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Hugs mama. I would have responded the exact same way!
I'm surprised no one has told me that Zack is to big for his age. He is my chunky butt and no joke he was bigger than a baby who was born May 17th (he was born june 28th). He goes thursday to be weighed again and I would not be surprised if he has surpassed my cousins daughter who was born april 4th lol
My Mom tells me Elli needs cereal soon as well. I usually start cereal at 4 months - so we have until October 8. She also tells me to watch for her getting too fat as fat cells grow at this time. Of course this is what she tells me AFTER watching Elli during the day while I work and reporting the 5 ounce bottles ever 2 1/2 hours When Elli screams for milk, Grammy gives it. I am pumping pumping pumping in an effort to keep up.
I really don't think Elli is THAT big
Don't put your baby on a diet. At this age, being "fat" really isn't an issue. If shes hungry, feed her (I know it is hard on your pumping). Lilah weighs 12lbs now but she has fat rolls on her thighs and a friend of mine mentioned her being fat.
Chubby babies cuddle better. They lean out when they start crawling.
At my breastfeeding group yesterday, the lactation consultant said that babies self regulate their food. They only eat when they are hungry, and they stop when they're not. Chubby babies are just a sign that they're getting all the nutrients they need, and that once they start crawling they'll start to get less chubby.
She also stressed that the AAP recommends no solids until 6 months. You can always throw that in nosy "helpful" family member's face
No solids here until 6 months. We might do the cereal that you mix with the formula after 4 months, but no actual solid foods.
Anna has chub rolls on her thighs, but she's lean everywhere else. She still hasn't even hit 12lbs yet, but her legs look chubby. Oh and her cheeks, of course. I think it's freakin' adorable and I'm not a bit worried about if she gets some chub on her right now. I feed her when she's hungry. period.
Rice cereal really doesn't have any nutrients so it's crazy to suggest you need to start cereal to keep her sustained. It's just a practice food that is bland and easy to digest. Keep doing what you are doing.