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Can bf babies put on too much weight?

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WhoahThereCrazyHorse Tue 30-Oct-12 06:41:07

Ds was weighed yesterday which was day 10, and had more than made up his 8% weight loss - on fact he'd put on 11oz!

What weekly gain is normal for bf babies, and can they put on too much?!

WhoahThereCrazyHorse Tue 30-Oct-12 06:42:40

in fact

JollyJackOLantern Tue 30-Oct-12 06:50:19

Catching up, or catching down is normal in the early days. Ds was born with height and weight both 50th centile.

He went up to 75th in a couple of weeks and has remained their since - he's now 18mo.

Kellymom has growth charts for ebf babies which are interesting.

BlueyDragon Tue 30-Oct-12 06:53:37

Experience of one: my average birth weight DS put on an entire pound in either week 2 or 3. The midwife's comment was, "Whatever you're doing, keep doing it". Which was feeding him for seemingly endless hours; must have been Gold Top grin.

I wouldn't worry about it.

VintageRainBoots Tue 30-Oct-12 07:07:08

My lactation consultant insisted that it was pretty much impossible to overfeed a breastfed baby.

My daughter also grew rapidly during her first month, too. She went from ~50% to 90% within the first month or so, and she's stayed there ever since (she's quite tall for her age and normal weight for her height).

needsadviceplease Tue 30-Oct-12 07:09:27

All the (bf) babies in my family have been born average, hurtled up the centiles as littlies, then slimmed back down gradually as they got mobile, ending up as average-slim adults. I'm sure super-pudgy 6mo DS will be doing the same.

Lovely lovely chubby bf legs. smile

WhoahThereCrazyHorse Tue 30-Oct-12 09:32:21

So for my next question - the midwife said I can chill out wrt waking ds up to feed ( he was jaundiced so I was stressing about him getting enough milk). However, it seems he naturally wants to feed every 3 hours in the day, but will go 4 hours at night. He has both sides at every feed - about 40 mins in total - but left to his own devices he wouldn't be doing the minimum 8 feeds in every 24 hours. Should I try and feed him more often in the day to get him up to at least 8 feeds?


Rachel130690 Tue 30-Oct-12 09:47:56

I was told never to wake a baby. I'd just let him feed when he wants.

BartletForTeamGB Tue 30-Oct-12 10:16:54

DS was very sleepy and jaundiced and I did need to wake him to ensure he fed, but he was losing weight. Your DS seems to be doing really well, so I would be less concerned about him going 4 hours at night.

Don't worry too much about weight in the first few weeks. IIRC, the red book doesn't have lines for the first 2-3 weeks because catch-up/down growth is so common.

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