Hi! I was wondering if anyone else had a big baby. My 3 month old baby boy is 19 pounds and 25 inches long. When he was born he was 8lbs 15 oz. and 20 in. He is strictly breastfed. Every time I see the doctor they just say "He is growing so well, what a big boy!" I'm worried that he is growing too big, and that the doctor's won't say anything until he is older. Should I start putting him on a feeding schedule? I was always told to feed on demand. I am so confused (and a first time mommy). Any help or input is greatly appreciated....so please don't be rude/negative.
Let him eat when he wants to eat. Every baby grows differently. Only you know what is best for your son. I really don't think you can overfeed a breastfed baby. He will only eat as much as he wants to until he gets full. He will probably slim down a little once he starts crawling and scooting around. If I remember correctly, my son was above average on his weight until he was 4 or 5 months old and he was strictly breastfed too. By the way, good job on continuing to breastfeed!!! But like I said, I think it is perfectly fine that he is a bit bigger. It will all be okay. Us first time mommies have a way of worrying everything. I still do it! As long as he isn't spitting it up, and seems to be content after you feed him, just keep doing what you are doing.
you are doing fine, im a mom with 6 kids all bottle fed, my biggest boy was 9 pds 2 oz when he was born, he was a big baby too grew just like that he is now 15 years old and you would never of guessed by looking at him now that he was a big baby because he is super slim! lol the drs are right feed on demand that is what i do with my daughter now, she is 6 weeks old she was also 8 pds 7 oz when she was born!
You're doing great. My son was 9 pounds 11 ounces when he was born, and was 30 pounds by his first birthday. At almost 5 years old my son is taller and bigger than most 7-year-old kids. Somebody has to be the big kid, and somebody has to be the little kid. Everything is fine. My pediatrician always marvels at my son's growth chart and has never been worried.
Oh- and in stark contrast, my daughter is almost 2, and she just made it to 24 pounds. She was 9 pounds 10 ounces when she was born, so I expected her to be huge like her brother. Every kid is different, even with the same genes.
Just keep feeding him on demand. He sounds like he's just where he should be. Babies are supposed to be little chunksters! Plus, as much weight as they put on in the first six to nine months, it'll melt away once they start crawling and walking and weaning. (Trust me, once they start moving, it takes effort just to get them to put on ounces, let alone pounds between months. Heck, I think the last of my baby weight is melting off just trying to keep up with my 10 month old.)
Plus, he's long too, and that makes a difference when it comes to weight. My daughter was 17 pounds at 4 months, but she was also 27 inches long. Boys, traditionally, are bigger too, than girls. Try not to stress out about it too much. He's healthy and growing and that's what counts.
ive never breast fed only formula, my baby is 10 months old and is about 24 lbs. they do grow fast, my baby has had alot of stomach viruses due to daycare but at three months was almost 17 lbs, so no need to worry, it will fluctuate. if you have a smart phone download the baby esp app and it helps to keep track of how much, how often they're eating and how many wet or poopy diapers they go through and their growth. i wish i would have had this app with my first son whos now 6. it also has a journal section to keep track of all babies new interests and growth!!! and you can share it with babysitters and family so if you have someone watching him its all updates on your phone as well!!
Sounds like your boy is doing great! My daughter was 9lbs 7oz and 22 inches when she was born. She is now 2 years old and measures at the height of a 3 year old, but she is thin. Perfectly healthy! I think the weight has to be pretty significant in order to be worried, and even then genetics play a bit in it. I think your son sounds perfectly healthy, and his doctor doesn't seem concerned so I wouldn't worry at all! Keep feeding on demand. Eventually he'll put himself on a schedule.
Thank you everyone :) I knew he would be bigger than a normal baby (I was the smallest at 8 lbs 6 oz, and the shortest person in my hubby's family is 6 ft). But I never imagines that he would be wearing 9-12 month clothing at three months. He is such a big boy :) My niece is almost 2 yrs old and they wear the same diapers lol. At this rate he's going to have to start carrying me around :) Everyone here has made me feel so much better about everything. I do hope, however, that he starts to put himself on a schedule at night....I don't know how much longer I can do NO sleep :) He wakes up every 2 hours just to visit.....not even to eat! Thank you again everyone!! <3
It will get better. My son was also strictly breastfed til six months then we began adding cereal. I have still not used formula. My son began sleeping through the night finally around 3 - 4 months. It was killer before then. He would just wake up, eat then some times he would stay awake for a couple of hours to just hang out. It took alot of prayer. Goodness. Anyway, Your son is very big for his age, but that's great especially since he's breastfed. It's not like you're feeding him food or even candy (which some do). He might grow to be a star football player. Girl, good job! Keep it going!
As long as his height to weight ratios are not concerning your physician everything should be fine. My first child whom is six now grew normally. My second child whom is eleven months has grown at an increasingly faster rate than my first child, even though my first child when born was larger than my second. Plus my second child has GERD, which should prevent some growth and weight gain. I would keep feeding as you are because if he was not hungry he would not take it. What is said to be normal are just averages not actually what is normal for your child. I would not worry, you just tend to go through the clothing sizes faster.
they say if baby is breastfeeding..feeding is on demand..not scheduled, so just keep feeding. I've seen/heard some kids are on the 99th percentile in height and/or weight. As long as you think the doctor is a good doc, I wouldnt worry about him being a big baby.
I exclusively breastfed my daughter, who was a mere 7lbs at birth and she was a big giant balloon of a baby! I was a first time mom, and was amazed at how fast she grew. I did not overfeed her, but she was well over the 100th percentile for the first 2 years of her life. DON'T WORRY. She is now 5 years old, has grown like a weed, but up and not out. She is now in the 60th for height and 50th for weight, so she is just fine. Let your little guy eat :-) I was always glad that she was so sturdy; I was a nervous first mom and would much rather of had a big bouncy baby than a frail little one I thought might break....