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December 17th, 2012, 10:47 AM
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My mom called after I e-mailed a recent photo of Elijah. She laughed and said he's too fat and is so fat he looks uncomfortable and to feed him less. She also jokingly said to give him water sometimes instead of BM. She seemed to think it was cute, but it did make me wonder if he is too fat. Can a baby gain too much weight from breastmilk? I always thought they couldn't.

He weighed 16 pounds 4.5 ounces at his two-month check-up. He was 23.5 inches long. To compare, he was 8 lbs. 15 oz. and 22.5 inches at birth (although the length was slightly less according to the pediatrician at his first check-up). He wears size 3 diapers and 3-6 month clothes are starting to get too small and we have now started buying 6-9 month clothing. Anyway, when the pediatrician saw him, she told me he looks just beautiful. She seemed very happy with his progress and did not say anything about his weight.

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December 17th, 2012, 10:48 AM
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Wow.. That is pretty heavy! But I would tend to think that they can't "overeat" on BM. I mean, you can't let him go hungry if he wants to nurse, right?? Interesting question and I hope someone else chimes in!
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December 17th, 2012, 10:54 AM
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No way!! Do not give him water like she is suggesting. Water for newborns can be very dangerous. He gets everything he needs from your milk and he is regulating exactly how much he needs. You cannot overfeed a breastfed baby.

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December 17th, 2012, 10:58 AM
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Wow.. That is pretty heavy! But I would tend to think that they can't "overeat" on BM. I mean, you can't let him go hungry if he wants to nurse, right?? Interesting question and I hope someone else chimes in!
I feed on demand as that is what I've heard is best. I've also been told he won't overeat on BM.

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No way!! Do not give him water like she is suggesting. Water for newborns can be very dangerous. He gets everything he needs from your milk and he is regulating exactly how much he needs. You cannot overfeed a breastfed baby.
Oh, don't worry, I would never give him water!! I have also heard that is dangerous and completely unnecessary.

I agree with everything you said, but I do worry he is too fat at times.
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December 17th, 2012, 11:06 AM
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Thanks for the reassurance... I really needed it.
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December 17th, 2012, 11:29 AM
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nah! I think hes perfect! I would think your pediatrician would have said something if she was concerned...
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December 17th, 2012, 11:34 AM
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Nope, you are following what's natural and so don't second guess. My second was 10.9 lbs when he was born and at 15 lbs at a month. He was like 26 lbs at a year. He is a big boy now. Not fat at all, just solid and really strong!

There is a mama in my Le Leche League chapter whose 4 month old weighs like 24 lbs and he is in size 2T. It was really hard not to stare!
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December 17th, 2012, 11:49 AM
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Nope, nope, nope. Babies are supposed to be chubby. Definitely don't give water in place of BM. He needs every ounce of his food to be nutritious to help him grow and develop.
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December 17th, 2012, 11:54 AM
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nah! I think hes perfect! I would think your pediatrician would have said something if she was concerned...
My thoughts, exactly.


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Nope, you are following what's natural and so don't second guess. My second was 10.9 lbs when he was born and at 15 lbs at a month. He was like 26 lbs at a year. He is a big boy now. Not fat at all, just solid and really strong!

There is a mama in my Le Leche League chapter whose 4 month old weighs like 24 lbs and he is in size 2T. It was really hard not to stare!
Wow, that's big!!!

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Nope, nope, nope. Babies are supposed to be chubby. Definitely don't give water in place of BM. He needs every ounce of his food to be nutritious to help him grow and develop.
I love chubby babies, lol. I think the suggestion of giving water to babies is a generational thing.

A couple of members said their pediatricians said the babies were a little too large (I don't think they were as big as Elijah, but I could be wrong) and to cut back on the feedings. From what I could tell, they were bottle fed. Is that why they were given this advice?
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He is perfect and getting exactly what he needs. Most babies are chubby at one point or another, but when they become mobile they'll lose the rolls
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