Adding Fat to Baby’s Diet

Q. My baby is doing great. I took her to her 9 month appointment and, just as with my son, the doctor is worried about her weight. She is 15 pounds, 6 ounces and 27 3/8 inches long. Her doctor wants me to put mayonnaise in her baby food to fatten her up or feed her avocados. Should I follow this advice?

A. This is not the worst advice I have ever heard, but it’s pretty bad. Mayonnaise makes you fat, unfavorably alters your lipid profile and is a terrible habit. Avocados are pretty a healthy food but there is no need to put extra weight on a healthy baby. Please ask the doctor to begin ignoring the numbers and look at the beautiful baby.

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