Too much weight gain?

Raven - posted on 06/04/2010 ( 69 moms have responded )

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My daughter was born on March 31st [I just barely got to be part of this group! :) ] She weighed 6 pounds 10 ounces at birth. At her doctor visit yesterday she weighed 11 pounds 3 ounces and the doctor told me she thought she was overeating. I was wondering what other moms thought. How much do your March babies weigh? If shr is overeating what can I do about it? I breastfeed, btw.

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Melissa - posted on 06/18/2010

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My baby was born march 31stas well and he weigh 5 pounds 6 oz and for his 2 months he weighed 11pounds 4 oz and the doctor said he was perfect baby. they told me they were not suppose to double their weight till 2 month. i did have one doctor tell me ehwas gaining too fast. i only give him 4 ounces every few hours, he has acid reflu so he thinks he is starving all the time. i agree all babies are different. heis only 2 half month now and teething.

Jennifer - posted on 06/22/2010

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my daughter weighed 8 lbs 9 ozs at birth (march 5) and weighed 15 lbs 14 ozs at 2 1/2 mths, she prob weighs 17 lbs by now, my dr says a chubby baby means her brain is growing well.

Misty - posted on 06/21/2010

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My son was born on March 6th and he weighed 8lbs 14oz @ birth, and he weighed 13lbs @ his2 mo visit.

Jessica - posted on 06/17/2010

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To the mother thinking her child was thirsty... babies don't know thirst until they are exposed to beverages. Babies who are exposed to juice and/or food other than formula or breastmilk before 6 months are at an increased risk for intestinal issues, as well as food allergies than those who are not given anything other than BM or formula until 6 months.

I have a medical background, and babies do not need anything else until at least 6 months. They will be completely satisfied, sleep through the night and have a lot fewer problems down the road if you wait.

Elaine - posted on 06/12/2010

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... also, recommended growth for a breastfed baby is 5-7oz per week, and you measure from baby's LOWEST weight after birth, not their birth weight. (Babies can lose up to 10% of their birth weight after birth, before starting to regain, w/o problems, and it's considered NORMAL to do so.)

Calculating from your birth weight to your current weight, is EXACTLY 7oz. So you're within normal range (though on the high side), even without taking into account that the starting point should be a bit lower.

So don't worry and don't change a thing - you're doing everything right! (And since your dr doesn't seem to be as familiar with BF babies, do some research on your own. It'll increase your peace of mind :)

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Sara - posted on 04/14/2017

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Hi, I have been advised to start drinking some weight loss tea along with light exercises (I'm a busy mom of two and can't go gym). I used to drink mummy magic weight loss tea and got my pre-baby body shape after losing 34 lbs. It's an organic blend that also helped maintaining my supply (LO is BF)

Racheal - posted on 06/19/2010

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My son was born March 25th and he went to the doctor 4 days ago and weighed 13 pounds and 12 ounces. I bottle feed, but I wished I would have breast fed now! His doctor told me he is a healthy baby. He eats 8 ounces every three hours now! He is a little pig! lol.

He was 19.5 inches long when he was born and he is a little over 24 inches now! :) They grow up too fast!!

Briana - posted on 06/18/2010

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At my son's 2 month well check up he was 11lbs 8oz and was born March 16th at 8lbs 3oz. They told me he was on the lower end of the weight scale, but he is also very long. He is breastfed as well.

Geraldine - posted on 06/18/2010

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hey my baby was born 11th of march and she weigh 11 pound 9 ounces.... dont listen to them people alll babies are different....not all can be the same weight all the time....my friends baby is a stone and he is five months but she was like that when she was a baby, My baby was also on sma stay and that bloated her away out so the health visitor said the same to me and i said to her then why prescribe the food for her and she hadnt got a reply.......they say not to spoon feed your baby too soon just give them more milk and when you do you get the blame of over feeding themmm.......so confusing them people are.....

Jennifer - posted on 06/18/2010

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My daughter was born 3rd March 2010 and was 6lb 11oz and was weighed this Monday at 12lb 10oz. The Dr. said she's a little over the "average" weight for her age but she didn't think it was a problem at all. I am also nursing (exlusively). She suffers from Acid Reflux so tends to bring up a lot of her feeds so I am grateful that she has gained weight so well to be honest. No disrespect to your doctor but many don't understand breast feeding. I am still in contact with a La Leche League group and the Lactation Consultant from the hospital I delivered at and I find that extremely useful and go by their advice quite a lot of the time. The advice I have been given from the group I go to is that the baby will take what she needs....end of. Best of luck!

