Fed up with Pediatrician
Hi! I'm new here and have been lurking for quite some time now... But wanted advice from you folks.
My pedi has been concerned about my LO's weight gain. He's been growing, but has been around the same weight for about 2 1/2 months now. Which is around 18lb 13 oz.
Recently I have been eating a lot of raw and drinking a lot of green Smoothies, which my LO really loves! When this was mentioned to my pedi (Becuase he wanted me to start giving my LO meats for iron) I mentioned that he loved drinking green smoothies, and he basically dismissed it saying that meats would be a better source of iron... .I was dumbfounded. And then I said, that I wanted to give him fresh fruits and veggies (the ones he could acutally chew) instead of his jarred food, and again... He said it maybe once a day, but he'd rather him have the jarred food... THEN on top of that, he wanted me to quit breastfeeding and start giving him formula.... This one took the cake... By then I was really upset and just couldn't believe what I was hearing.
Anywho... The Doctor wanted to get blood work done to make sure he wasn't anemic (Mind you they checked his iron levels 4 weeks ago and they were above normal) and urine samples. DH and I went along with it becuase we thought, hey maybe something is going on, we need to know about. Well after 20 minutes of them poking and proding my poor little baby and them still not being able to get in his little veins, enough was enough. They wanted us to go to a Children's hospital to try and get the blood again, but I can't bring myself to put my son through all that again when all I see is a bouncing, happy, energetic, healthy little boy.
DH and I decided that we are going to pump the little guy full of fresh and healthy food (no more jarred food or unhealthy "adult food") for the next month until his 12 month Well check up and if he still doesn't gain weight then we'll talk about additional tests.
Thanks for sticking through my rant. My question and plea for advice is, what are some nuts and seeds I can put in his smoothies to give him healthy fats. I know I can up his intake of avocado and I will start steaming some veggies for him to munch on throughout the day... Fruits, he takes with no problem (He already has all 8 front teeth and a molar) I just don't know if I can stick the seeds and nuts straight in the smoothie and lt them get blended with the rest of the stuff or if it will be best to grind them up with a coffee grinder first and then give it to him. Thanks so much in advance for those of you who got through this and respond!! Any other healthy food ideas are greatly appreciated.
As a general rule, the average doctor knows virtually nothing at all about nutrition (or health, for that matter), and nutritionists and dietitians really aren't any better. There are rare exceptions, but it seems like your doctor isn't one of them.
You can soak flax seeds and add them to smoothies, and you can make nut milks with most nuts and use them as the base for smoothies (there are many recipes on this site if you search for them). Another good thing you could try is to make fermented nut and seed cheeses and give those to your child; he'd probably love those. Sprouted sunflower seeds would also make a good snack.
It doesn't really add many calories, but you might want to try adding spirulina (an algae) to his smoothies - just a little bit at first, because a very small percentage of people are allergic to it. Spirulina is jam-packed with nutrients, including the elusive gamma linolenic acid, which is vital to a baby's brain development. It's almost as good a source as mother's milk. It also has extremely high levels of iron if that's a concern - a tablespoon has 21 milligrams, about as much as 5 medium steaks! It doesn't have the most pleasant taste until you get used to it, though, so that's another reason to start with only a little. Seaweed is almost as good nutritionally, although it has less iron.
Also just for nutritional value, you could try sprouting greens such as alfalfa and adding those to the smoothies too. Sprouts have amazing quantities of nutrients on account of their being the freshest food possible. Sprouts also have huge amounts of vital life energy (a difficult concept for some people to grasp, but all living things do), which is a very important nutrient in it's own right...and one that is lacking from almost everyone's diet these days. Raw food helps provide some, but most people eat mainly weeks old store-bought food where most of the nutrients and energy have disappeared long before they eat it. Even a little fresh sprouts every day can help compensate for this.
By the way, the more blood he has drawn, the lower his iron and other nutrient levels will be.
How old is he?
Thanks for the info!! He is 11 months old today. They didn't end up getting any blood today because they couldn't get the needle in his vein, and wanted us to go to the hospital to try again and I refused.
How would I go about starting my own sprouts. Is it something a health food store wold be able to help me with?
Also every weekend we have sort of like a flea market where all local organic farmers come to sell their produce weekly so I plan on going there tomorrow and getting enough greens and fruits to hopefully last boh of us for the week.
Go to this thread for some good sprouting info. You can order sprouts online, and some healthfood stores have seeds you can sprout.
Food from local farmers is much better then store-bought food, especially if it was picked recently like most farmers markets do. In terms of freshness (and nutritional value) I rate foods like this:
3. Fresh local produce
4. Store-bought produce
The spaces are significant.
This upset me when i read your post, because it brings me back in the past with my daughter. She was radiant of health and to keep people happy i had agreed to blood work. Thinking it would be only one sample they did 10 of them. My daughter was traumatized and it took her a while to recover. The good news is that, they couldn't any more put pressure on me because her blood work was great and she has no deficiency. The amino acid were above average.
If your child is 11 months, use hemp seeds in the smoothie (omega 3/6 and have a lot essential amino acid), give tone of fruits, young coconut milk etc.... I WOULDN'T give nuts yet, your baby cans develop allergies, i would wait. Truly goes with fruits. You can soak gojji berries for extra source of vitamin such iron, vitamin A and C.
