After 4 days of weaning LM decided that it was nil by mouth unless it came in the shape of mummy’s milk either in a bottle or au natural. So we decided to wait until he got a bit older especially as he did react to the baby rice.
At the start of 25 weeks we decided it was time to introduce some flavours again, so started with some carrot and mango purées as well as some mashed banana and keeping away from grains for now.
On the spur of the moment I also decided that a trip to the baby clinic was overdue. Now whilst LM has doubled his birth weight it seems he has fallen into the 0.4th percentile in weight – cue alarm bells.
I need to clarify here that he is a healthy, happy active little chap who yesterday started sitting up without support and today decided while he already likes to stand-up while you hold him, he’d now like to investigate taking steps as well, so developmentally there is nothing to be concerned about however the Health Visitor pointed out that if he were to get sick (touch wood) there wouldn’t be a lot of room for him to loose any more weight, so her advise goes
- Increase immediately to 3 meals a day (easier said than done, it seems LM is a little stubborn like both his parents, so if he isn’t hungry – nothing is going through those beautiful little lips)
- Add in things like creamy mash potato
- Petits Filous and so on
About this time I was very glad that my Sister-in-law had talked about her experience with her baby who is now a very healthy, tall and lean 15 year old or I might have gone into a little old-fashioned flat spin. When my niece was a baby she was below the growth chart and my SIL was given a really hard time about this and not a lot of constructive advise. She was eventually told by the doctor to feed her LO:
- Ice Cream
- Mash with full fat butter
- Cheese triangles
- Petits Filous
All evidence leads me to believe that this has actually done her no visible harm, her strongest affliction is a over zealous like of ketchup on everything (which it appears is a family trait too as the Husband goes mad for it too).
Last night I baked some white fleshed sweet potato aka Kumera, and mixed it in with some of my milk and he ate that up pretty well, more than he has of anything else. The mashed banana I tried in the morning both days hasn’t resulted in much more than a clamped mouth so despite not wanting to introduce sugar into LM’s diet I dutifully went off to buy the Petits Filous after the recommendation from the Health Visitor and where there wasn’t another ‘baby’ option at the supermarket I called into. Only after I’d introduced the first one to LM did I then see at my friends house that Yeo Valley do an organic version ‘little yeo’s’ with no added sugar and more natural ingredients so that will be on the next shopping list along with things like avocado and some good old fashioned root vegetables to try and add some bulk.
I’m trying to take his position in the growth chart with a pinch of salt and remember that he has doubled his weight and seems to be heading in the tall and lean fashion after his father but a little part of me worries that 5.92kg/13ish pounds is very light for 6 month old.