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Hello mums! I'm newly registered here so please give me time to adjust on how the whole forum works. I've been a regular reader for a while reading threads that relate to me.
So i'm a first time mum and loving it. I have a 6 month and 2 week girl. so i've payed a visit to the baby clinic today morning and got out of there extremely upset and worried. my little girl is quite big, although i should first tell you that her father is 6ft tall and extremely big boned, his family's babies so far all have been big babies so naturally she has chubbiness n her genes. She is currently in the 95 to 98th percentile weight on their charts, she weighs 9.3/4kg.
the health advisor told me that i feed her too much and should decrease her formula intake to 18 oz a day. she currently has 5 6oz a day (although she usually doesn't finish them) and 3 meals a day, breakfast lunch and fruit for desert. She told me keep her meals the same but give her about 4 3 oz milk a day but for her to be ruler dilute the bottle with however much water i want.
I just think that's a bit too extreme but i also don't want my baby to stay like this and also she still doesn't sit up and hasn't rolled over yet, so that worries me a lot!!
the health advisor thinks her development is being delayed due to her weight and told me if she hasn't lost weight from now to 6 weeks she'll refer her to a dietician. I'm extremely worried and really don't know what to do!!
Sorry for the long post but hope i get some advise on what to do, currently i'm thinking of just following her advise and see what happens??
Sorry Randall but that's just not true. Babies can be overfed, research shows they can be persuaded to take more from a bottle than they need/want. Not vomitting isn't proof that a baby isn't overfeeding. Overfeeding is a risk of bottle feeding regardless of whether it is formula or ebm, and is one of the reasons that bottle fed babies are on average heavier than breastfed babies.
Now, I'm not suggesting for a second that you overfed your baby, but just because you didn't do it doesn't mean it is impossible, or even unlikely.
Sure, here's some papers that have been posted before: Key Issues to Address With Bottle-Feeding Pediatric Nursing, Jan, 2001 a discussion among paediatricians and others in the US which highlights need for parents to be aware of overfeeding.
Feeding Patterns in Breast-Fed and Formula-Fed Infants. Seivers et al. Ann Nutr Metab 2002;46:243-248 - highlights difficulty of true demand feeding in a formula fed baby and the difficulty in matching intake with need.
Mode of infant feeding and achieved growth in adolescence: early feeding patterns in relation to growth and body composition in adolescence. Tulldahl J et al. Obes Res. 1999 Sep;7(5):431-7. our results imply that formula fed infants may be at risk for overfeeding, which might lead to overweight, even up to adolescent age
Do Infants Fed From Bottles Lack Self-regulation of Milk Intake Compared With Directly Breastfed Infants? Li et al. Pediatrics, June 2010 - This paper answers yes to this question and interestingly, looks at bottle feeding with ebm, as well as formula, and concludes that the same risk applies.
Mothers' experiences of bottle-feeding: a systematic review of qualitative and quantitative studies. Lakshman et al. Archives Disease in Childhood, July 2009
Randall - I don't think this is about making anyone feel guilty Surely it is important to be aware of any risks in baby feeding though in order to make informed choices?