I feel like shit. Like, seriously, I feel terrible. I took Wyatt to the doctor's today for a well baby check up and I found out that he's below the 10th percentile for weight. I mean, how did that happen?! Well, let me tell you - I suck.
I don't PUSH food on Wyatt. I figure he'll let me know if he's starving. Now, with that being said, I do offer him food ALL THE TIME. He just hardly ever wants it. He's more occupied with playing. I also breast feed him a lot at night, so I usually tossed this up to that. Sometimes all I can get Wyatt to eat is about one full meal a day. He usually takes a bunch of random bites of other things through out the day, but I know I can depend on him eating a full meal about once a day. OKAY I SUCK I KNOW.
Anyway, so I took him to his appointment and the doctor scolded me and I felt terrible. She told me to start pumping after I nurse, every time I nurse. I'm so late in the game now that I just don't think I want to pump a trillion times a day. I plan on starting to wean next month (when he's officially 12 months). She said he's not getting enough nutrients from my breast milk and that makes me feel terrible, because I was still sort of depending on it. I know it's just the nature of him growing up, and weaning really needs to start happening.
Wyatt has only gained 1 single pound in 3 months! I couldn't believe it! I feel kinda stupid because here I thought he was growing and everything was going great! He's 19.6 lbs.
I sought out advice from a close friend who has a petite child. She said she was going through the same thing around this time with her daughter. She started giving carnation instant breakfasts once a day (which I plan on doing). I think Wyatt would really dig it and actually has some in his sippy cup right now. I'm really hoping to get my kid to start gaining weight. It's a hard toss up between trying to be super healthy and just giving him some plain ole fat. I admit that I don't eat that much fat myself because I'm always dieting, so Wyatt gets a lot of random vegetables/fruits and baby food/yogurt. I'm hoping I encourage some weight gain with some of the new tricks I'm going to try.
Here's some things I got today to help Wyatt with his weight gain:
1. Ovaltine - I can't get him to drink whole milk so I plan on adding a little bit to his milk. Ovaltine has a lot of vitamins and minerals, so I figure it's better than him not drinking it.
2. Carnation instant breakfast - at 200 calories, I think once a day will be fine.
3. Kid essentials - just like Carnation instant breakfast, but I can throw it in my purse and it'll hold up. No mixing of milk required... and 240 calories.
4. I'm going to see if I can cook with some cream of whatever soups.
5. And obviously whole milk
Does anyone have any suggestions or me? Has anyone gone through this? I feel so discouraged and I need to hear from some of you that have gone through this with their little ones. :(