Lulu's 4 month Dr appointment...

Lulu went to the the doctor's yesterday for her 4 month check-up. She had to get her booster shots and we finally got her little ears pierced. As always she was a happy camper and the center of attention, since she's such a smiler all the nurses love her. But! The doctor told me something I didn't want to hear, it was time to feed her cereal and she really insisted on it...you see apparently my daughter hasn't gained the appropriate weight for her size. She's 25 1/2 inches long and weighs 13.8 lbs, which is about a little more than double the weight she was in the hospital (6.8) and they say your baby should be double their birth weight by now so by those standards she should be fine right?...not to her pediatrician she isn't...Lulu had a reflux issue and had to be given medicine to keep the acid in her stomach low so she could keep her milk down, apparently that put her behind in her weight gain, but I don't think it has, because she's always gained weight pretty steadily never dropping any weight. She's not a chunky baby but she's healthy and she's never been a chunky baby she's always been fairly slender since birth. She didn't even fit into her newborn clothes that we'll....so I don't know if she's trying to scare me into giving her cereal because she knows I don't want to feed her cereal, but I'm against it I'm not giving her any grains until after she's a year old. Has anyone else gone through this? What did you do if you have? I mean she'll be eating veggies in a couple months so I really don't feel the urgency in feeding her cereal nor the necessity because her reflux has gone away she's much better now...well kind of after getting her booster shots she's been spitting up a lot again but I'm sure it'll pass...I would just like some feedback from your own personal experiences with similar issues?

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    03/03/15
    Bethany Reilly
    In my opinion, you are her mom. You make the call. I think 4 months is way too young for solids. My sons pediatrician didn't want us to start solids until he was 6 months. Even then he said we didn't have to push it. And he didn't even have us give him cereal. We started with vegetables and then fruit and then cereal last. My son had reflux but we just gave him the medicine and he was fine. Giving cereal too early has been linked to health problems including childhood obesity. If she's gaining weight she is fine! She was a small baby so her weight gain seems pretty normal to me.
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    03/03/15
    Bethany Reilly
    I think you know best! Pediatricians can give guidelines but you don't always have to listen:)
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