Is anyones breastfed baby overweight?

Mayra - posted on 12/21/2009 ( 36 moms have responded )

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I took my baby to the doctor today and I was told she weighs too much. She will be 3 months on Dec. 1st, she weighs 15.13 lbs. , and is 24 1/4 inches tall. She is exclusively brestfed. Any suggestions or advice? I don't want her to be overweight :(

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Ruth - posted on 12/26/2009

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A breastfed baby CAN NOT be overweight. Change doctors, that is a load of crap. Breastmilk is the best food for your baby, all my children put on heaps of weight, when they started crawling etc and moving onto solid food it started to come off.
There is nothing wrong with a lovely chubby baby, it means they are healthy and you obviously have fantastic breastmilk or she wouldn't be so happy.

Ignore the doctor, my little boy is now 22mths (solid food, and some formula, as pregnant with number 5) and he weighs 16 kilogram = 35 lbs. He is happy, running round and not over weight. Keep up the good work.

Lisa - posted on 12/26/2009

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don't go to that dr again!
my sons were born at 7lbs and change and at 2 months old they were 14-15 lbs. My dr asked what I fed them, butter? and I said better, breast milk!
so being 15lbs at 3 mo is fine! and ignore anyone who calls your baby fat, since you can't over feed a breastfed baby! yes they chunk up, but it's not a bad chunk. it's good baby fat. and they lose it all by the time they start walking and looking like toddlers anyways. my "fat" babies are now 7.5 years old and 9 years old and they are both healthy thin boys, long and lean (except my younger one who still has chipmunk cheeks, he's kinda short).

Joanna - posted on 01/04/2010

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Breastfed babies tend to be on the larger end of the curve. This will all work out as they grow. My lil guy is 13 lbs @ 2mo. A chunky baby is a healthy baby.

Shanna - posted on 12/25/2009

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I dont think so I have almost a 4 month old and she weighs 18 pounds is my child over wait. dont worrie aboutit. I breast feed mine to only and she is just growing like a weed.

Maria - posted on 12/25/2009

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My son is 4 months and he weighs 18lbs and is 27 in. tall at two months he was 25 in. and 16.5 lbs, his pediatrician says he's perfectly healthy and well proportioned. my son is also exclusively breastfed, breastfed babies plot higher in weight than bottle fed. I would't be concerned if I were you experts say it's nearly impossible to overfeed a breastfed baby.

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Kelly - posted on 12/25/2009

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My son is 29 lbs at 13 months. He was born 10lbs 5 oz. He was exclusively breastfed for the first 4 months and then we supplemented from there through 6 months until I gave up and couldn't keep up with his appetite. Breast fed babies gain early while formula fed babies gain more later. She is not overweight. If your pediatrician is telling you this...change doctors would be my advice. When she is 10 or 12 and overweight, worry more then, but now she is a baby and she is supposed to have some fat on her, if she didn't you would have more to worry about.

Carol - posted on 12/24/2009

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I baby is EXCLUSIVELY breastfed at the breast then baby can NOT be overfed. There are no empty calories or fillers in breastmilk - it is the PERFECT food.

That said baby can be overfed breastmilk from a bottle.

"It is normal for breastfed babies to gain weight more rapidly than their formula-fed peers during the first 2-3 months and then taper off (particularly between 9 and 12 months). There is absolutely NO evidence that a large breastfed baby will become a large child or adult. In fact, there is good research to indicate that breastfed babies are less likely to be obese children or adults than babies who were formula-fed. "
more here: http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/gro...

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My son was around 13 pounds at 2 months (HUGE to me since his sisters weren't even 9 pounds at that age). At 21 months now he is 25 pounds.... half the weight of his now 8 year old sisters! :)

Becky - posted on 12/24/2009

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Get a new doc! That is ridiculous! You are doing what is healthiest for your baby!

Sabrina - posted on 12/24/2009

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My daughter was 7lbs 10oz at birth and by 10 weeks she was more then double her birth weight. As long as there is no medical reason for the weight gain (ie. thyroid problems, which they check at birth) don't worry about it. She is now almost 8 months and weighs close to 22lbs.

