I took Z to see Dr. Landefeld yesterday for his 6-month checkup. Our boy is healthy and growing and he got an overall good report. I say "overall" because there is one area that needs substantial improvement: his weight. He weighs just 12 lbs., 11 oz. As Dr. Landefeld said, "he sort of fell off the charts for his weight." Sigh.
We just presumed - because until yesterday there was never any mention of concern about his weight - that he was just a small kid. Both PG and I were small kids, and we're not big people now. Plus, we tend to eat healthily. We don't overstuff ourselves; we stop when we're full. That's the pattern we've noticed with Z, so we had no concern - especially since he is super happy, super healthy and SUPER content.
The news was a huge blow to me since I am breastfeeding. Most every book - even the book published by the American Academy of Pediatrics - says that breastmilk is sufficient to meet all nutritional needs of babies until they reach 6 months of age. So, of course, my mind sorted to this logic: if solids are not necessary until 6 months of age, then I must not be able to meet all the nutritional needs of my child. Great. Try on THAT mommy/female guilt.
And it's not like I starve the poor kiddo. I nursed him 6-8 times daily until we started "solid" foods (rice cereal, stage 1 fruits and vegetables) at 5 months. Our doctor said we could start any time between 4 months and 6 months, and I chose 5 months because Z and I were finally home from Tallahassee and were settled into a nice daily routine. When he reached 6 months, we added a second meal of solids. After receiving the news yesterday, we have added a third meal of solids AND a supplemental bottle of formula.
Z has taken to solids just okay - sometimes he is an eager feeder, other times he puckers his lips and shakes his head from side to side and whines until we relent and let him suck his food from a loaded pacifier. We are working toward eagerness with every bite.
I am very proud of my decision to breastfeed Zane, and I'm proud of my perseverance when it would have been waaaaaaay easier to just feed him formula. I believe it has given Zane the best possible start in life. And, to be honest, I'm more than a little sad that our new feeding routine will likely cause him to wean from the breast sooner than I had hoped. Logically I know that it is time for him to receive nutrition from other sources, and I totally get that I'll have more freedom. I just hope our bond and attachment to each other will remain intact.
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