We had Hannah's weight check today, the good news is she's packed on 13 oz in a week, and we're back in the happy zone as far as weight is concerned. Also she's decided since we can't seem to get the reflux meds in her enough that it would have contributed to the weight gain, we're not going to continue them. (this is me doing a happy dance!)
I'm going to preface this next part with I generally love our practice and this doc in particular. She is very easy-going and has never made us feel like we were being silly first time parents, plus she's young so I feel like she is more on our wavelength than some of the older docs.
We haven't started solids yet. We've been meaning to, were given the ok to start solids at the 4 mo visit. I didn't want to start that early, and H wasn't showing interest in our food at that time, so we waited. We even have the oatmeal and bowls and spoons, just haven't had the time to get the highchair out and sit down to do it. We were going to start last week and then this weight thing popped up and it was too hard to fit that in with all the pumping. Today I was told that we needed to introduce things faster because "she needs the calories" and made to feel like I've done a bad thing not introducing anything yet.
I realize she's the one with the medical degree, but i've read enough baby books (some also written by docs ... like this no-name guy called Dr. Sears....) to know there is nothing wrong with waiting until the baby is 6 mo to start solids. She is 6mo1wk today. I've also read enough to know that BM is still comprising 99% of a baby's caloric intake at this point and solids are merely in addition to get used to spoons, different tastes/textures etc. So I disagree that a few spoonfuls of oatmeal or prunes a day is going to really make a huge difference in her calorie consumption. Now that she has gained weight and we've upped her BM/formula intake accordingly, I don't see the point of her argument at all.
I don't really know what to do other than just write this one conflict off and know that what I'm doing is ok. But I'm really a bit disappointed that we had this moment when we've been so pleased with her care.