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Slow Weight Gain

My baby is gaining weight slowly. Should I stop breastfeeding?

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No. I'd like to make three important points: First, children grow at different rates. Second, my impression is that most babies start to "resemble" the family's body type in the first year of life. Third, studies show that breastfed babies tend to be leaner than their formula-fed counterparts.

Children eat solid foods their entire lives, and the relatively short breastfeeding period is worth cherishing. Granted, some children do have "texture issues" and other eating problems, but they are greatly outnumbered by those who just prefer to nurse a while longer than we Americans are used to.

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