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Can you really not over feed an EBF baby?

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SlightlySuperiorPeasant Fri 16-Nov-12 09:29:10

DD is 2 weeks old and has put on 11oz from her not inconsiderable birth weight. MWs and HVs are happy for now but if she keeps going like this am I going to start being told she's gaining weight too fast?

tiktok Fri 16-Nov-12 09:33:07

Really - you cannot overfeed an EBF baby. It is not unusual for babies to gain very quickly in the first weeks, even the first months. If anyone tells you she is gaining too fast, they are revealing their own ignorance of infant physiology and breastfeeding.


SlightlySuperiorPeasant Fri 16-Nov-12 09:35:37

Thanks smile It took 3 months to get DS to the weight DD is now so while I'm heartily relieved not to be going through that again I was wondering whether we might have the opposite problem this time!

Jojoba1986 Fri 16-Nov-12 09:40:57

A friend of mine had to constantly tell the health visitors that her DS was EBF but they clearly didn't believe her & kept saying 'ok, but if you were giving him any extra you should stop because he's putting on weight a bit too fast!' Lol! He's a perfectly happy, normal sized 18 month old now, he was just a rather chunky baby! grin They're all different, my DS was a scrawny little thing!

AlphaBeta82 Fri 16-Nov-12 09:43:36

HVs didn't believe my ds was ebf and always told me I was feeding him too much. He started on the 50th percentile and by 6 weeks had gone off the chart in both height and length. At 22 months he is still off the charts but has remained consistent, in proportion and is a healthy, strong little boy - albeit a very heavy one!!

megandraper Fri 16-Nov-12 09:45:35

DC2 put on a pound a week for the first few weeks. He was EBF to six months (and BF till 13 months). He is now a little below average weight at 3 years. He was a very contented baby (think he was just so busy digesting milk he didn't have time to get grumpy grin)

ZuleikaD Fri 16-Nov-12 10:55:14

HVs didn't believe me either that I was EBF (one of them told me if so I must be producing Jersey cream) as DD shot through the centiles from 9th to 98th in about 8 weeks. I only met one sensible one who said that she probably wanted to be bigger and ran out of room inside. Both my DCs are high up on the centiles after being born low down and am expecting the same with DS2.

3plus2 Fri 16-Nov-12 12:27:37

Not sure how much DD weight as illness chicken pox ear infection and jabs have kept us away from clinic for a month, but she is 14 weeks and in size 9-12 tops ! shock I'm getting worried ha ha

brighterfuture Fri 16-Nov-12 12:37:56

My ds fed all the time . He was such a rolly polly pudding he had cellulite on his knees....He's now 16 and thin as a rake ! Don't worry about it... enjoy it !

megandraper Fri 16-Nov-12 14:40:07

I didn't weigh DD very often (neglected 3rd child) but having been born somewhere below the 25th percentile, by a few months she was over the 85th percentile. The HV congratulated me on my excellent-quality milk smile <cow-like moo of pride>

3plus2 Sat 17-Nov-12 17:43:57

Lol my DD has cellulite on her botty grin

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