Alesia - posted on 12/24/2009

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My dd was 16 pounds at 3 months and at 4 months she shot up like two inches in height and weighed 16 pounds 12 oz, I think after a while they start to grow chunky and then tall. My dd has always been above the 95th percentile for weight and my doctor has never said anything about her being overweight in fact they always tell me what a good job I'm doing! So good job to you also!!

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my baby was the same, and i was told that as long as her height & weight are proportionate, there is no reason to be concerned about her large size. keep doing what you're doing! i was a huge baby too, but grew up to be slim & trim. don't worry about it.

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Yup, you need to get another PED. My son is only 7 weeks and he weighed in 12 lbs 13 ounces and 27 inches long at his 6 week checkup. He HUGE as I lovingly joke around but he is healthy as I've been told. He's in the 90-95 percentile for weight and 97 percentile for height but he was born like that. I was told he was healthy and to keep doing what I'm doing which is exclusively BF'ing; mind you I won't be able to EBF for too much longer considering his size and appetite I will have to intro some rice cereal/fruit before the 4 month mark. Just keep doing what you're doing and ignore you Doc! Once your little one gets mobile she will lose the weight quickly!

Rachel - posted on 12/23/2009

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My son has always been in the 95th + percentiles since birth. Born 9lbs 3oz. He is now almost 3 and is 3'3" tall and 43.5 lbs. I breastfed up till he was 2yr3mon at which time I had to wean due to pregnancy and loss of milk! My doctor has told me my son is in excellent health and is just a bigger kid. He is by no means over-weight and I truly believe he is better off for having had breastmilk!

Tawny - posted on 12/23/2009

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I have 2 son that were breastfed until they were 15 and 20 months. They were both big babies and were off the charts on both weight and height. The best advice I can give you is to find a supportive doctor who tells you from experience, both personal and professional, what is truely a health risk not just what the charts shows. My boys now are healthy and not overweight. Keep up the good work!

Dawn - posted on 12/23/2009

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My guess is your dr isn't using this:

http://www.who.int/childgrowth/standards...

It's the WHO growth chart for breastfed babies - and it's an *indicator*. You *cannot* over feed a breastfed baby and breastfed babies *tend* to put weight on during the first few months quite rapidly - after that they slow down.

HCP's dont' always keep up with the latest information, you might want to show him/her the link.

dxx

Catlin - posted on 12/23/2009

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Way to grow a healthy baby!! (My duaghter was 14 lbs 11 oz & 24-1/2" long at her 4 month check up) Don't worry about the weight thing as long as she's gaining it at a steady rate.

Courtney - posted on 12/23/2009

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My doctor has never looked at just their weight. He looks at their growth curve and what he says is that they should stay within plus or minus 10% of the percentile they were born in. For my kids that means my son should be between -3% to 17% and my daugyhter should be between 24% to 44%. Make sure you use the charts for breastfed babies because they do grow at a different rate then formula fed babies. My son fell below -3% at one point, but the doc aksed that I bring him back in a month to check and see if it was right before a growth spurt and sure enough he shot up to 11% in a month. I guess what I am saying is look at where your child is on the charts and not what the actual weight is. For me I have the opposite problem since myh kids were born tiny.

Mayra - posted on 12/23/2009

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Thanks again to everyone!!! All of this really helps me feel better about my princess :)

Anna - posted on 12/23/2009

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I had a lot of concerns with this two. My son just turned a year old and is 25 pounds (10 less then my 2 year old). I asked the doctor and she told me he is fine and not to worry. I nurse and I have a lot of fat in my milk (more than normal), but you also have to take into consideration how much the child weighed at birth. My son was almost 10 pounds so its okay. I think that you also have to remember each child grows differently and at differnet times. My son grew a lot with in his first year as my other 4 boys didnt. Also, you shouldn't be conserned about the weight just yet....as other mothers have posted once she begins to walk she will lose some weight...and she also might stay chunkier than most in her age group for a while. Just remember she WILL think out but as of right now I wouldn't be to concerened about her weight. I hope it helps

Kimberly - posted on 12/22/2009

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my child started out kind of big but slimmed down. my cousins baby was big for awhile and was exclusively breastfed and i dont think there was ever a problem

Casey - posted on 12/22/2009

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i felt bad too my son is 11 mths and 31 pounds and 31 and a half inches long. he was 9,7 in the hospital and about 16 pounds at 3 or 4 mths. he is ebf and he does get solids but i am uaually trying to give him heathly whole grain snacks, organic foods,diluted juice if any...mostly water, and yogurts that he loves! i feel like im doing everything right but he is walking and practically running not so much crawling anymore and he is thinning out some i just dont want him made fun of :( he is the size of an 18 mth old or a 2 year old!

