Is my 21lbs 6month old over weight? He is soley breastfeed, and his birth weight was 9lbs 60z

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Sophie - posted on 01/03/2010

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Quoting Leticia:

does he eat other foods? if you go online and look at a baby boy growth chart it says the 21 lbs ay 6 mons is in the 95th percential, which it technically over weight. however are you and the father bigger or smaller ppl? that makes a difference too. My daughter is only 14 lb 11 oz and she's almost 11 mons. but myself and her father are real petite. what does his doctor say?



Being in the 95th percentile doesnt make him overweight! All it means is that he is on the 'larger' and of the scale. It was explained to me as- if 100 babies were put in a line in order of weight and your baby is on the 95th percentile 5 babies would be bigger the rest smaller. Hes roughly doubled his weight since birth which is exactly what it is said they should do. For the 95th percentile to exist there has to have been other babies the same!

Kristin - posted on 06/22/2011

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My pediatrician said they prefer a breastfed baby to be "overweight",to ensure they will get enough. My son has started to slim dowm=n once he got baby food. He just started crawling so he will slim down. He weighed 7lbs 14.8 oz at birth and at his 6 month check he was 20lb 10oz

Casey - posted on 12/20/2009

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Quoting Lisa:

Breastfed infants grow according to their genetics. They self-regulate. His weight is normal for him. Don't worry!



thanks lisa this could not be more true! i was in the er where i live when my son was 5 mths old because of an ear infection and the doctor who was not peadiatricss had told me he was too  big and i have been solely breastfeeding him for his whole life he will be a year in feb. he said if  i feed him when ever he acts hungry its not good. its just like a dog you can feed there bowl all day they will keep eating it. my bestfriend was there with me we both told him...we didnt think you could overfeed a breast feed baby, he was shocked we stuck up for ourselves at 19 and 20 years old! we both breastfeed. my son was 20 pounds then.

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Alexis - posted on 10/23/2013

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MY SON IS 6MOS. WAS NOT BREAST FED BUT PPL ASK ME ALL THE TIME IS HE,HE IS IN THE 99% TILE HE IS 21IB AND 28IN YES BIG BOY ,AT HIS 6MO. APPT(yesterday )HIS PEDI SAID IF HE DONT GAIN ANOTHER IB UNTIL HIS FIRST BIRTHDAY HE WOULD STILL BE RIGHT ON TRACK WOW....AT BIRTH HE WAS 6LB 12.5OZ 20IN VERY LONG .HOW I LOVE MY BIG GUY :)

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Growth charts aren't tests. You don't fail or pass at the 50th percentile!

Your baby is fine. Generally speaking, babies double their birth weight by around 5 months and triple their birth weight by 1 year. Growth slows down in the second half of the first year, so he seems well on his way to weighing around 27lbs by his first birthday. He's not overweight!

My son is 9mo and only weighs just under 20lbs, but he was just under 7lbs at birth. I expect he will be around 21lbs by 12 months. So pretty much what's expected.

Janice - posted on 06/17/2011

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Is he tall/long for his age too? Most likely when he begins crawling and walking his weight will slow down. My daughter was in the 75%ile for weight at 9 months but since then she has only gained 3 pounds. She is 19 mo. and 21lbs - the 13%ile. Its crazy how much she has slimmed down. She eats great, better than her two cousins of a similar age who are both taller. But I am very petite and my hubby isn't big so she is just starting to fit her genes. If you are you husband are tall with large bone structures then of course your son would be bigger too. I wouldn't be worried until he is a bit older.

Megan - posted on 06/16/2011

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Nope, he sounds like a perfectly healthy little guy!! Once he starts walking (heaven help you!) he'll slow up on the pounds and begin to slim out.
My son was exactly the same at 6 months, and now at 20 months he is currently only 28 pounds but 36 inches tall.

Amanda - posted on 06/16/2011

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my daugter is 8 months 21lbs 25imches 92% my doc tell me both kids are over weight my 5yr old is 45 inches and 75 lbs normal on bmi but put him on cdc chart and he is obesse he is also as tall as a ten yr old exception not the rule I dont listen to the drs bs! My kids are healthy!