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my boy was born march 2nd and weighed 15lb a week ago! only breastfeeding so far and he likes to eat!!

Lana - posted on 06/17/2010

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My little one was also born on March 31st. He weighed 9 pounds 3 ounces and 22 inches at birth. When he went for his 2 month check up he weighed in at 15 pounds 2 ounces and was 24 and 3/4 inches long. The doctor told me that he was in the 98th percentile for his weight and that he had not gained too much weight, which was a big concern of mine. He was breast fed and formula fed for the first month but now he is strictly on formula. He is currently taking 4 and half ounces every two to three hours during the day.

Genevieve - posted on 06/17/2010

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I think youre fine. If your daughter isnt vomiting her milk then she is fine.

My daughter was born 7 lbs 4 oz she left the hospital at 6lbs 11 oz and she weighted 12.5 lbs on june 1st. She is a very long baby though. I asked her doctor if she was eating too much and his response was if she isnt throwing it but then what are you going to do starve her. It makes perfect sense to me.

My daughter eats between 30-45 oz of breast milk a day. Its a lot of milk and I was worried. However, she sleeps through the night now and is barely fussy.

Nicole - posted on 06/15/2010

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My son weighed 6lbs and 13oz at birth at his last appt he weighed 12lbs 13oz, the Dr didnt say anything like to me just said he was good and that he was healthy. I both breastfeed and bottle feed.

Luci - posted on 06/14/2010

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oh but thing I did do was I started to wonder if sometimes he was actually hungry or just thirsty... So when I know he just got plenty to eat, like killed 8 ounces only a half hour ago, I give him a couple of ounces of water or even some diluted Juice. That helps alot. I don't buy the crap about babies only needing formula or bm. I mean thats FOOD are you telling me you never get thirsty when your not hungry?? I do limit his juice/water intake to only twice a day at most so that I know he is still getting enough to eat. There was another mom who said if she was overeatting she'd spit up and thats true, If there was too much in her belly she would have a belly ache. If she doesn't then I would think she'd be fine/. The only time you should worry is when babies are underweight.

Luci - posted on 06/14/2010

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no... babies dont really overeat and thats not too bad at all my son was 8lbs at birth (3/9) and hes now a little over 16lbs. But hes proportioned well and everything. My husband was the same way and when he hit about 3 he shot up into a string bean as my MIL says lol. I wouldnt worry about it yet

Stephanie - posted on 06/14/2010

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I am a ftm and my daughter was born on March 28 at 6lbs 10oz. At her 2mo appt. she weighed 10lbs 2oz. I am exclusively breastfeeding an my doctor didn't think much of it...she only said that most babies don't double there birth rate until 6mo. Other than that she said if she is hungry feed her... I don't know how a baby can overeat...my daughter pushes the bottle out of her mouth with her tongue or starts laughing and cooing while playing with the nipple when she is done eating. Like everyone else said, every baby is different. I doubt she is or will be obese...

Ashley - posted on 06/14/2010

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glory was born march 20, weighing 7.3 and last week she was 12.12, my doctor said she was fine.

Fiona - posted on 06/14/2010

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my son was born 8lbs 11 0z and at his two month check up he was 12lbs 7 oz and the doctor didnt say anything, he was actually growing at a normal rate, wouldnt worry about it, i dont think she is overeating will let you know if hungry or not hope this helps

Leina - posted on 06/14/2010

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My second son was born on March 5th. He weighed 7lbs 8oz. and was 20" long. We went to the dr's. on June 7th and he now weighs 15lbs 3oz. and is 26" long. He is a breastfed only baby. I thought he was overeating too and my dr. reassured me that he is perfectly healthy and not to worry. Some days it seems like he does nothing but eat and then on others he'll sleep most of the day and nurse only a few times.

Sarah - posted on 06/13/2010

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No reason to worry when breastfeeding! Babies cannot overeat when breastfed! Another benefit to it! My son born March 5th at 7lbs 3oz. Now at just over three months he is 15.5 lbs. No reason to worry! He's healthy!

