Am I overfeeding my son?

Alee - posted on 05/11/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I took my son to the pediatrician at 8 weeks and he weighed 14.9lbs and measured 24 1/2, she stated that he was too big (fat) for his age. At that time, he was drinking 5oz every 3-4hrs. She said I was overfeeding him, to give him 4oz and give him water in-between feedings. That he should at least be feeding every 4hrs and only weigh at least 12lbs. Well, my son is now 10 weeks and 4oz just doesn't seem to fill him up. I'm scared that she will tell me at his next visit that I am overfeeding him or that he is fat. The people at the WIC center said the same thing... I feel sooo helpless. Has anyone else been through something similar?

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Chrystal - posted on 05/11/2012

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I'd get another doctor. Your son should be fed on demand as much as he needs to be full. My girl ate 5oz bottles every 2-3 hours at that age. My boy was still breastfed at 8 weeks but he was eating constantly and when we switched to formula at 3 months he ate 5oz every 2-3 hours. Both my kids are healthy kids. My boy was a big baby but as soon as he started to crawl he thinned out. It is way to early to be worrying about your sons weight just feed him when he's hungry and get a new doctor.

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Medic - posted on 05/11/2012

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No one should be turning this into a vax debate.......no where in the Op's post did she even ask your opinion on the matter.

Medic - posted on 05/11/2012

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Alee- It is far more dangerous to give him water. I fed my kids on demand and they ate 4-6oz every 2.5-4 hours. Babies will not over eat, that is a learned behavior. Also screw what wic says, I ALWAYS had to buy extra formula at the end of EVERY month for my kids.

Alee - posted on 05/11/2012

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Thank you sooooo much! I feel way better and I will definitely change his doctor!!! Happy early Mother's Day (:

Elfrieda - posted on 05/11/2012

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If you're not forcing him to finish the bottle when he's not interested, and he's not throwing up after eating, you're not overfeeding him. Why would they even say that? Some kids pack on the pounds and then grow taller, my son has been doing that since the beginning. When he was 9 months old he was past the line that says how heavy even the heaviest babies are! And then he stayed that weight for the next 6 months while he grew longer. Now he's doing it again. He's almost 2 and a half years old, and he's the same weight as he was at 18 months, just taller.



And by the way, the doctor said that even though my son was so fat and round, I still shouldn't cut back on his food, I should just be cautious that I'm feeding him when he's hungry and stop when he's full. And obviously it worked fine. Please don't worry about what they say, I'm sure your baby is perfect and if he's hungry, you should feed him.

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Okay, I'm going to have to say about this one...My son was almost 11 lbs at birth. I have 6 children and I fed them as much as they wanted. I breast fed my children in the beginning and about every 2 hours they were eating. When I started to bottle feed, It seemed that they ate about 5-6 oz every 3-4 oz. Your baby will tell you when they are hungry. If your baby acts like he is hungry still after giving him 4 oz and used to 5 oz. Then I would give him 5 oz.
First of all not every baby is going to weigh the same at the same age. They all are different. I guess since my son was almost 11 lbs at birth...he was way to much overweight at that age. Besides , when your baby gets a little bigger and starts rolling over and moving around, some of that weight is going to disappear. If you feel comfortable with giving your son 5 oz of formula, then give it to him. Is he throwing up afterwards? If not, then you are not overfeeding him. If a baby is being overfed, he will throw it up and sometimes they will even throw some of it up too, if they aren't burped.
Some peditricians are plain out stupid and they think you don't know a thing, same as the wic place. I took my son to the drs one time because his belly was blowed up. Didn't know what was wrong with him, all he did was say his stomach hurt. Well come to find out , it was air on his colon. He has gas. Well the dr said he didn't look right and he needed to be seen by a peditrition.I ended up taking him to a peditrition and that peditrician said he was perfectly healthy and nothing was wrong with him.
To me this peditrician is trying to give you a hard time and it's stupid as I don't know what. THe wic place is right down rediculous sometimes too. They have to say stuff to you, because they think you don't know what is best for your baby. Not all babies are the same. If they all were the same...well they all , including us would diffently be boring..!
Don't feel helpless. You are doing right on feeding your baby what he wants.Your baby will loose weight when he starts moving around. My cousing has a little girl that's around 20 some lbs and her baby is only 5 months old and everyone says her baby is too big. It's stupid.They need to look at what's important...they are healthy and happy.
Watch what these people tell you, because it's not always right. It's just like the immunization shots. They don't tell you the side effects of them and that most of them are live viruses put in your babies and some babies die from it. I don't give shots to my children,Everyone has the right that they don't have to. My children hasn't gotton sick or anything. Besides maybe a cold. No measle, chicken pox and so on. I don't want to give them something thats' in these shots; Look it up. Babies are dying from it and even getting bad side effects from them shots. They also say you have to have the shots to put your kids in school..No you don't.
Don't listen to everything you hear and being told, study it yourself. good luck. Your baby sounds good and i wouldn't change his feedings.

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