Amber - posted on 01/06/2010

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my son is a big baby too.. he was 8.2 and 20 in at birth and at his two month check up was 14.6 and 24.25 in long. He is in the upper 90's for his growth and more than one dr has told me that you can not overfeed a breast fed baby.. best of luck..we tell my baby he has ham hocks for legs they are so fat:)

Megan - posted on 01/03/2010

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He sounds perfectl!! As everyone else has been saying, breastfed babies tend to gain weight a little better than ones on formula. My boy was born at 8 lbs. 11.6 oz and at his 2 month check-up had jumped to 17 lbs. 8 oz!! But the doctor said he was healthy as can be. :-)

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Dont worry about it. My son weighted exactly the same as yours did at birth. Today he is 5 months old, exclusively breastfed, and 18lbs 10oz. He only gets 4 feedings a day, so I know he isn't over fed. You are doing great!

Alanna - posted on 12/21/2009

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growth charts are only averages, if your baby is that big just on breast, good for you! i have a friend who's baby was the same way, born at a little over 10lbs, 16lbs at 2.5 months, outgrew his carseat at 5 months, and he's in the 95% too. She switched to formula after a few months though because she had dental work and was on oxycontons for like..2 weeks and lost her milk. If you're doctor's not worried, neither should you. He's normal in every other way,right?

Veronica - posted on 12/20/2009

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Sounds just like mine... 6 1/2 mo. 20 lbs, born 9.5 lbs. He's normal sweetie. Don't worry. Mine is in the 95th percentile. Count your blessings that you have a big healthy BF baby!!! :)

Neonta - posted on 12/03/2009

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My ped. said it's fine as long as it's even. So if he''s in the 95% for weight and he's around 95% for length then he's normal. You just don't want him 95% for weight and 25-50% for length then he'd be over weight. If you worried talk to your doctor. All my boys were around 95% to over 100% and they were fine because their weight was even with their length so they were just really big for their age. And I breastfed all of my kids.

CoreyAnn - posted on 12/02/2009

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I don't think you can have too much positive reinforcement, so thats why I'm saying no too. My baby was 20 lbs at six months, and now is 10 months and weighs 24 lbs. My doctor said that breastfed babies are bigger, but once they start moving around more and more they tend to slim down. Don't let the growth charts freak you out! My baby is still primarily breastfed and only eats a little baby food and is still a chunker, and I love it! she's healthy and happy and thats all that matters! Don't worry! :D When I was a baby I was HUGE but I slim down ALOT once I started walking and what not, again don't worry :)

Rachel - posted on 12/02/2009

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Sounds like he is fine! My son was 9 lbs even and was always in the top 90-95 percentile on the growth charts. At 2 years old, he's 37 inches and nearly 40 lbs, but has long grown out of his chubby baby fat stage. Some kids are just bigger due to their genetics! My son is as big as his 4 year old female cousins! As long as the kids are eating the right foods (breastmilk as infants, then introducing lots of veggies and fruits, not tons of meat, grains, dairy and sweets), we don't need to worry about them being overweight. It kills me when my friends talk about giving their babies pureed meat and dairy at 5/6 months!

Sarah - posted on 12/02/2009

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no way...he's a baby. you can't deprive a baby when they are hungry. he is a very healthy baby and great size. don't let anyone tell you different.
my daughter was 10lbs when she was born and 20lbs at 5 months. i only breast feed!!!!

Mandy - posted on 12/02/2009

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He is FINE! My baby girl is 6 months and weights 20 pounds 4 ounces. The pediatrician said she is fine and not to worry. Just goes to show how wonderful that 'liquid gold'' is! He will loose it when he starts crawling and walking...breastfed baby fat is HEALTHY!!

