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My (almost) 3-month old weighs more than 16lbs!

post #1 of 26
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My son Gabriel, who will be 3 months old on Monday, weighs about 16-16.5 lbs! He was only 6 lbs 7 oz when he was born (2.5 weeks early). I know 'normal' babies double their birth weight by 5 months but if Gabriel keeps growing like this, he may quadruple his birthweight by then! : He does seem to be slowing down a little though, the last 2 weeks he hasn't gained as much as before because he's too busy eating his hands!

Do you think his weight is normal? I exclusively breastfeed him, on demand (not on a schedule, I've tried and it didn't work).
post #2 of 26
My DS was about 18 lbs at 3 months!! He's quite the chunk still at 8 months (and somewhere around 28 lbs!!). My advice to you is to get an Ergo baby carrier. It has been a lifesaver for me. I couldn't carry him around any other way. I wouldn't worry about it. Sounds like you have a baby with some cute and chunky cheeks!
post #3 of 26
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Originally Posted by sewaneecook View Post
My DS was about 18 lbs at 3 months!! He's quite the chunk still at 8 months (and somewhere around 28 lbs!!). My advice to you is to get an Ergo baby carrier. It has been a lifesaver for me. I couldn't carry him around any other way. I wouldn't worry about it. Sounds like you have a baby with some cute and chunky cheeks!
Lol yes, VERY chunky!
Here's a pic from 2 days ago (ok that outfit makes him look extra fat ):
http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e1...-27001s467.jpg

Here's a picture from yesterday of him having a conversation with Winnie the Pooh:
http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e1...-28007s467.jpg
post #4 of 26
OMG! He is so cute!!! All that lovely chunkiness is adorable!

Man, I wish I had chunky babies.
post #5 of 26
My son was that chunky at that age (on breastmilk, as well.) Now he's a very healthy, average-weight 4 yo!

Breastfed babies tend to put on weight fast and slow down later. Don't worry, mama--you're doing great!
post #6 of 26
DS weighed 18 lbs. 13 oz. at 3 months and now is about 20 at 3.5 months, EBF. DD wasn't 20 lbs. until 7 months, and she was always (still is) in the 95%+ - both DC are consistently big (heads and height.) With DD I used to worry I was nursing her "too much" (she was a huge comfort nurser from day 1), and that she was going to be overweight, before I knew better (you can't overfeed an EBF baby.) It is scary to have such a young baby wearing XL diapers and 12-month clothing already, though!:
post #7 of 26
My 3 MO DS weighed 9lb 12 oz at birth. He's "only" 15- 15.5 lbs now. I make sure the he gets down on the floor and kicks and rolls alot. He loves to roll towards me, so I lay beside him about 1 foot away. He rolls and kicks. It's so much fun for both of us. Ok, so my Q is: Does you DS get enough time to play and move?
post #8 of 26
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Gabriel has already been in size 3 diapers for a couple of weeks (he outgrew size 2 in less that 2 weeks!). And they seem to be getting small on him! He's not extremely tall, just extremely chubby! And his body is long but his legs are short, so he'll probably grow out of #3 LONG before he reaches the max weight for that size (28lbs)!
post #9 of 26
He's so cute! I wish we had some chunk here. Ilana is 4 mos and not quite 10#. AJ was 16# at 4 mos and almost 25# at 1 though and is no way fat now at almost 4.
post #10 of 26
My daughter was about that size. I wondered if I'd have a 40 pound 1-year-old. Now at 17 months, she weighs about 25 pounds. She's pretty much average. Don't give his weight a second thought...he will be fine! Just enjoy those little pillow arms and roly poly legs.
post #11 of 26
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Originally Posted by mowilli3 View Post
Ok, so my Q is: Does you DS get enough time to play and move?
Yes, he moves ALL THE TIME! He won't stop moving his arms and legs...it's really funny! As soon as he wakes up, he'll start pushing and kicking the blanket off of him He doesn't roll over yet but I'l trying to stimulate him by lying next to him on the floor (like you do). So far no luck but I'm sure he'll do it soon enough!
post #12 of 26
Those pics are precious!! His rolls remind me of my DS's rolls! Starting about 5 months, DS went from gaining 3-4 lbs/month to gaining about 1lb/month. He's slowed down a lot, but at this rate, he'll still be a 32 lb 1-year-old!
post #13 of 26
Sounds healthy to me! Be grateful for being in the "chunky club" with us (Mine "little" one went from 5lb, 12oz and six weeks early to 18 lbs at 5 mths!)
post #14 of 26
I was going to post the exact same thing as Irma Lisette. My 3.5 month old weighs 20 lbs and is EBF. I was worried he was gaining too much, not that I would do anything about it. He weighed 7lbs 12oz at birth. I think he slowed down too and he's been busy eating his hands. They are so cute at this age. I am glad to hear there are other 20 lb 3 month olds out there.