Marissa - posted on 06/12/2010

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My son was born on March 5th and weighed 8lbs 11oz at 2 months he was 13lbs 9oz and the pediatrician wasn't worried at all. I was however, so i'm glad I read this post! My little guy isn't the only little chunky monkey out there!

Elaine - posted on 06/12/2010

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Breastfed babies can't really overeat - sounds like your dr is mostly familiar with bottle-babies. Ask if he's using the weight chart for formula or breastmilk... 'cause they ARE different.

Breastfed babies gain faster (usually) until they start solids, and then drop off a bit more. Just continue exclusively feeding breastmilk until at LEAST 6mo, and you should be fine. (Also, don't suppliment, especially iron, as that will mess your poor little one up.)

Kellymom.com has a LOT of this information, plus more - and it also includes the references to scientific studies, WHO, AAP, and the CDC as appropriate.

Keli - posted on 06/12/2010

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I have a similar story. My girl was born 3/26 and weighed 6.13 ounces. At her 2 month checkup she weighed 11.3 also. Probably more now! Her eating has tapered off this last week and I think before she was going through a growth spurt. My Dr. said she was healthy. I have been feeding formula sincwe 8 weeks. I don't think a breastfed baby can overeat.

Casey - posted on 06/12/2010

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My daughter was born March 26, 2010. She weighed 10lbs 5oz and was 21 inches long. We went to her two month check up yesterday and she weighed 16lbs 8oz and was 24 inches long. She is a big girl. She takes after her father who was was 10lbs 6oz when he was born. And the doctor said she was healthy and never said anything that she was over eating and she is in the 95th percentile of her age bracket. And she'll run the weight off when she starts crawling and walking and is able to be more active. I wouldn't worry about her over eating. She's just a healthy baby with a healthy appetite.

Ashley - posted on 06/11/2010

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My baby girl was 4 weeks prem and weighed 5lb 15oz at birth, 46 cms long. She is now 3 months old and weighs 13lbs 6oz! She isnt very long so shes very chubby but my son was the same, hes now 3 and a normal sized, healthy boy. They tend to lose the weight when they start to get active. I wouldnt worry about it,it's better for babies to be slightly overweight than under, and you're breastfeeding, so good on you, you must have very good, nutricious milk!

Mary - posted on 06/11/2010

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My little girl was born the 4th and weighed 6lbs 13ozs. She now weighs about 15lbs. Her doctor wasn't concerned about her weight gain. She was breastfed till about 3 weeks ago. She started refusing to nurse. Anyway, my sons were big babies too and now they're right where they should be. Both were breastfed too and they gained weight rapidly. Weight shouldn't be an issue till they're older. I wouldn't worry about it. All babies are different. My niece is two weeks older than my daughter and she barely weighs 10lbs.

Rosita - posted on 06/11/2010

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my daughter was born march 23rd and she weighed 12 lbs 11 oz at her last visit which was a couple of weeks ago . i think that they know best of when to stop when they're full & only eat when they're hungry. my daughter was 8 lbs & 4 oz when she was born

Sarah - posted on 06/10/2010

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my daughter was 7lbs 7oz when she was born mar 31st. at her 2mo check up on may 27th she was 10lbs 4 oz...my dr didnt say anything about it. i am exclusively breastfeeding. ive read and been told many things...if they are hungry they are hungry feed them, they know when they are full, etc. and being a nursing mom i wanna keep it up as long as i can so i feed when she tells me its time and i dont go more than 3hrs at a time without her eating which only happens if shes sleeping (unless its night time in which case she goes 4hrs then about every 2 anyways...). i wouldnt worry about it. breastfeeding is the best thing for ur lil one...dont get discouraged. if it bothers you too much maybe switch drs and see what they say. i wouldnt let one opinion get to ya...

Mandy - posted on 06/10/2010

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my daughter was born march 18 and shes 13 almost 14 lbs now. she was 7 lbs 10 oz at birth, my doctor said shes just a big healthy baby. if you type in 'baby weight percentile calculator' in google u can see what percentile your daughter falls in. i would just be thankful shes gaining :)

Jill - posted on 06/10/2010

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My little girl was born March 2nd and weighed 6lb, 14oz...At her 3 month checkup she weighed 13lb.4oz. and the Dr. said she was doing great!

