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Weight/Feeding issues

Anonymous

My son is 9 months (going on 10 months in a few days). The pediatrician is concerned with his weight (18 lbs). I try to feed him baby food, he turns his head. And doesn’t really want it. He also will only have a few bites of table food then turn head. I refuse to force feed him. He will breast feed and drink formula from the bottle no problem. Has any one else dealt with this? Have you gone to a feeding therapist? What was the weight of your 9 month old?

  • Erika
    Apr 22

    My older son is a little peanut like yours. He’s almost 2 and is only 24 lbs. he’s so active it’s tough for him to gain weight. I don’t see anything wrong with that weight for a 9 month old. My other son is 8 months old and weighs 18 lbs. Kids vary so much in weight. My pediatrician hasn’t voiced any concerns about either of their weights. As long as he is still hydrated and breastfeeding/bottle feeding I’m sure he is just fine. I know it’s scary when doctors react that way, but mama knows best. Do what you feel is right 💜

  • Jenn
    Apr 22

    My 9 month old was 19 or 20 lbs at her visit and the ped didn't say anything. She was only 6lbs 7oz at birth, so she is right on track. How big was your son at birth? The general rule is that they should triple their birth weight by 1.

  • Anonymous
    Apr 22

    Thank you Erica! I feel like he is okay. Everyone encourages me the same. I guess I’m just worried. Cause I don’t want to not do anything and something is wrong.

  • Anonymous
    Apr 22

    Jenn he was 6lbs 7oz at birth. Not sure if the pediatrician wants him to be a little butterball or not. But he is slimming down. He is extra active. Busy all the time.

  • Jenn
    Apr 22

    If he was 6lbs 7oz at birth, then there is no concern to me. Just keep trying food with him, even play with different foods. Put mashed potatoes or mushed bananas on his tray so he can explore. Then put a little in your mouth and see if he will imitate. You want food to be a happy experience.

  • Anonymous
    Apr 22

    I’ll definitely try that. And yes that’s what I want for him. Food is good! Lol

  • Samantha
    Apr 24

    My daughter was 5 pounds 5 ounces at birth and she only weighs 16 1/2 pounds at almost 10 months. My doctor shows no concern. She’s breastfed (still 8 times at day usually) & she gets baby foods. Just keep doing what you’re doing. I definitely agree with not forcing table foods- you want food to be a good experience for him!

  • Jess
    Apr 25

    My son was 8lbs at birth and not even 21lbs now at 18 months. The dr isn’t worried. He’s following the same growth curve he’s been on his whole life. If your son fell off his growth curve, have them weigh him again. The smaller amount can be a huge difference. At our last visit, they mis-measured his height. The effect on his curve was crazy. They checked again, and the QUARTER of an inch made all the difference.