Jennifer
post #15 of 26
That is totally awesome! Fat babies who are EBF are the best! (I have a very average baby, and she is awesome too )
post #16 of 26
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Originally Posted by asaunders View Post
you can't overfeed an EBF baby
Thanks for the thread. I am concerned about weight as well. My 2-month old is 12.5 lb (7lb 1oz at birth). I was also tryied to control his feedings, but he ask for food all the time when I am hilding him. He is better when dh has him.

I wonder if there are supporting studies/links to the statement that you cannot overfeed ebf baby? Anyone?
post #17 of 26
u have a very pretty baby

my son was the same way and now at 7 months he weighs 21lbs but he is also long 29 inches

love ur chunky baby he is healthy and happy breastmilk is wounderful

dont worry u cant over fed a breastfed baby they will eating when full my son ate every 2 hrs day and night the first 3months of his life
post #18 of 26
He is sooo cute! I'm laughing though because my ds just hit 16lbs last week and he will be 7mo on Sunday. Back when he was 3mo he was 8lb 11oz.
post #19 of 26
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Originally Posted by 5thAttempt View Post
Thanks for the thread. I am concerned about weight as well. My 2-month old is 12.5 lb (7lb 1oz at birth). I was also tryied to control his feedings, but he ask for food all the time when I am hilding him. He is better when dh has him.

I wonder if there are supporting studies/links to the statement that you cannot overfeed ebf baby? Anyone?
Here's a quote/link about this from kellymom.com:

It is normal for breastfed babies to gain weight more rapidly than their formula-fed peers during the first 2-3 months and then taper off (particularly between 9 and 12 months). There is absolutely NO evidence that a large breastfed baby will become a large child or adult. In fact, there is good research to indicate that breastfed babies are less likely to be obese children or adults than babies who were formula-fed.

Babies who gain quickly during infancy often start to slim down once they become more mobile; ie. rolling, crawling, pulling up, walking, running, etc. Often toddlers are very picky eaters and/or become almost too "busy" to take the time to eat. The fat laid down in infancy ensures that there are ample stores to pull from during the active toddler years.

Keep in mind, too, that breastmilk is a perfect food. There are NO empty calories or fillers. The amount of fat or calories in breastmilk is not affected by mom's dietary fat or sugar intake. However, mom can change the types of fat in her milk by altering the types of fat that she eats.

Do not try to limit your baby's nursing by stretching out feedings, limiting time at the breast, using a pacifier to "hold baby off" until a specified time has passed, or offering water so that baby nurses less. It can be dangerous to limit your baby's growth by limiting nursing, as your baby needs the nutrients and fat for proper growth and brain development. Only by continuing to feed your baby on cue will you ensure that his needs are perfectly met and that your milk supply is maintained.

http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns...t-toomuch.html

And here's a brief answer from Dr. Sears:
http://www.parenting.com/parenting/a...648124,00.html
post #20 of 26
I've read that mothers with milk oversupply often have babies that gain weight faster than average because the mucho amount of foremilk is high in lactose. My nephew is a chunk, too, and his mom is a milk-machine. Not a problem as long as your kid is happy and healthy! He's a super cutie!
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