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Breastfed baby gaining too much weight?

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CeCeBloomer Tue 13-Dec-16 20:33:04

Baby is 4 weeks old and has gained 13-15 oz per week, exclusively bf - is this anything to worry about as it is significantly over the guidelines?

tiktok Tue 13-Dec-16 22:26:41

You mean your baby is three or four pounds more than when born?

HolidayHunterTeam Tue 13-Dec-16 22:28:56

Bf babies can't gain too much weight. Nor can any baby. Fatten them up.

CeCeBloomer Wed 14-Dec-16 07:37:25

Yes he is 3.5 lbs up on birth weight he was 5.5 lbs and is now 9

StiginaGrump Wed 14-Dec-16 07:42:09

Mine gained 14-16 for the first 4/5 then started to slow. Shot off charts, me and dh quite ordinary sized. Anyway they are tall and lean these days but I did wonder for a while!

Kerberos Wed 14-Dec-16 07:45:24

Babies don't read the guidelines. Sounds like you are doing an amazing job of feeding him/her on demand. They also don't follow a straight line. Some weeks they'll gain more than others.

pixie32 Wed 14-Dec-16 07:46:18

Sounds like a lovely healthy boy! Well done! He is only 1lb heavier than my ds was at birth, and he put 1lb on in week 2 putting him up to 9lb. So I wouldn't worry. What does your health visitor say about his weight?

CeCeBloomer Wed 14-Dec-16 08:00:32

HV had no concerns when I last saw her but that was a couple of weeks ago, am due to see her next week

EvenTheWind Wed 14-Dec-16 08:04:41

Seriously, don't worry. He was quite small at birth and is growing well!

icanteven Wed 14-Dec-16 08:11:58

It sounds like someone might be trying to tell you that you're breastfeeding too much & he's gaining too much, am I right?

That is nonsense. You can't win with some people - it's either "Is he getting enough? How do you know? You need to top him up with formula so you can be sure." Or "You're feeding him too much - he'll get fat. You better switch to formula."

You are absolutely rocking it here - well done!

Sgtmajormummy Wed 14-Dec-16 08:30:34

My second was like yours, OP.
Exclusively breastfed and "elastic bands" up legs and arms.
We went to our first checkup after the hospital where the paediatrician took one look and said: "I see breastfeeding is well established. Carry on, Supermum!" which really put my mind at rest.

Don't let anybody mess with your confidence. You're doing great!

Bobochic Wed 14-Dec-16 08:33:20

Sounds fine!

malvinandhobbes Wed 14-Dec-16 08:36:01

All 3 of mine were like this, it created a bit of a sideshow at HV clinic.

All three kids are robustly healthy (and tall). Well done OP, it sounds like breastfeeding is going really well.

CeCeBloomer Wed 14-Dec-16 08:36:09

Thanks all - just so different from my first who was also exclusively bf but gained weight slowly and stayed titchy

tiktok Wed 14-Dec-16 15:31:29

Within normal. He's showing normal catch up growth. It will slow down in a few weeks.

CeCeBloomer Wed 14-Dec-16 15:59:46

Thanks - I did wonder if there was an element of catch up as he was so tiny

Newmrs22 Thu 15-Dec-16 11:31:40

I wouldn't worry. Mine has kept growing at an alarming rate. He was 18lb at 16 weeks grin
HV was thrilled and said he'll prob lean out when he moves.

Daytona79 Thu 15-Dec-16 11:34:53

My boy gained a lb a week for five weeks from 2 weeks old he on 98th centile and as a two year old still is

GashleyCrumbTiny Fri 16-Dec-16 10:53:37

This is a reassuring thread! 13 week old DD jumped from 25th centile at all weigh-instances up to 6 weeks to 70th at 12 weeks. HV not worried but I was starting to wonder...!

GashleyCrumbTiny Fri 16-Dec-16 10:54:14

Stupid autocorrect.

HorseyHorseyTwat Fri 16-Dec-16 10:59:36

You're doing brilliantly, keep it up - he's obviously thriving!

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