The 9 Month Baby Is Underweight From The Mother?

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Hello doctor .. My baby is a girl currently over 9 months a week .. Last week, I checked with dsa, her weight is only 7.9 kg with a length of 72 cm .. the doctor said her weight is almost less than the normal limit .. her BBL was originally 3,150 kg with a length of 49cm .. now I am still exclusively breastfeeding with the direct breastfeeding method (babies can’t use a pacifier and refuse to drink formula milk) .. How can I increase the weight while my breastmilk seems to be lacking, even I pumping it just wet the bottle butt. .. if the baby drinks also there is no swallowing sound? How are the tips for breast milk back in abundance? Sometimes the MPASI is too hungry, sometimes it isn’t, and the texture is still filtered. Does texture also affect the baby’s weight? Thank you for the follow-up

1 Answer:

Hello een,


Child weight is one of the assessments for child growth. Where the child's weight will be compared with age and height according to sex, is it still as expected. Girls aged 9 months normally weigh 8-10kg with a body length of 70-75cm and a head circumference of 41-46 cm but of course it varies from person to person. Apart from growth, it is also important to know the child's development in terms of motor skills, speech and language skills as well as socialization and independence skills.


At the age of 9 months, apart from breastfeeding, children also get complementary foods according to their age. To get around the child's weight gain, several efforts can be made, such as:

Breastfeeding more frequently, several efforts to increase breast milk production can be done but entering the age of 9 months the child does not only need breast milk but also complementary foods to meet their nutritional needs
Providing age-appropriate complementary foods where at the age of 9 months you can start giving food with a coarser texture or by giving food that has been cooked by cutting it into small pieces without needing to be mashed. Also pay attention to the portion of the giving which can be given 1/4 to 1/2 cup of cereal, 1 cup of fruit and vegetables and 1/2 cup of food that is a source of protein. A diverse menu will also help to find out whether there is a food allergy in children and make children more excited to eat and not bored or only want one particular food.
Conduct a medical examination of the child's condition to find out whether there are other conditions that trigger the child's underweight such as gastrointestinal tract infections, respiratory tract infections, nutrient absorption disorders or others

Remain passionate about giving the best to children and remain patient so that the growth and development of children can be according to their age. Make an effort to regularly check your children to monitor their growth and development, one of which is by joining the posyandu in the area around where you live. In addition, you can also consult a nutritionist or pediatrician regarding your child's condition.


May be useful,


dr. Adhi P.

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