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my 10 month old is breastfed but underweight. shes not that interested in solids and hates formula. any ideas on how to pack on the pounds? thanx

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Dr. Thomas Riney
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Wean from breast: Breast feeding after 6months has been reported to have problems like you are experiencing.
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Underweight?: How underweight is your child? Look at the percentile - and realize that there is a wide range of "normal". To encourage food introduction, make sure your baby is in the right mood. Think about how the atmosphere of a restaurant affects appetite. Be calm, patient, keep first foods simple, small quantity. Parental anxiety kills appetite. A well fed person will be less interested in food.
Dr. Lucinda DeMarco
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Lean and mean: The real question is she growing on her growth curve or is she just a lower percentile for weight than height. Packing on the pounds isn't good. I would continue to nurse her, make sure you are eating well, and continue to offer her table foods. Don't worry about formula. I think you will find this will all work out. If your doctor is concerned, then they should be able to help you as well.

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