My daughter is two days shy of 6 months and was one month premature. She was born 6lb 9oz, lost about 1 whole pound in the first couple days but gained it back before leaving the hospital. The whole preganancy had my wife in and out of the hospital with Hyperemesis Gravidarum so her nutrition and weigh gain was next to nothing (she lost about 30 lbs total).
Today by little girl weighs 10lb 7oz. Her length is good and head size is good but her weight gain is not on the standard growth chart.
She is taking meds for acid reflux which over the last couple months has stopped her excessive vommitting and spit-ups. She eats two full jars of stage one fruits and vegetables a day and nurses well every 3-4 hours.
She is very alert and active and is meeting all developmental milestones (aside from weight) and is very close to being mobile. And laughs and smiles constantly and show no signs of malnutirition or anything like that.
Her mom and maternal grandmother are both small. My wife's three other child (ages 6-11) are all small.
Our Dr. is ready to diagnose Failure to Thrive based soley on her weight and is heavily pushing formula (something we greatly oppose) and readying referalls to GI specialists and the like. This is my first baby and she totally has me paniced, especially after all the difficulties with the pregnancy.
But is doesn't seem right. Looking at the big picture it doesn't add up, her weight gain is drastically slow vs the "standard" but she's not losing weight. and as I said she extremely active and alert and feeds very well. Plus she matches her mother's family experiences and her siblings.
I have lost an incredible ammount of faith in the health care industry over the last few years but there is still a part of me that says "what if."
What do you all think?
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