We saw our doctor yesterday for Nicholas’ 6-month checkup. Two issues came up that left me feeling a little disappointed:
1. He called my lovely, healthy, bouncing baby … OBESE! I know he’s a big kid – the growth charts show that he is above the 100th percentile in both height and weight – but obese seems a little excessive! He has referred us to a pediatrician to make sure that everything is OK and that nothing out of the ordinary is causing him to be so heavy. Could it be that my milk is really fatty? I certainly don’t overfeed him and I eat a relatively healthy diet. In fact, in the last 3 months, he’s only gained 5 lbs (in the first 3 months, he gained 7.5 lbs).
Growth Percentile Calculator results:
Based on the data you submitted, your child falls into the following percentiles:
Length (29 inches) = above the 100th percentile
Weight (22 lbs) = above the 100th percentile
Head Circumference (44 cm) = 50th percentile
2. “Weaning happens at 1 year”. Full stop. I reminded him that the World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond, but he feels that anything beyond a year is for “mummy, not baby”.
I was pretty shocked by both of these. Patrick asked me if I want to change doctors. I said “no” because I realize that not everyone will agree with my opinions on how to raise my child and that this is just one of the many tests that I will experience through the years. I will disagree with him on both issues, but at least humour him by visiting the pediatrician. After all, it never hurts to have another person tell me how wonderfully healthy my little bundle is! And who knows? Nicholas might decide to wean himself by the time he’s a year old – he’s really loving the food thing, so he might want to make the switch. I think I would really miss that special time, so I do hope he’ll go longer than just a year.