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Catch-Up Weight: Why Starting Solids Early Will Not Help Your Baby Gain Weight with Rosan Meyer, PhD

  • How to interpret what your child's normal growth rate is...and what to be wary about when reviewing your baby's growth chart
  • What is catch-up weight and how to be proactive about setting your baby's weight goals with your practitioner
  • Tips for shared decision making in setting forth a feeding plan for your baby
  • Why starting solid foods early is not an appropriate suggestion for babies of low weight and how to augment breastmilk or formula to meet growth needs (...not food!)
Katie Ferraro

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Will starting solid foods early help your baby with catch-up weight? What if your baby is small or low on the growth chart, will solid foods help regaining weight? In today’s episode I’m joined by pediatric dietitian, Rosan Meyer, PhD, MSc to talk about why we don’t use food early on to support weight gain.

Rosan is a researcher and practitioner specializing in childhood nutrition, growth faltering, failure to thrive and pediatric allergies. In our interview she’s breaking down topics like how to interpret your baby’s growth chart and why starting solid foods early is not only unwise but also dangerous and will NOT help your baby with catch-up weight.

For parents who are getting pressure to start solid foods early for weight purposes, you’re really going to enjoy Rosan’s practical, down-to-earth suggestions about what to do INSTEAD.

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In this episode, I’m interviewing pediatric dietitian, professor, and researcher Rosan Meyer, PhD, MSc. Our conversation covered:

  • How to interpret what your child’s normal growth rate is...and what to be wary about when reviewing your baby’s growth chart

  • What is catch-up weight and how to be proactive about setting your baby’s weight goals with your practitioner

  • Tips for shared decision making in setting forth a feeding plan for your baby

  • Why starting solid foods early is not an appropriate suggestion for babies of low weight and how to augment breastmilk or formula to meet growth needs (...not food!)


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