Is 16lbs too big for a 2 month old?

Kimberly - posted on 08/25/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Our doctor said we are making our baby fat. He is 2 months old and 16lbs. He is on similac advanced. Is that average weight or is he really too big like the doctor said? If so how do I stretch the feedings so he slows down on gaining alot of weight?

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Laura - posted on 08/26/2011

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my son is 11 weeks old, almost 15 lbs and 23 inches long. he's just a big boy! i'm not an expert but i'd say just pay attention to whether you are feeding him when he's tired/cranky rather than just when he's actually hungry. maybe you could try and distract him for 10 minutes when he does act hungry so the feedings get spread further apart? personally, i do not worry so much about his weight right now - he's so young and is growing so fast! some doctors are more concerned about charts than individual babies. good luck!

Judith - posted on 08/28/2011

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Had the same thing when i had my first child.. Do be careful with the weight it will cause fat cells to develop and show up later in thier life. my son was 20 lbs. at 2 months and I had to find ways to keep him from getting ready to eat by playing with him and doing arm and leg excerises just for fun. good luck

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Brooke - posted on 08/31/2011

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It can actually be a serious problem.. the fat cells that are developed as an infant stay all through childhood to being an adult. There is such thing as an overweight baby.
Breast feeding and formula feeding are VERY different, a fomula fed baby can over feed therefore put on excess weight.

There is nothing wrong with a chubby baby but I would be concerned at that weight..

Kelina - posted on 08/30/2011

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your doctor is on crack! there;s no such thing as a fat baby, not in the way that he means. Feed him when he's hungry. My friends baby was 6 lbs 1 oz at birth and b two months was 16 lbs. 2 of my neices were the same, the neices were bottlefed, the friends baby breatfed. My son was 8 lbs when born and 14 lbs at two months. He was breastfed. Every child is different, every child gains weight differently. Whatever you do though DO NOT water down the formula. You'll wind up with a very cranky baby who will probably start losing weight. At 2 months he's too young to diet!

Emily - posted on 08/27/2011

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That doesn't sound like too much weight to me.. However, it's much easier to overfeed with formula vs. breastmilk, just due to the mechanics of bottles. I would take your doctor's advice with a grain of salt.. but you can try to minimize excess weight by using a slow-flow nipple, which is closer to feeding from the breast. I wouldn't restrict feeds though.. if he's hungry, he's hungry. Every baby grows at a different rate.

Sharon - posted on 08/27/2011

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Depends too on what size he was at birth. Our youngest was 8lb 11 at birth, he's 4mths 1wk now and weighs about 14lb 5oz. I know at the start I was mixingup his tired and his hungry signals and was thinking he was hungry all the time. Once I learnt his signals, which were fidgety arms for him, then I knew I only had a few minutes before he went crazy and screamed the house down. So maybe it's a bit of that, or maybe he's just a hungry growing boy.

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