First question from newbie :)
So this source claims that infant weight charts 100 years ago were circa 10% lower (at 1 year of age). We've recently moved our kids to paleo (age 2 y, 2 y, 3 months) and are kind of lost on benchmarking. We benchmark because all 3 were preemie, and we watch weight as one indicator of any problems (along with behavior & poop, in case you were curious :).
Does anybody have a good source for weight charts from as far back as possible before neolethals worked their magic?
I suppose breastfeeders have dealt with something akin? (Unfortunately we stopped b/feeding before going Paleo)
Thanks for any ideas!
You can troll around Google, and there are different growth charts for Breastfed vs Formula fed. Some linkage here http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/growth/ Have a look into the World Health Organization charts.
Our little guy is 13 months right now, and he's fully breastfed, doing fine, his Mom is an 80% paleo eater, best I can get out of her. But the little guy is very active, attentive, coordinated and just doing great among his peers. Never sick, always bright eyed and bushy tailed.
According to conventional charts our doc uses (well, ex-doc at this point), he is around 25%tile for weight, 50%tile for height and has the biggest head a baby his age can handle! He is learning and mimicking and communicating abundantly.
Edit: to add he gets egg yolk, mashed up yams, fruit, meats, pemmican, butter, cream and the like but it is difficult to gage just how much of this he ingests, vs smears in his hair. Most of his food is good old fashioned Mamma's Milk.
I breast feed. My first gained slowly, always small, because of latching problems at birth. My second is now 3 months, latched immediately, and is robust. My first will be 3 next week. My parenting advice: Don't stress about the weight. The percentages are crap. Parental instinct is HUGE. If you honestly believe that your children are growing up healthy, then they are. (Unless you're a moron, and given that you found this site, I'd say you aren't).
That said, remember that kids need carbs since they're very active. Just be choosy about where they get them. There are a lot of threads about kid snacks on here.
Also, at 3 months, if you're willing, you could get yourself lactating again. Even a little with supplementation is better than nothing. Best shot at preventing disease. I'm not perfect (or anywhere near) with my paleo eating. My toddler definitely is not. The only soapbox I can stand on is the one about nursing. It gets better as they get older, especially between 6 months to 1 year. Plus, it allows you to eat 500 extra calories of delicious food every day :D Stepping off the box.
As long as your child is growing, learning, smiling, and pooping, they're fine as far as weight goes. The charts are all a guideline. And when their pediatrician asks what they eat, just say plenty of meat and veggies, and they should be happy with that.