(Montclair, NJ, USA)
Visitor Question: I just took my daughter in for her 9 month examination and her weight and length were below the standard.
Is it possible that I am stunting her growth because she is not eating solid food?
Her head size in the chart. But, her body is petite. She’s a bright baby. I’m just worried that I should be feeding her.
My husband and I aren’t getting much support from our family when it comes to our decision to exclusively breastfeed her for at least a year.
Breastfeeding Magazine Response: Many parents choose to exclusively breastfeed their children for longer than the recommended 6 months.
It is also important to understand that the growth patterns of breastfeeding infants are different from those of their formula-fed peers.
While there would be absolutely no harm in letting your little one start trying some foods, there is no rush.
Your little one is probably just petite.
One of our editors oldest daughter was always in the 10% percentile as an infant and toddler and will soon be taller than mom! Your daughter will be there before you know it!