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I'm new to the board. My name is Courtney and I'm mom to 4.5 month old Eleanor. Eleanor has been breast fed since birth. She was 6 lbs 12 oz at birth and is currently 12 lbs, 12 oz. She is active, alert, and hitting all her milestones.
A friend made a comment that she thinks Eleanor is too skinny and that she thought breastfeeding babies were supposed to be chubby. Her baby is 2 weeks older than Eleanor and almost 16 lbs ( formula fed).
She has totally planted this seed of worry in my mind. Is she right? Is Eleanor too small? She has a well baby check tomorrow and I'm terrified that the doc is gonna tell me she's too small and I need to switch to formula...
IMO formula fed babies are chubbier. BF babies choose how much they want to eat & stop when they are done.
If your baby is growing, healthy, & active you have nothing to worry about.
You are doing good mama, don't let any 2nd guess you!
I have seen chunky breastfed babies and I have seen smaller ones. My son has consistently been in the 5th to 25th percentile on the charts and 100% EBF till 7 months. My friend's daughter, also 100% EBF till 6 months, was always in the 80th to 95th percentile. I think there is also some truth to some moms having milk with more fat content, but honestly I think genetics plays a bigger role. I make smaller babies.
You would know best. If she is alert and energized and developing physically and intellectually, she must be getting the nutrients and calories she needs. Weight charts and percentiles are only a tool, and should not be used alone to diagnosis a problem where there is none!
But for comparison, my breastfed daughter was still under 12 lbs at 4 months. So your Eleanor sounds perfect to me!
I agree with the other ladies...sounds like you've got nothing to worry about. Every kid is different, bottom line. I have breastfed both of my babies. At 6 months, Grace was about 12lbs (she had not quite doubled her birth weight, but pretty close). Anna is just over 5 months, and she's about 14lbs. Why the difference? I have no idea. But both girls have been completely healthy. Grace was always in the 5th percentile for weight/height, and Anna has been somewhere in the middle. Same parents, fed the same way, just growing differently.
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