TeBeth - posted on 06/10/2010

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ok. if u breastfeed sheds not overeating. i have my own lactation consultant thru la leche. ill take her phd in breastfeeding over my doc opinion any day. u dont tell a baby she cant eat. thats just telling her that u wont meet her needs. gabrielle was 9lbs 2.3 oz 22 in and born march 1st. shes now 25 in and 22lbs. she gained all her weight and height within the first 2 months. shes since slowed donw know bc her groth spurt is over. shes in the top 90% for her age and development. its normal for breastfed babies. it just means your baby is very HEALTHY & STRONG!!!!!!!!! :- )

Glenda - posted on 06/10/2010

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My little girl Adah was born March 17th and was 5 lbs 14 oz and she packed it on FAST. She is breastfed also exclusively. She went from below average to above in 3 wks! Now weighs 13 lbs and is almost 3 months. Of course a docter will tell you that but a baby nurses on demand and it's crucial for them to eat when need be. That's what I read in a breastfeeding book.

Cindy - posted on 06/10/2010

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My daughter was also born 3/31/10 and weighed 5 lb, 15 oz at birth. She dropped to 5 lb, 5 oz at her first checkup. At 2 month check she weighed 10 lb, 10 oz. My pediatrician was really pleased with her weight gain and assured me that babies at this age still have that instinct to stop eating when they're full.

Shanika - posted on 06/10/2010

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My daughter was also born on 3.31.10 and she weighed 6lbs 1oz at birth, she's now at about 12 pounds and the doctor said she is growing wonderfully. I breastfeed as well and also supplement sometimes with formula.

Eureka - posted on 06/10/2010

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Hi, Some babies are just hungry, my grandson weighs 17lbs at 3 months he was born March 1st, the doctors told me that once he starts walking, and running that baby weight will fall off, I would not worry about it, you baby is healthy.

Rosy - posted on 06/09/2010

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I don't think they can really eat too much when they're this little, how odd for your doctor to say that! Lachlan was born on March 23rd and weighed 7lb11oz and last time I weighed him was 5 days ago and he weighed 13lb exact. Sounds like she's gaining a normal (well, good actually!) amount of weight to me, don't worry about it hun xx

Jessica - posted on 06/09/2010

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my son was born on the 31st as well... he was 8lb 3 oz at birth and at his 2 month check he weighed 13lb 8oz, which is more of a weight gain... our ped said he was a healthy boy. If she has had that much gained, then it means she is getting enough to eat when nursing and thriving!

Kimberly - posted on 06/09/2010

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My daughter was born March 3rd and at her 2 month check up she was 11 lbs 7 oz. My doc never said anything about her weight, he said she is healthy and perfect. I would worry about her weight. At this age they eat on demand, so when they are hungry they will eat. As long as she is gaining and not loosing, i wouldn't worry. Good Luck :)

Amanda - posted on 06/09/2010

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My son was born on March 5, 2010 he weighed 9lbs 5oz and at his 2 month check up he weighed 13lbs 9oz.. so now he's 3 months and i'd say he goes about 15lbs or more.. and he eats 4oz every 2 hrs... unless he's sleeping... but i bottle feed my baby...

Katharine - posted on 06/09/2010

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Also...if she over eats most likely she will just spit up what she can't hold in her belly anyways!

Katharine - posted on 06/09/2010

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My twin girls were born on March 16th and one was 5lbs 15oz and the other was 5lbs 8oz. They are now 13lbs and 12lbs! My 13lber is at almost the 80th percentile...so she's a little big for her age...but my 12lber is at the 50th percentile and is at the average weight. Don't worry about "overeatting" if she's hungry feed her! I mean seriously...what does the doctor want you to do? Make her scream cause she wants something in that little tummy and she "thinks" she is starving? I feel that sometimes doctors only look at numbers...and not really the day to day lifestyles of their patients!

Kelsey - posted on 06/09/2010

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My son was born March 30 and was 7 lbs 2 oz. At his last appt. a weeka ago he was 11 lbs 3 oz. My doctor didn't think he was overeating. He said that he was gaining the right amount.

Marcy - posted on 06/09/2010

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I have twin boys, and at their two month appointment, one weighed 11 lb 7 oz, and the other was 11 lb 12 oz. My doctor was thrilled with their weights. I don't think there's such a thing as babies overeating. They know when they're full, and they let you know.