Geralyn - posted on 12/22/2009

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My ped told me that I was overfeeding my baby boy. It was ridiculous. Just keep up the good work... she has some growth spurts coming soon, too, so don't panick if she takes in even more....

Elizabeth - posted on 12/22/2009

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My baby girl was just like that 95th percentile in height and weight then around 6 months she slimmed down, she is very active. I would not stress it, you can not over feed a BREAST fed baby, unlike a formula feed baby. You are doing a great job!

Mayra - posted on 12/22/2009

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Thank you all SOOO much!!! I feel so much better after reading all of your feedback. I guess I do need to find a better PED. Thanks again!!!

Nicole - posted on 12/22/2009

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don't worry about the numbers. Like the other folks said, you cannnot overfeed a breastfed baby. my baby is a gigantor too- she is nearly 28lbs and 34 in and she is only 14 months. she has been totally off of the growth charts since three months.

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Sounds like a healthy baby to me! I agree with what one of the others posters said...your doctor is an idiot. Babies come in all shapes and sizes. My son was in the 90th-95th percentile in the beginning. Now he's in about the 50th. But even then, those percentile charts are stupid because they're just based on an average. Please ignore what your doctor has said and don't let it worry you. Your baby is definitely not overweight.

Becky - posted on 12/21/2009

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That doesn't sound overweight to me, especially for that length! Like others said, you can't overfeed a breastfeeding baby, because they will stop eating when they've had enough. And babies do slow down on their growth and slim down once they get more mobile. I'd just ignore your doc in this case and continue what you've been doing. You have a healthy, growing baby who obviously is getting what she needs from you!

Tamika - posted on 12/21/2009

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Your doctor is an idiot, i would suggest getting a new one. What does she suggest you do? Baby's weight sounds pretty average... and will even out when she starts moving around, crawling etc..

Brenda - posted on 12/21/2009

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You cannot overfeed a breastfed babies. They are chunkier at first and lose it faster than formula fed babies. My seven month old is 20 pounds and almost 28 inches. Your doctor is, frankly an idiot. Sorry, but so many are breastfeeding stupid. You baby does not weigh too much, do not change a thing, continue as you are doing now, and next time your doctor says that the baby weighs to much, kindly tell him/her to stick it in her ear. Sorry, I'm just fed up with inept doctors and breastfeeding idiots lately.

http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/gro...

And I would print out the chart that is linked and kindly show it to your doctor. Your baby (according to the WHO chart) is in the 75th to 90th percentile for weight of an exclusively breastfed baby. Mine is in the 95th percentile, and has been since his first checkup.

Anna - posted on 12/21/2009

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breastfed babies weigh more as infants. my son is the same way but like mandy said, you cant overfeed a breastfed baby. it makes me mad when dcs say stuff like that because we really value what they say but your baby does not weigh too much! shes healthy and it does not reflect how much shell weigh when shes older. your doing great!

Joyce - posted on 12/21/2009

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My baby was 95th percentile until he was 9 months old. He was exclusively breastfed. He slimmed down to 75% once he started crawling. Don't worry!

Jaime - posted on 12/21/2009

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Both my sons were 17+ when they were three months! And my doctor couldn't stop singing my praises!!! If you are EBF, then WAY TO GO MOMMY!!!!! You make good quality milk, and keep doing what you are doing! Maybe it is time to find a different PED that is more up to speed with breastfed babies!

Mandy - posted on 12/21/2009

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my son was llike that. as soon as he started moving, he started losing the fat. YOU CAN NOT OVER FEED A BREASTFED BABY. they all grow differently.

keep doing what you are doing

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