At his four-month visit, he weighed 15 lbs, 10.5 oz. Today, he weighed 16 lbs, 6 oz.
That's a weight gain of ... 10 ounces. In. Two. Months.
He went from 50-75% to around 25%.
What Atticus' doctor said: Well, he's only gained 10 ounces in two months. He's either finding a new spot on the growth curve, or something's going on that we need to be concerned about. We're just going to watch him to make sure it's a new spot on the chart. Why don't you bring him back 6 weeks from now for a weight check, and we'll reevaluate everything at his 9-month well visit?
What I heard: Your breast milk sucks. You're starving your baby. I can't believe you haven't started him on solids yet. You're a terrible mother. Formula!!!!!
What I wanted to say: You bastard! My son is perfect! How dare you imply that something may be wrong with him or my super-awesome-wonderful milk?!?!
What I really did say: I'm not giving him formula. He is happy, sleeps great, and is meeting all of his milestones.
The doctor never mentioned formula. He never mentioned that anything might be wrong, per say, but the fact that Atticus has gone from 90% at birth to 75-90% at two months, 50-75% at four months, and 25% at six months kind of sucks. He did reiterate that he wasn't asking me to give him formula or to rush ahead with baby-led weaning. He said to keep on keeping on, and that everything is probably fine. At Atticus' weight check in six weeks, they would like for him to weigh about 17.5 lbs to stay on his "new" spot on the growth chart. I hope my boobs don't get performance anxiety like my brain has.
Everything is probably fine, but that doesn't mean I don't feel like a shitty mom today.
I found this excerpt on kellymom.com:
Growth charts and breastfed baby growth
I have heard of many breastfed babies (including my own) whose doctor was disturbed at some point because the baby wasn't gaining weight quickly enough, even though the baby was well within the above parameters for weight gain. The problem is that many doctors are not familiar with the normal weight gain patterns of breastfed babies, and rely too much upon standard growth charts.
Healthy breastfed infants tend to grow more rapidly than formula-fed infants in the first 2-3 months of life and less rapidly from 3 to 12 months. All growth charts available at this time include data from infants who were not exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months (includes formula-fed infants and those starting solids before the recommended 6 months). Because many doctors are not aware of this, they see the baby dropping in percentiles on the growth chart and often come to the faulty conclusion that the baby is not growing adequately. At this point they often recommend that the mother (unnecessarily) supplement with formula or solids, and sometimes recommend that they stop breastfeeding altogether. Even if mom realizes that her baby is perfectly healthy and doesn't follow these unnecessary recommendations, she ends up worrying for no reason (and moms don't need anything extra to worry about!).