Small is beautiful (and healthy, too)
In response to our recent newsletter article, "Growth of breastfed babies" (Winter 2005), INFACT Canada member Bernadette Zambri wrote,
"I found the article particularly interesting as our pediatrician gave us a hard time about my daughter when she was just over a year old. She kept referring to those darn growth charts, saying that our daughter needed to be eating more food, not breastmilk. I tried to explain that she inherited her grandmotherís genes for size (my mother-in-law is barely 5 feet, really tiny but as healthy as anyone I know at 81!) but the doctor kept on about the growth chart.
She thought that our daughter might need growth hormones, which she maintained had absolutely no side effects, and ordered some blood work. When I realized exactly how much blood the lab would need in order to conduct the tests, I decided to make another appointment with the doctor to talk with her instead. I told her my husband and I would have to think about it, given that my daughter was totally healthy (but just not roly-poly like formula-fed babies!)
A few days later I read an article that growth hormones given to children can have very serious side effects! While we had never really considered the hormone treatments, I was horrified by the article and decided to not go back to a pediatrician who obviously was intent on making every child .t that stupid growth chart!
My daughter is now 20 yrs.old and in 2nd year university. She is slight and on the short side (5 ft. 1 but I am only 5 ft 2!). What these "chart addicts" donít seem to know is that many cultures have small people like the Italians and Filipinos, for example. (Btw: My very healthy 81 year-old mother-in-law happens to be Italian!)"
Breastfed daughter has outgrown