Overweight Breastfed 15 mo old

Jen-nei - posted on 03/19/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 15 months old. She currently weighs 28lbs, and is almost 32 inches. I like to think its beause her dads side of the family is all 6ft+ but my Pediatrician is recommending that I stop night time feeds and im not sure what to think..she IS a big girl, but she also doesn't really drink anything at all during daycare. So confused and its starting to make me wonder if I should stop nighttime feedings.. :/
weighed 8lbs 8oz when born. She was exclusively breastfed up until 12 months. She now eats 2 meals at daycare, comes home and is just breastfed.

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Jen-nei - posted on 03/19/2015

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Yeah..i suppose you are right! I wish doctors explained things more gracefully...because I might have responded better. Thanks..you really put my mind in a better spot. Now to face the treacherous road/nightmare of night weaning..LOL. Time to read some books.

Dove - posted on 03/19/2015

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My son didn't night wean until he was 2. Breastfed on demand babies/toddlers are the weight that they SHOULD be. Your child is certainly on the big side... but she is also tall. My son also had some breast milk only days up to around 18 months (mostly whenever sick or teething). He has been 25% for height and 50% for weight since before he weaned and he is 7 now. He is exactly the size that HE should be. WHO recommends nursing til 2 years or beyond and when I nursed my son through his entire 18 month check up the ped said it was the absolute best thing I could still be doing for him. There is nothing wrong w/ encouraging night weaning if you are both ready... but other than that I would get a second opinion from a breastfeeding friendly doctor... or just ignore the 'breastfeeding advice' entirely. Encourage your child to eat regular meals and snacks, but don't worry about what she does or does not eat. She sounds FINE.

Sarah - posted on 03/19/2015

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I would agree with her doc. Not due to weight more due to development. At her age she should be eating three meals a day with two snacks. Breastfeeding is fine but if she is doing that and not eating then she is not getting the proper nutrition she needs. After 12 months then food carries more nutrition then breastmilk does for what she needs for growth and development. Restrictng the nursing would get her eating more food. At 15 months she should not be waking through the night to nurse. If she is doing that then she is filling up on milk and not eating as much on food and the food should be more then milk now. After 12 months all they need for milk is about 12 to 16 ounces a day. Which is about 3 glasses of milk.

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