Meredith - posted on 06/08/2010

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I would get a second opinion if I were you! That sounds ridiculous! My first child was very similar in her weight gain (also a breastfed baby) and the doctor was thrilled with it. She is now a very healthy 4 yr old. Some doctors always seem to have something to complain about. At my last visit the doctor said that my 2 month old was not gaining enough weight and she is in the 90th percentile for weight. I have learned to trust my instincts as a mother and take some of what is said at those visits with a grain of salt. They see your baby for a few minutes every couple of months and you are with her every day.

Keli - posted on 06/08/2010

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I think you are fine! My daughter was born on March 22 and weighed 6lbs 14oz. She's almost 11 lbs now and I solely breastfeed as well. Our doctor told us she was right on target of where she needed to be. I would worry more if she wasn't getting enough and gaining weight adequately.

Morgan - posted on 06/08/2010

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I agree with Cassandra, also. And who knows, you could have some very nutritional breast milk, as well. Well done!! lol

Morgan - posted on 06/08/2010

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My daughter was born on March 15th at 9lbs 1oz and at her 2 month appt she weighed 11lbs 14oz so she gained nearly 3 lbs by 2 months old. To be quite honest I didn't know that it was possible for newborns to overeat. I did the same as you, Raven, and I breastfed my daughter whenever she was hungry. Do you use a breast pump at all?! If you do maybe you can make an eating schedule; feed her every 2 hrs and give her about 4-6oz. at each feeding. However if you feed right from your breast it's really hard to know how much you're giving her so you could possibly just feed every 2 hrs and she'll take what she can get. The thing is, when children are breastfed, it helps prevent childhood obesity and adult obesity so I'm sure your daughter will be just fine. A lot of babies get really chunky and then they thin out when they become more mobile. Good luck with everything!

Cassandra - posted on 06/08/2010

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Babies instinctively know to eat what they need. Perhaps the large weight gain was because your baby started on the small side. Your baby needed to eat a lot to get to the healthy size she is now. You will probably see a little less of a gain the next time in.

Cassandra - posted on 06/08/2010

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My baby was born March 28. We we are just a couple days apart. She was a little bigger at birthday, 8lbs 3oz. She now weights 12 lbs 9oz. She is pretty chunky, with a rolly polly belly and rolls on her legs, and she is also breastfed exclusively. My dr said not to worry about overeating or over weight when they are infants. He said we want to see healthy appetite and weight. I agree with the other moms in saying, if they are hungry, they should eat. Breastmilk is pure nutrician. It does not have the suguar and fat that grown up food has to make us overweight.

Kristine - posted on 06/08/2010

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That's not overeating at all. I know several other Marchies, including my own, who all weighed 12 or 13 lbs at the 8 week appt, and they started at like 7 and 8 lbs. Also, one baby born in April weighted 5lb 9oz and he's up to over 11lbs at his 9 week appt! Don't worry about it at all!!!!!

Kelly - posted on 06/07/2010

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Hi my name is Kelly and my boy was born on 14th of march ... i was actually due on the 31st lol
I don't believe that a baby will over eat ... if they have too much milk they will spew a bit back up again - they eat what they need and if that means she is putting on a good amount of weight then good. She only needs to get sick and she can loose a lot - and what do they expect you to do .... starve her???
It sounds like your doing the right thing and your bub is healthy and happy xxx

Yolanda - posted on 06/07/2010

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my daughter was born on 3/10/2010, she was 7# 21 inches. when she left the hospital she was 6# 9oz her 1mth check up she was almost 10# and on her 2 month visit she was almost 13. they said shes just a good eater. i was strictly breastfeeding. they said shes in th 90-95th percentile for weight

Patricia - posted on 06/07/2010

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My daughter was born March 25th weighting 7lbs.5oz. At her 2 month appt she weighed 13.5lbs and 24 inches long. My doc was not concerned at all. I don't think that's too much. Every baby is different.

Christin - posted on 06/07/2010

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My son was born March 24, and he weighed 6 lbs 14 oz at birth. He had his two month check up two weeks ago and he weighed 11 lbs 6 oz...he was 50% percentile for his age and size. My doctor told me he was okay just as long as he wasn't eating over 6 oz at a time. The nurse told me he doubled in size probably because he was such a small baby when he was born.

Maybe that will help :)

I breastfreed too, by the way.

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