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A 44-year-old female asked:

My grandson weighed 6lb-8oz and 19 1/4 long at birth. t his 4 mo checkup he only weighed 9lb 10oz. he had actually lost two oz since his visit the week before. i'm concerned because she's vegetarian, limits calories and often skips meals. her dr. tells h

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
You are right to...: ...Be concerned; that is an inadequate weight gain. Would be nice to know what the dr tells her, of course, but at this point my recommendation would be to pump and meadure - if the breast milk production is low, it may need to be supplemented.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Breast or bottle: I have concern when a vegan breast feeds a child because the breast milk may be quite deficient is those vegans that do not have balanced nutrition. Two of the most anemic kids I have consulted on came from such settings. The dr should closely monitor for anemia & encourage formula if mom's diet is marginal.Soy formulas allow baby to stay vegan if mom desires.

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