How much did your baby weigh at 6 months?

Danielle - posted on 08/19/2009 ( 30 moms have responded )

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How much did your son or daughter weigh at 6 months? Arianna went to the doctor today for her six month shots... She is 6 months, 5 days and the doctor said she weighs 19 pounds 11 ounces and that she is in the 96th percentile for her weight. She says she is on the heavier side... and that I should not feed Arianna every three hours. What do you think? Any ideas or recommendations? Or is she fine at her current rate?

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My daughter was in the 93rd percentile at 6 months. She was exclusively breastfed and the doctor said not to worry about her weight. Breastfed babies eat when they're hungry and stop when they're not. Please do not listen to your doctor and deprive your baby when she is hungry. My daughter is now 18 months old and is in the 50th percentile... and VERY HEALTHY! Don't worry about her weight and keep up the good work!

Natasha - posted on 08/19/2009

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Quoting Stacey:

She is on the heavy side. My 6 month old daughter, who is breast feed, is 7 pounds 1 ounce. You don't need to feed her on a schedule. Let her find out what it feels like to be hungry so she can let you know instead of you telling her. :)



your daughter is only 7 pounds and 1 ounce at 6 months????? you must have made a mistake

Danae - posted on 08/23/2009

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My daughter was 20lbs at 6 months, she was off the chart until she was a year old. Don't worry about it. She ate every 3 hours through the day till about 6 months and then I started working in some solids, but still gave her milk with her meals. I breastfed until she was 14 mths. At 12mths she was 24 lbs. Don't worry yours should start to taper off on the weight gain and just gain height. She is a healthy 2 year old now the same size as everyone else. My Dr. never said anything about it except keep up the good work. Hypothetically you can start streaching her out to 31/2 or 4 hours if she is sleeping through the night. But you know your baby, she will be fine.

(oh yeah and my 2 month old currently weighs 16lbs and the dr was not concerened at all)

Lexie - posted on 08/19/2009

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My daughter weighed 14 lb 6 oz. She is on a 3 1/2 hour schedule and does really well with it. If you feel like your baby is ready, move her up to a 3 1/2 hour schedule. It really made a big difference with me. You would be surprised how much more you get done in that time!

Erin - posted on 08/19/2009

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my kids have all been small, my youngest was 10 pounds 6 onces at 6 months.we are working at getting her weight up becase she is not fallowing the curve. big babies can still be healthy babies, and small babies can be healthy as well. i am more interested that they are fallowing a natural curve rather than peaks and dips on thier growth chart. i honestly don't pay that much attention to the percentage.

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Belinda - posted on 08/22/2009

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Both of my children were BF on demand and followed the 95% curve line or were over it, don't worry about it. As long as your child is healthy and active then it's fine. My kids were 19lb 8 oz and 18lb 2oz respectively. My daughter recently had her 18mth check up and the health nurse was in a spin because she was three kilograms over the 95% curve and when I took her to the doctor he picked her up and said its all muscle nothing to worry about. The curves are a guide that give you a general idea how children are growing and a check to see if it is in the norm, they shouldn't be used to judge weight and no kid should be called fat especially when they are only 6mth old and are supposed to be a cuddly affectionate baby.

Megan - posted on 08/22/2009

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my son was 18lbs 2 oz and in the 52%. you cant force a breastfed baby to eat and they let you know when they are hungry. i wouldnt worry too much yet since shes still too young to move all about on her own. when shes crawling n walking around shell even it out herself. My friends baby was 22lbs at his 6 mo check up and they didnt tell her to chnge anything.

Susan - posted on 08/21/2009

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If you are exclusively breastfeeding her, then forget about it. Like the majority here has already said, "she eats/asks for what she needs." My son weighed 20 pounds at his 6 month check up and the doctor didn't even think anything of it.

Beth - posted on 08/21/2009

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I *think* what Stacy is recommending is that she be fed on demand, and saying that she'll follow her own hunger cues about when she needs to eat and has had enough, rather than being told "be hungry now" or "here, have a bit more."



I don't think she's suggesting that you make a baby wait when they are asking to be fed, because they need to "learn to feel hungry."



At least I certainly hope I'm right about that, because that would make about as much sense as your boss withholding your paycheck for a couple of extra days, so you can "learn to feel broke!" :-)



As to your question, a sleepy newborn may need to be pushed to eat more frequently than they ask for it, but a 6 month old should let you know when she's hungry, so if you feel like you are saying "Oh gosh, it's been 3 hours, it's time to eat!" when she's not acting hungry yet, you might want to wait until she asks for it.



But, if she's asking every three hours, I would not recommend waiting any longer than that. To me, that's just mean. I know how I feel when I get hungry, and if someone were stopping me from eating, I'd be pretty miserable.



That said, the weight percentile doesn't mean much if you don't know the height percentile. If it's on the high end for both height and weight, she's just big for her age.



Also, most growth charts are based on formula-fed babies (notice all those formula logos down the side of it?) who follow a different growth pattern. If I remember correctly, breastfed babies tend to be smaller at first (that's when the docs freak out and tell you to start "supplementing" with formula, and then it's all down hill with the milk supply) but then chunk up, and then they all sort of even out as they start walking and eating more solids and less milk/formula.



(I could be remembering that wrong, tho. Feel free to correct me.)



To summarize :-)



She knows what she needs, feed her when she asks for it.