I agree they are clue less. Try to find another doctor. Have you stop nursing????
All the best!
p.s I read that e3live is ok to give to baby. Please research, i am not a doctor. I gave that to my child but she was older.
Blessings and love
-Raw Angel Mom
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– Saint Maximilian Kolbe
ps: I was a lost sheep and i returned to the Catholic Faith. Please kindly discern any spiritual guidance by myself prior to October 1, 2012.
That's interesting, I never thought of food losing their nutritional value because of long shipment and shelf lives until I came across this site. Thanks so much for all the info.
Originally Posted by Living Food
You're welcome :)
Thanks so much for all the info.
I just signed up with a new doctor and went for a newbie appointment. He did and said almost nothing! I gave him my chart of bp readings I've been taking. He entered the latest reading of 119/69 on the computer and commented not that it was down from 190/120 just about 6 weeks ago. He didn't demand tests when seeing that I follow a raw vegan diet. He didn't comment on it at all. He didn't listen to my heart or lungs or take readings of any sort. No pee tests. Nothing. I was in and out in about 4 minutes. I have never had such a brief consultation!
I wonder why so many people still insist on going to see doctors who know so much less then them - someone who knows less then you and is convinced that he is absolutely right and you are wrong, and who expects all of his/her (frequently harmful) instructions to be followed to the letter - sounds like a recipe to disaster! I haven't seen a doctor in a long, long time, and I never will again, unless I have the misfortune to be seriously injured in some accident.
The only real use of modern doctors and medicine is when people are injured. They're absolutely hopeless when it comes to actual health.
Maybe its because they have all these charts which they expect every baby to conform too !, my babies charts are based on a bottle fed child which is crazy as obviously if being bottle fed they will put on more weight than a breastfed baby, dont forget hes alot more active now so burning more calories..
I'd agree the doctors dont know hardly anything about nutrition, I was told when I had my twins that I would Starve my twins if I breastfed them , how crazy is that !..
Good luck with breastfeeding while pregnant, try and get plenty of rest (easier said than done i know!), I was breastfeeding my son whilst pregnant with my daughter, it can be quite demanding !....and sore later on, my son self weaned almost overnight, I think it was when maybe the colostrum came in and the taste changed or something, he was only 14 months then.. x
I'd say trust your instincts as a mother if hes eating well and breastfeeding plenty Im sure he is fine ! xx
I'm well aware of the benefits of raw foods.
...but I wouldn't be so fast to dismiss your paediatrician. Whether you like it or not, there are nutrients a growing child needs which are not necessarily rich in a vegan diet, and this may be reflected in breast milk, wonderful though breast milk can be.
Zinc deficiency, for example, can be associated with growth issues. Zinc is available in the vegan diet (pumpkin seeds, for example), but one needs to make a deliberate effort to obtain decent intake.
MCFAs are important for child growth, too.
Vitamin D is also vital for healthy human growth. Shazzie discusses vitamin D here:
If your diet is deficient in certain nutrients, then so, too, will your breast milk be deficient in certain nutrients, and thus your child may experience deficiencies of certain nutrients.
I've suffered the inadequacies of conventional medicine for many years, and indeed I'm still suffering from heavy metal issues contributed to primarily by a lifetime of ethyl-mercury-preserved vaccinations, so believe me, I do understand the shortcomings of conventional practitioners. However, what you have described does not seem like sufficient justification to write-off your paediatrician. Respectfully, it does rather sound like you may be interpreting your paediatrician's seemingly 'mainstream' concern about your child's raw vegan diet as representing a challenge towards your raw vegan philosophical idealism. If your child's growth is halting, then this clearly points towards a possibility of there being one or more nutritional deficiencies involved.
I'm not criticising raw-veganism; I'm simply pointing out that raw veganism is not a flawless dietary approach (no dietary approach, of any kind, is flawless, vegan or omnivorous, cooked or raw). Therefore, if your child's growth is halting, then it is entirely legitimate to question whether there may be some nutritional deficiency involved in the situation - simply indignantly dismissing your paediatrician for posing such a question does not serve your child's best interests, no matter how much you love your child, and no matter how much you love your raw-vegan dietary philosophy.
Your child's best interests will be better served by you having a sufficiently open mind to be willing to explore various possibilities until (hopefully) an answer may be found, even if that answer is an uncomfortable one in light of your personal dietary philosophy. Perhaps it isn't a dietary issue (endocrine issues are another possiblity, for example), but perhaps it may be dietary.
I wish you and your child well. Please let me know how you both get on.
Last edited by Arky; 07-03-2012 at 06:43 PM.
Ah, but the catch is that most pediatricians know absolutely nothing about nutrition. I agree with most of your points, but to think that pediatricians have the answers is just typical brainwashed non-thinking.
No offence meant :)
In the country where I was born and raised you go to the doctor when you are sick. Now I live in the US and I have to find ways on how to adapt to new rules of society while staying true to my own beliefs.
When my daughter was born 2 years ago, my midwife warned me that if I would not bring my child to well check ups I could potentially get in big trouble. Lets say you get in an accident or what not and you have to bring your child to the ER, if you then cant show any proof of regular doctor visit for your child, they can bring your child to social services and take her/him away. So we have been to a pediatrician 3 times in 2 years, to have her measured and weighed. Each time was a different doc because we didnt like the previous one.