Since the late 1970's doctors have routinely assessed babies' weight gain using a chart based largely on the growth patters of formulafed babies who tend to put on weight very quickly and are generally bigger. As in my experience, assessed according to the formula-based chart, breastfed babies are mistakenly labeled as "underweight". The World Health Organization's new, updated growth chart, which recognizes breastfeeding as the biological norm can be used as a comparitive measure when parents confront doctors who place children in the lower percentile. Though I've seen breastfed babies at seven months and their weight has been 26 pounds and I find labeling breastfeeding as the "biological norm," clearly a problematic, we can at least use this new measure as a tool to rest our troubled minds.
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