   2
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Sigh, I'm sick of plotting her against growth charts etc, I'm just going to assume there was an issue with the scales. All her body measurements have increased, she's gone up a clothing size and is covered in rolls! I'm not going to start solids on the advice of a nurse. I'll wait and see what her weight is next week.

When I hold her and weigh myself, she's 7.4kg which is the 75th percentile. I also note that my nurse has plotted all her weights in the wrong ages in her well child book, argh! And put her height at being in the 75th percentile when I can see by looking on the WHO website that it's actually settled on the 50th percentile line. Her current weight according to the nurses scale is in the middle of the 50th (6.704kg) and 75th (7.286kg).

Maybe Sophie is just settling into a more natural size? She was a big for dates gestational diabetes baby. I'm only 4'10".



 
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Old Mar 26th, 2013, 03:59 AM   3
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Solids aren't necessarily gonna help her gain weight anyway. They aren't as calorie dense as milk.

What often happens is that babies weight plateaus just before a growth spurt, so she could just be about to hit her 4 month growth spurt. A one off small weight loss could just be caused by a number of non serious factors (eg: baby just peed, hasn't fed, compared with being weighed last time after a feed and before a pee).



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Old Mar 26th, 2013, 04:28 AM   4
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What about just increasing the frequency of her feeds? That 8 hour gap in the evening is long enough that you could easily fit in another 2 feeds and maybe more during the day. That would be much more likely to put weight on her than adding a small amount of solids. That's what I would do and see what happens at her next weigh-in.



 
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Old Mar 26th, 2013, 04:31 AM   5
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Thanks! Yes this lady was pretty uninformed. Said that at this stage of Sophie's life my milk has "changed to skim milk" and that she MUST gain 150grams in the next week or else shell refer us for some help. 150g seems a lot for an almost 5 month old to me.

Solids never made my son any chubbier. Not until he was old enough to convince his grandparents to give him cake anyway.

I just don't see how she could have lost weight, it seems so strange! She still looks like quite a big fat baby, and I say that in a nice way, I love her pudge.

Edit didn't see the other reply. I'm about to add in another feed, it's 10:32pm. I offered her an extra feed earlier but she wasn't interested.

She's had 2 sets of vaccinations in 4 weeks, the second lot being yesterday and it's put her off feeding. Bad timing :/. If she wakes tonight I'll feed her rather than try a dummy (which she whines for around 5am).



 
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Old Mar 26th, 2013, 04:46 AM   6
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Went through similar myself and started solids early as I didn't know any better but it made no difference to weight gain.
My LO was just born bigger than his genes would suggest.
If I ever have another I wouldn't cave!



 
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Old Mar 26th, 2013, 04:51 AM   7
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I definetely have no interest in giving her solids, and feel disappointed that the nurse suggested it. She's around 60 I would say so perhaps a little more old school in her approach.

She also complained about the modern WHO growth charts being "all wrong". Nice lady though so I don't want to bash her too much! I'm going to try and add in 2 or more extra night feeds and 3 or more extra day feeds and see how we go.



 
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Old Mar 26th, 2013, 04:56 AM   8
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I wouldn't go back to your next appointment, it sounds like the nurse is mathematically challenged as well as uninformed about infant nutrition. Or maybe you could get her weighed elsewhere, or just continue doing it at home? Normal home scales are enough for a baby her age if you're not weighing too often.

I had a fairly big first baby, both heavy and long. I was warned by a midwife that as neither OH or I am particularly big, she would probably settle further down the centiles at some point as they are unlikely to stay big forever so I would probably expect that to happen with your LO one day too, although it really sounds like your nurse is just bad with numbers!



 
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Old Mar 26th, 2013, 05:07 AM   9
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She comes to the house, as I refuse to go anywhere (can't be bothered with a baby and toddler to be honest). It's like a UK health visitor I suppose, but they offer home visits.

My ex partner who is still living with us is furious and says I should tell the nurse to bugger off, he hates the weigh ins etc. I am a wimp and find it hard to say no, though she won't be due for another checkup until 9 months then 15 months so it won't be frequent weigh ins really after this.

The feed just now went very well! She was really keen and fed for
ages.

Sophie's dad is small, he weighs 69kg and he's only about 5 and a half feet tall. I'm fat but 4'10" so don't expect huge kids.



 
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Old Mar 26th, 2013, 07:23 AM   10
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My youngest went through a phase at around 4 months where all of a sudden after gaining at least 7oz a week and more often in the 10-12oz range suddenly stopped gaining for a few weeks and even lost a few oz. I put this down to him being more active and also he had a massive growth spurt in length, he grew 7.5cm in around three weeks! I started one dream feed in the night and it did help he gained back the 4oz plus another 8oz in the next ten days but after a while I didn't bother anymore as longer term it made no huge difference to his weight gain as he would just sleep for as long after the dream feed and miss a couple of his morning feeds . Thankfully my GP is also a paediatrician and she saw no problem with him just kept saying how huge he looked and was clearly getting enough milk he was just burning off a lot due to being more active-at that age from morning til night he'd be attempting to roll everywhere, bouncing himself vigorously in his bouncy chair, starting to sit up and even getting himself in a crawling position. He is now roughly about 30lb xx



 
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