Little orange monster.
Written on August 14, 2006 by Kevin.
A month ago, my wife and I took Rylan for his 9 month checkup. This resulted in the doctor telling us that Rylan was way underweight and that we needed to start feeding him more baby food. While we didn't necessarily believe this to be the case as he was breastfed with some other foods, we took her advice and started feeding him others.
Two things have happened over the past couple of weeks. One, Rylan has grown in size. He seems to have taken to the extra calories and decided that he will store it as fat. The doctor said that because he was moving around more, he needed the extra calories. He must not be burning them all off as he is slowly packing on the weight.
Another thing that has happened recently is that Rylan has begun to look tanned. In fact, he has a hue of orange on his face. It appears that Rylan's new food is turning him orange. I recall my mother telling me stories about this as well but now I get to experience it first hand. We have moved Rylan onto a much wider variety of food colors now which appears to be helping.
All in all, I think that we should have stuck with our gut instinct on this issue. While we want Rylan to be healthy, we believe that the doctor put too much fear in us when she said Rylan was in the 3-10% percentile for weight. From what we can determine, she does not believe in breastfeeding for more than 6 months. Her influence has now caused other issues such as a decrease in milk production for my wife. We are working on holding in there until Rylan hits a year and then begin to ween but it looks like nature is already taking its course.