Large baby

Danielle - posted on 07/09/2013 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Ok, so my son went to his four month checkup and they put him on the scale and went woah! 18lbs 9ozmy baby boy is, for reference he is 25 1/2 inches. I'm exclusively breastfeeding every three hours, though admittedly he is a comfort nursing around nap/bedtime. Should I stop comfort nursing? Is his weight unhealthy? The Dr. said we will re evaluate when he starts moving (she's hopeful that he'll start to slow down in the weight gain department then) but I can't tell you how many friends and family members question me.

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Diane - posted on 07/13/2013

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My son was 16.75lbs and 25 1/2 inches at that age, we weren't too worried though as my husband is 6ft and I was off the charts until I stopped growing at 2yrs for a year due to meds for seizures. They usually stop gaining quite so much when they start moving. The only reason he didn't weigh more is he was playing catch up after we realised he had a gluten intolerance and I'd quit gluten.

Lori - posted on 07/10/2013

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oh... and just as a side note....

I've found it mildly interesting that it seems no matter what the weight issue is with the baby... it must be the breast milk. Baby is bigger than average, must be nursing too much, or must be something wrong with moms milk. Baby is too small/ or smaller than average: must be something wrong with moms milk. Better feed formula. Argh!!!!

Babies come in all different sizes. Just like adults come in all different sizes. Percentiles give you a point of comparison to others... but they really have to be taken with a grain of salt. What's a healthy weight for one baby is not necessarily a healthy weight for another baby.

Anyhow: back to my first comment. You're doing great!

Lori - posted on 07/09/2013

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Breastfeeding on demand is GOOD. It sounds like you're doing just fine! Breastfed babies generally grow faster than formula fed babies for the first 3 months of life, then they tend to slow down more than formula fed babies.

I would NOT change anything. And I would NOT stop comfort nursing. Any extra weight he lays down due to breastmilk is much healthier weight than extra weight laid down from formula.

ALSO - you canNOT overfeed a breastfed baby. You can overfeed a bottle fed baby regardless of whats in the bottle (breastmilk or formula). But if baby is nursing directly from the breast, then baby will not over eat. He will be getting the exact right amount of food for HIM.

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Cheyanne - posted on 07/15/2013

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What did he weigh at birth and at one month??? My son weighed 6lbs 4oz at birth and 9lbs 4oz at one month. Does this mean he could be on the way to being that big??? I'm breastfeeding too I'm not concerned if he may possibly get that big I'm just trying to get an idea of what his weight will be.

Danielle - posted on 07/11/2013

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Thank you both soooo much! You're right Lori without fail it goes back to the breast milk. Or something mom is doing wrong. And then, inevitably we moms start to question ourselves. As I'm typing this I glanced to the right of my screen and see related conversations with a surprising number of moms asking my same question! Everyone keeps telling me that breastfed babies don't gain as much weight as formula fed and are shocked to see my son is so large, but if that's true then why are so many moms asking the same question! ugh!

Celeste - posted on 07/10/2013

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I agree with Lori. You're doing GREAT! Don't change a thing. Totally fine to comfort nurse and nurse on demand.

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