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my 4 month old weighs 17 lbs which is the 90 percetile he is breastfed too and his pediatrician says there is nothing wrong with it & he is very healthy. I was told you can't over feed a breastfed baby :)

Leticia - posted on 12/01/2009

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yeah i didn't notice before that he was 9lbs 6oz at birth, that's not too bad of a weight gain then

Queen Saphire - posted on 12/01/2009

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thanks guys, i guess i would have to stop worrying about that, because i didnt have any intentions of stop the breast feeding, i was told that the breast is good.

Brenda - posted on 12/01/2009

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Nope, sounds healthy to me. My son was 8 lbs 1 oz at birth. Six months: 18 lbs 12 oz. He is breastfed, and my four year old was even bigger, and he was formula fed. I have a friend with a baby who was 20 lbs at five months. Babies who are breastfed cannot be overweight. I have big babies. As long as he is healthy, he could be the micheline baby and be fine. :) BF babies lose weight fast once they start walking, so all that chunk will quickly go away. Growth charts are a bunch of bunk for BF babies. The CDC charts are wrong for BF babies, anyway. If you look at the WHO charts, it is a different story.

Elle - posted on 12/01/2009

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My baby was 9lbs 15oz at birth and is 16lbs at 3 months. She's gained about 2lbs a month. She's in the 95ish percential for weight and height. If your baby is in the top percential for weight but bottom percential for height then you should talk to his doctor. Genetics play a huge role in a baby's size - my daughter was almost 10lbs, I was over 10lbs, both my parents were over 10lbs, big babies run in the family:)

Carla - posted on 12/01/2009

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he's about the same as my 6 month old son who weighed 9lbs 4oz at birth. They will grow along a higher percentile because they were born on a higher one :)

Amber - posted on 12/01/2009

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breastfed babys are on a different growth chart then formula fed babys .. you baby is fine DONT change a thing u are doing .. my baby at 6 mo weighed 18 lbs and she is breastfed 100% so please dont change anything ... or listen to anyone telling u ur baby is overweight .Your doctor will let u know

Natalie - posted on 12/01/2009

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I think your baby is perfect just the way he is. My "little" boy was 6lbs 10ozs 21 inches at birth and for his 4 month check up he was 17.1 lbs and 27 inches! Both me and his father are above "average" height and neither of us are small framed. He is in the 100th percentile and his doctor says he is perfect. He is not "fat" but has great tone to his weight. Your baby is getting exactly what God intended for him to have (breastmilk) so how could anything be wrong with that :-)

Nicole - posted on 12/01/2009

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Quoting Leticia:

does he eat other foods? if you go online and look at a baby boy growth chart it says the 21 lbs ay 6 mons is in the 95th percential, which it technically over weight. however are you and the father bigger or smaller ppl? that makes a difference too. My daughter is only 14 lb 11 oz and she's almost 11 mons. but myself and her father are real petite. what does his doctor say?



That's why I don't like growth charts.  It doesn't take into consideration the size of the baby at birth or genetics.  If a baby gains weight within a normal range, a bigger birth weight baby is going to be in a higher percentile and a smaller baby in a lower percentile and coosidered under weight.  It is so frustrating! 



So you were right on with the genetics theory.

Nicole - posted on 12/01/2009

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No. He was 9 lb 6 oz at birth and breastfed babies are expected to gain 1-2 lbs per month for the first 6 months after the first month. So, babies gain roughly 4-7 oz the first month and 1-2 lbs after until they are 6 months and from 9 lbs 6 oz, gaining right at 7 oz the first month and 2 lbs each month thereafter would be 3 oz shy of 20 lbs. So, your baby is normal. Just on the healthier side of normal, but still very normal. You have some great breastmilk! Congrats!

Minnie - posted on 12/01/2009

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Breastfed infants grow according to their genetics. They self-regulate. His weight is normal for him. Don't worry!

Leticia - posted on 12/01/2009

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does he eat other foods? if you go online and look at a baby boy growth chart it says the 21 lbs ay 6 mons is in the 95th percential, which it technically over weight. however are you and the father bigger or smaller ppl? that makes a difference too. My daughter is only 14 lb 11 oz and she's almost 11 mons. but myself and her father are real petite. what does his doctor say?

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