Reply
Exclusively breastfed baby too heavy?? Belle. { 31 weeks } Due February 14 (boy); 1 child; Alberta 5259 posts
20th Feb '13

My 3 month old weighs 19.5 lbs. I let him comfort nurse and I was wondering if I am over feeding him? I've heard you can't over feed a breast fed baby but I don't know. He seems really big for his age. Maybe do I need to eat healthier so my milk is better?

SavageDarling 3 kids; Webster, Massachusetts 10381 posts
20th Feb '13

How long is he?? My ff baby was that big but not my bf baby.
Either way i don't think he's too big, all babies grow differently. I'm sure he's fine. Does he take a pacifier at all??

AwkwardTurtle 34 kids; Syracuse, NY, United States 2085 posts
20th Feb '13

My exclusively BF baby was always so big for his age (90th percentile). As he got older he dropped down in percentile over time. Hes almost 5 and average in height and weight now. I dont think you can over feed a BF baby.

Captain Obvious 2 kids; Havana, Cuba 25634 posts
20th Feb '13

My 1st BF baby was 21 lbs at his 4 month appointment. He looked like a little michelin man! haha



But he started lengthening out after he started walking and is not fat at all now at 4-1/2. I wouldn't worry about it!

Mutha. TTC since Jan 1995; 3830 posts
20th Feb '13

My DD was EBF. She was always pretty small. She is now 2 & weighs about the same as your baby.

Belle. { 31 weeks } Due February 14 (boy); 1 child; Alberta 5259 posts
20th Feb '13

He is 25.5 inches! And yeah he looks like a little Michelin man. Too funny :)

SavageDarling 3 kids; Webster, Massachusetts 10381 posts
20th Feb '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Belle.:</b>" He is 25.5 inches! And yeah he looks like a little Michelin man. Too funny :)"</blockquote>




He just sounds like a big healthy boy. How big was he at birth?

Belle. { 31 weeks } Due February 14 (boy); 1 child; Alberta 5259 posts
20th Feb '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting SavageDarling

Denise87 Due April 6 (girl); Indiana 321 posts
20th Feb '13

My little boy was FF not BF but he was 14lb 6oz at 6 weeks old so no I would say your baby is fine. The ped tried to tell me I had to put him on a diet... so we found a new Dr :)

SavageDarling 3 kids; Webster, Massachusetts 10381 posts
20th Feb '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Belle.:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting SavageDarling

A is Me 1 child; South Carolina 3782 posts
20th Feb '13

Breast fed babies gain more weight faster in the first three months and slow down after that til the first year.



You can't over feed your bf baby.



Alot of doctors use the CDC growth chart which is based on American formula fed babies' growth patterns. The WHO ( World Health Organization) has a growth chart compiled from the growth patterns of mainly BREASTFED babies from six countries. This is the chart pedis should use to chart growth of BREASTFED babes. Because there is a great difference in how formula fed vs. breast fed infants grow.



It happens way too often that pedis tell mothers of perfectly healthy BFing babies that their baby is gaining too much in the first few months, and then as they get older these same mothers are told that their baby has fallen off their growth curve and is gaining too little. This spread of misinformation and unnecessarily guilty mothers could all be avoided by using the correct growth chart depending on how an infant is fed.



End novel :)

Belle. { 31 weeks } Due February 14 (boy); 1 child; Alberta 5259 posts
20th Feb '13

Oh really?? Good to know!