To not put DS on a diet?

(12 Posts)
LifeInJeneral Wed 28-Sep-16 15:03:19

I just had my health visitor appointment, DS is nearly 8 months old.weaning is going really well so he is eating lots of solids. He still has a 6oz bottle in the morning and one just before bed then a few 3oz bottles throughout the day. HV weighed him and he has gone from 51st percentile to 91st percentile so HV says he has jumped quite a lot so I should cut out his bottles other then morning and evening which was fair enough...but then she did his length and he has also jumped from 51st to 91st so HV then starts to hesitate and say actually he is in proportion so it's probably that he is just supposed to be that size...then she hesitated again and said I should cut them out anyway and see what he is like at next appointment (not sure when that would be).
So she really didn't seem very sure and obviously he isn't fully mobile yet so once he starts crawling he may lose some weight anyway. I'm also concerned about his water intake as he hasn't mastered drinking from a dippy cup yet so his milk is his main source of hydration. It's just all of her hesitation has confused me as she really didn't seem sure it was the best idea to reduce his calories and I would have thought that if he is in proportion he is just a big lad? Just want some advice as I don't want to take away his milk and not provide enough sustenance for him (over anxious FTM here obviously)

Wrinklytights Wed 28-Sep-16 15:07:04

If he's on the 91st for height and weight then he's not overweight. Are you or his Dad tall? I wouldn't worry

JohnLapsleyParlabane Wed 28-Sep-16 15:08:03

If he's proportional then I personally wouldn't reduce his milk. If you want to try, perhaps consider offering some water in a bottle at one of the 3oz feed times? I'm sure he'll let you know if he wants more milk.

FeliciaJollygoodfellow Wed 28-Sep-16 15:16:24

Honestly I wouldn't even consider cutting down even if he was fatter than he was long. He's 8 months old for gods sake!

FeliciaJollygoodfellow Wed 28-Sep-16 15:17:44

TO add to that, if he's eating pretty well then you can probably cut down - I was thinking about my then 8 month old who was a food refuser until nearly 9 months.

LifeInJeneral Wed 28-Sep-16 15:20:50

Yeah the fact that he is proportional to me says he is not overweight, hence my reluctance but I think the water in the bottle is a good idea as at least then he is getting used to the taste of it

Soubriquet Wed 28-Sep-16 15:22:35

No don't reduce anything

He will even out when he becomes mobile

WilLiAmHerschel Wed 28-Sep-16 15:24:42

At 8 months old, no way would I be putting him on a diet. I would ignore the hv. I breastfed my dd on demand and she fed a lot. She drank only breastmilk until she was about one. She took to water straight away and drinks lots of it now. One of my brothers was a very chubby thing until he got to about 7, now he's an adult he's still stick thin like our dad.

LifeInJeneral Wed 28-Sep-16 16:49:56

Thank you all for your advice, it has really reassured me!

Pineapplemilkshake Wed 28-Sep-16 17:10:22

GP here - I wouldn't be concerned as the height and weight are in proportion. I do think some babies are given too much milk, sometimes at the expense of solids, but that doesn't sound like the case with your DC.

Witchend Wed 28-Sep-16 18:37:59

When a child is overeating they often are also tall-they grow early, so you can't go by that.

However at 8 months assuming they're not earn McDonalds followed by cake, I wouldn't worry. But I would keep an eye on it.

timeforabrewnow Wed 28-Sep-16 18:55:40

When my DS was a year old, he was rather pudgy, imagine a mini Winston Churchill. I can't remember what centile thing he was on. But I recall having a lecture from 2 health visitors that I was feeding him too much and giving too much milk and that he was in serious danger of becoming very obese!!

I'm happy to say that I knew they were wrong and continued on as I was. That baby is now a 15 year old lad who is 6'3'' and weighs 9 and a half stone.

He is underweight according to the BMI and I am constantly thinking of ways to get more calories into him. He eats plenty of lots of different types of food and still drinks lots of milk. And I think he is still growing!

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