Gaining too much weight...

Jenny - posted on 12/02/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )




I just had my daughter's 4 month check up and she is already 16.5lbs. (birth weight was 7lbs. 6 oz). I started out breastfeeding for 3 months until I went back to work. She is now strickly on formula and eats about 30 oz a day. Her doctor doesn't want to put her on a "diet" per say but did suggest to give her water to replace a feeding. Any other suggestions on satisfying her or any other babies growing fast?? I feel bad.


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Hanna - posted on 12/03/2009




put less formula in a bottle and in another 2 weeks, start her on rice cereal. it's safe for formula-fed babies to start at 4.5 months. and from there on out, start on regular stage 1 solids (yellow veggies like butternut squash, sweet potato, apple, zucchini, banana). also, what is your baby's height to weight ratio, that's what really counts, not just how much weight she gained. my son was always a huge baby born 9 lb 4 oz & doubled his weight before 6 months, and we had to take him out of the infant car seat and put him in transitional one by 6 months. he just turned 9 months and is wearing 24 months clothes. but he's always been big-boned so used to outgrow oncies on the shoulders. now that he started crawling, he got skinnier, but he still eats for 2. i started him on solids at 4.5 months because 35-40 oz of breastmilk a day wasn't enough for him. and i tried everything in the book to increase it as well as lost half of my hair trying to keep up with him.

so just start on solids, that should fill her up a bit more and hopefully she won't need to eat as much formula. they say it should be about 24 oz of milk/formula and everything else you supplement with solids. hope this helps. good luck!

Kate - posted on 12/03/2009




Babies grow at different rates. My first was usually around the 90th percentile while my last two were smaller babies who gained weight at a slower rate (weight in the 5th - 25th percentile) but were just as healthy as my first. I would hesitate to give the baby water. I am not a physician but everything that I have ever read indicates that giving young babies water is not warranted. I have included a link to an article that references a CDC study on it.

Jasmine - posted on 12/02/2009




dont feel bad my son just turned 4 months and he already weighs 18.2 lbs and his birth weight was 6lbs. 3oz. his dr. doesnt think his weight is a problem and hes in the 97 percentile for babies his age. i dont think its a problem as long as their head circumfrence,weight and height are all close on their growth chart. i also started giving him cereal in the morning some kind of friut in the evening and cereal at night so he could sleep and it helped alot i noticed he started to use less bottles

Andrea - posted on 12/02/2009




Dear first don't feel bad... My son was 18lbs and 11oz at 4 months and he started at an even 6lbs. What I started doing was giving cereal in morning, then a half thing of fruit at lunch and then would offer a small snack later on then at dinner time i would once again offer half veg.. This helpped alot.. He sarted to hold steady and is now 2 years and 35in and 32lbs.. he is short for his age but other then that is helpped me, i started to back off on bottles.. I also started by offering juice to him in a glass but it was 1oz juice to 3oz or 4oz water.. He is doing great and started every thing like a smaller baby would do. I know i always felt bad to but i had to take a step back and look at our genes we passed on to our kids.. My hubby is 5' 11" and 220 and I am 5' 3" and 130.. My hubby was a HUGE baby.. He was almost 30lbs at 6 months old... At a year he was 45lbs so i take that and just try to make sure i only feed our kids healthy food... I keep the candy and soda and sugars away as much as i can.. this helpped us to... Be sure to ask your doctor before you try and start food or juice with your little one only being 4 months old.. I hope this is some what helpful... Take Care and Best Wishes...

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