Bec - posted on 08/21/2009

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my first child was breastfed and she was 12lb at 6months and my second was bottlefed due to health issues and he was 14lb at 6mths. it is much better to have a child that is healthy and happy. my son is now 4 and is very petite for his age, he isnt even on the chart anymore he is below it. i always get people asking if he eats or is real sick. my daughter is now 5 and is solid for her age, she is in the 95% yet in her class she is the same as most of the kids she doesnt look big at all. they end up running and never stopping so i would keep doing what suits you and your child. the graphs are only a guide after all. when my son turned 2 he was 18lb. he eats non stop every day, once your child starts walking you will notice a huge different. your doing a great job. x

Annie - posted on 08/20/2009

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My son is 6months and he weighs 22 lbs.lol He's not even on the growth chart; the doctor says he is still taller than he is heavy so he's doing just fine. I love haveing a big baby except that he breaks my back carrying him around;o)

Rosemary - posted on 08/20/2009

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My son was 17 lbs and 27 inches at 6 months. He was in the 50th percentile for weight and height. I breastfeed on demand. I have never denied him just to teach him what it feels like to be hungry. Sorry, that's just crazy to me!!! Don't worry about your baby girl, my doctor says you cannot overfeed a breastfed baby, her weight is what is right for her. Sounds like you are doing a wonderful job and you should just keep right on doing what you have been doing.

Kat - posted on 08/20/2009

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Doctors says "feed on demand" I know this since I just had a baby 2 weeks and they reminded every time they would come into my hospital room. I breastfed my Daughter and she was always on the lighter side. Once they get up and moving around the weight maintains itself. I wouldn't worry at all.

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My son was 16 pounds at 6 months. I agree with Candy -- your child will take what s/he needs. You can't force feed with breastfeeding (AFAIK)!!

Jennifer - posted on 08/19/2009

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My son was just a few ounces shy of 21 lbs at his 6 month check up. He nurses about every 3 hours. I basically nurse on demand with him, let him make his own schedule. But I think everyone would agree that all babies are different. I also like to think that some pediatricians only go off of experience with formula fed babies... In the end it is your decision. But I'm sure once your baby gets moving and crawling real good, that she will start to thin and even out :)

Rhonda - posted on 08/19/2009

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My baby girl is almost 7 months now, at her 6 month appt she was 15lbs 2oz.

I feed her every 3 hours too - she is just on the lighter side, but very long.



All babies are different, I am sure she is fine!

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My son is 5 1/2 months and 20 lbs. I recently switched from a 3 hr schedule to a 4 hr schedule. It feels so weird to be doing only 4 feeding a day, but I think he's getting just as much milk on the new schedule because he's actually staying on a little longer. So even if you did stretch out your feedings, it probably wouldn't make a difference. Breastfed babies will eat what they want to eat!

Makenzi - posted on 08/19/2009

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its alright because my son is 7 1/2 months old and he weighs almost 24 pounds....i dont think its a big deal... my son eats when he is hungry...and another big thing....you cannot overfeed a breast fed baby...that is the healthiest thng you can do for your child....people say different things and can be neg. but usually its because they have never breast fed a child....take it from me...im 20 and breast feeding my child and i love it....

Debbie - posted on 08/19/2009

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My daughter is 19 lbs also. She is in the 94th percentile for weight, but 99th for height. She weighed 16 lbs at 2 months, so I was actually afraid she wasnt gaining enough anymore! But no worries.

Kristin - posted on 08/19/2009

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Every baby is different...breastfed babies eat what they want. My 6 month old is 15 pounds. She is only in the 25 percent for weight, but in 95 percent for height. Don't listen to that doctor and just feed your baby when she's hungry!

Stacey - posted on 08/19/2009

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She is on the heavy side. My 6 month old daughter, who is breast feed, is 7 pounds 1 ounce. You don't need to feed her on a schedule. Let her find out what it feels like to be hungry so she can let you know instead of you telling her. :)

Nicole - posted on 08/19/2009

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Agree, bf babies eat on demand. I can't remember what my sons weighed at 6 months but my first hit the 20 lb mark at 4.5mos, my second at 3.5mos (he was more of a chunk, the first was taller). But both stayed consistent as far as growth that first year and after 1 year, they slowed way down on weight and started getting taller and thinning out. Both were around 28 lbs at 1 year.

Emily - posted on 08/19/2009

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My twins are 14.5 mos old and weigh about 17 lbs...LOL All these little guys are so much bigger. But it is important that your baby is following a curve not the actual weight. My niece was a chunk when she was 6 mos. Her ped said that when she started walking she would not be as chunky. He was so right. She is 7 yrs old and in great health and shape. BF babies can't overeat!

Teri - posted on 08/19/2009

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My baby weighs 17 pounds & 8 ounces @ 4 1/2 months old. They said he was in the 95%.They never acted like he was too heavy. Any way those charts are based on formula fed babies. I think it was in the "Mothering" magazine that I read that breastfed babies who are chunkier do not usually grow up to be obese. I wouldn't worry about it at all. As long as you and your baby are happy & doing well I wouldn't put too much stock in it.

Adrianne - posted on 08/19/2009

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My son is 6 months, born 2/04/09 and weighed 19 pounds 8.5 ounces at his checkup. The stated he was in the 80th percentile, but had no concerns regarding it. Our current dr. and prior dr. both said he is very healthy and not to worry about weight, that breastfed babies do not overeat and eat on demand as needed. He is also 27 1/4 inches long.

Tennille - posted on 08/19/2009

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my son weighed 16 pounds 4 ounces when he was 4 months old and his 6 month check up is a little late about 6.5 months I am guessing he will weigh around 19-20 pounds. He was 75th percentile at 4 months for height and weight. I would just keep breastfeeding her as she wishes! Have you introduced first foods yet? Do you think she is doing ok?

Candy - posted on 08/19/2009

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My youngest weighed about 16 lbs at 6 months. I don't think a breastfed baby can be too big or too little. She eats what she needs. It's not like you can force a BF baby to nurse if they don't want to so I say let her nurse when she wants to nurse and don't worry about it.

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