My four month old eats 6 ounces every 2 or 3 hours.... he's being called chunky!

Katie - posted on 05/30/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My son at his two month check up was 12 pounds, and he is still eating every 2 hours almost on the button during the day, but sleeping through the night. The cashier at a store the other day said he was rather large for his age, and a woman that I know suggested I stopped feeding him... I know he's a little chunky, but every two hours, he becomes an angry, angry baby if he doesn't eat. I don't want him to be fat, I have my own issues with that word, but I'm wondering if I start feeding him cereal if that will help him stay fuller longer and in turn, not eat so much??? If I should start feeding him cereal, how often a day do you suggest???

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Kathryn - posted on 05/30/2011

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Are you a first time mom? Couple of things to know...



Read this article, it will make you feel a ton better http://family.go.com/parenting/article-m...



I also have some information for rice cereal...



Babies should be solely breastfed/formula until at least 6 months, when the gut begins to close. Introduction of anything besides breastmilk/formula before this age is not a good idea because it disrupts the natural gut flora and can set the baby up for allergies; since the gut is not yet closed, food particles can escape into the baby's blood which can trigger an allergic response. The 6 month minimum has has nothing to do with the safety of your water supply.



Store bought baby cereals are totally unnecessary. They're highly processed, nutrient-poor, and their high iron content can cause constipation.



In fact starting him on rice cereal would probablly have the opposite effect than you want you would have to feed him more to satisfy he growing stomach.



Stick with formula every 2 hrs.

I would not start.



Last note...

When people say that your son is chunky say yes!! When people say he hs tiny say yes!! Many people just say chunky or tiny not even knowing what an "average" child looks like.

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Kate CP - posted on 05/30/2011

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Has your DOCTOR said he's overweight? If not, tell people to STFU (politely and with a smile on your face) and enjoy those healthy, chubby baby buns.

A little chub is GOOD for babies.

Christy - posted on 05/30/2011

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Do not pay attention to people calling your baby chunky. Some babies will be chunky and that's okay.

Here's a funny story about my chunky first baby. I was a student and so was my husband. We had no income so we were on WIC, which provided my daughter's formula. There were a couple times that I was required to write down how much my daughter was eating before her monthly checkup with the WIC office. At about 9 months old I was told she was not eating enough. But she was super chunky, 25 lbs! I laughed!

So, what I have found over the years is that before my kids go through a growth spurt, they get a little belly, and then they grow into it.

My 2nd child was eating so much, I nursed him every hour from 6pm to midnight at 2 months old. At his two month checkup my doctor told me to start feeding him cereal so that he could get full and sleep! I was so excited!

So, let your boy eat! And start him on cereal or rice. If you don't want to start feeding him cereal three meals a day, then just do it at bedtime so that he sleeps better at night. Babies tend to do better when the cereal tastes like the milk they're used to, whether it's yours or formula.

Sherri - posted on 05/30/2011

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Typically at 4mo's it is fine to start cereal however, before you do I would okay it with your pediatrician. Usually just a 1-2 tbls in a day is more than sufficient. You are doing fine

Just an FYI my son was 12lbs 90zs at 2mo's and 16lbs 5ozs at 4mo's. So in NO WAY is your baby huge. Hope that makes you feel better. :)

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My son was almost 13 pounds at 2 months..... and considering that I was only 13 pounds at 13 MONTHS... I thought he was huge. ;) He was breastfed.... ALL the time. He's 31 pounds at 3 years now.

I wouldn't start solids yet. Eating every 2 hours during the day and sleeping through the night sounds fine to me.

Rosie - posted on 05/30/2011

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i would ask your doctor. i don't believe much more than a tablespoon a day is recommended at that age. cereal doesn't have much nutritional value, and formula/breastmilk is much better for him. who cares what other people think as long as the doctor thinks he's doing fine, they can piss off!! :)

Kimberly - posted on 05/30/2011

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I'm going to have to agree with everything Kathryn said. I breast fed my daughter for the first 6 months and she ate every 2-3 hours until she was 4 months old. Then it was every 4 hours until 6 months. She was a fairly chunky baby as well, but she's always been super tall too. I started to give her rice cereal at 5 1/2 months because I was so exhausted from feeding her 2-3 times in the night, I thought it would fill her up and replace the milk. It didn't. She still woke up just as many times! Please don't fill him up on cereal when all he needs is his breast milk/formula! You're doing fine as you are :)

Melissa - posted on 05/30/2011

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Hi Katie, it sounds to me like your little guy is definitely ready to try some solids like cereal. I started my first baby on cereal at 4 months and it helped him to sleep longer during day naps. I followed the advice of a book called "Save our Sleep" by Tizzie Hall. This book is all about routines to follow and when to feed both bottle and solids to your baby. It also tell you what foods to give at what age. I highly recommend it. Just make sure you see your doctor before starting any solids just to make sure everything is fine with bub. He just sounds to me like a healthy, happy boy. Good luck!

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