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27lb six month old

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charitymum Sat 26-Jan-13 19:13:09

After lost of ongoing wheezy problems and a rude call from health visitor to say son was fat (wasn't the info that he was fat that was rude more the tone - but that has been the subject of another thread where I was duly told, not unreasonably, to get over mysefl) we have checked his weight and at six months one week he is 27lb on home scales. That puts him right off the chart.

He is top centile for height so is clearly big generally.

We will talk to the health visitor for advice too but how the heck did a mainly breast fed baby who we have only just (this week) started weaning get so big?
Any tips on how to help him lose it? We know there are long term links to obesity but are there any immediate risks?

Never had this with other three (indeed other DS at 22 months is dropping down the centiles at rate of knots which is also a concern!)


peachypips Sat 26-Jan-13 19:14:25

If he is only breasted then don't worry. He's just big and he'll even out.

charitymum Sat 26-Jan-13 20:10:44

He does have some bottles when I'm at work or the 22 month old demands booby time. Maybe 8oz a day. Could this be it?

dikkertjedap Sat 26-Jan-13 20:56:24

Could you replace formula with EBM? Maybe that would help.

Anothercuppatea Sat 26-Jan-13 21:04:42

I think if he's breastfed mainly it's just how he is. Unless there is underlying medical problem causing the weight gain.
When my ds was 3 months old he was on 9th centile and I worried about him being small. Friend in antenatal group had ds on 98th centile and worried about him being too fat. They were both bf. Now at age 3 my ds is on 50th centile and definitely now looks chunkier and taller than my friends ds. We both should have worried less I think as it obviously evens out.

Inmyopinion1 Sun 27-Jan-13 03:50:50

I'm curious as to where this attitude that over-feeding with breast milk is in someway magically ok. Your child has been over fed regardless of the modality. I would suggest feeding less as the main way to correct this. Your child can even out over time but as they are currently the weight of the average 2 year old it might be time to re-evaluate how often they are being fed.

Moominsarescary Sun 27-Jan-13 04:19:17

I doubt very much 8 oz of formula are making him this big, I'd go to the doctor and see what they say. All mine have been big, ds3 was off the chart at 1 year old but even then he wasn't 27 lb

charitymum Sun 27-Jan-13 04:38:26

Thanks all. Going to check with HV. Done nothing different to him than with other 3 and they all been at totally different places on scale at this point but none 'of it'! I suspect in part it's just him but clearly he's getting more than he needs as he is indeed the same weight as his 22 month old brother who is not short.

Chubfuddler Sun 27-Jan-13 05:44:20

My dd was about 24 lbs at six months - EBF and only just beginning to wean. Once she got crawling/cruising/ walking her weight stabilised. She's 18 months and 28 lbs now.

My HV wasn't at all concerned.

munchkinmaster Sun 27-Jan-13 05:52:05

I would question any advice about losing weight. Children should never lose weight but instead should look to slow gain/keep at a constant weight and 'grow into weigh.'

If not happy with hv maybe ask to see paed?

munchkinmaster Sun 27-Jan-13 05:52:51

That should read children should never TRY and lose weight

Inmyopinion1 Sun 27-Jan-13 08:03:43

The paediatrician will agree with the health visitor. This child has been over fed.

twilight81 Sun 27-Jan-13 09:35:17

So inmyopinon does that mean because my child weighs not much more than that at age 3 he has been underfed????
NO!! It just means all children are different.. And just maybe there is an underlying reason, so what would be the harm in checking!
I don't think your advice is any way helpful..

charitymum Sun 27-Jan-13 12:05:07

Inmyopinion he may well have been and I'm open to that possibility and will address with advice from HV. But we are bemused as we have done exactly the same as we have for other three and none of them ended up here. So I have doubt overfeeding alone to blame and I will get paed opinion when we take him in about his ongoing wheeze. He's been in and out of hospital with viral wheeze for last month and not one of them
mentioned weight!

Baby's 22 month old big brother also on top centile for height but down at 50 centile for weight at present because he is so active.


5madthings Sun 27-Jan-13 12:11:23

You cant force a baby to bfeed! So its very unlikely he hasbern overfed unless you are shoveling solids into him?

Some bfed babies get very big in the first 6mths, his weight gain will probably tail off a bit as he gets more mobile.

As he has been in hospital he was presumably weighed so they could give him the right amount of medication etc? If his weight was an issue they would have mentioned it.

You say he is tall as well so roughly in proportion?

DomesticCEO Sun 27-Jan-13 12:15:47

It is also bollocks to assume FF babies are all being overfed - OP, DS1 was a v big FF baby, weaned at 6 mths and as soon as he hit 1yr and started walking the weight just fell off him.

He is now a healthy (if solid!) 4 yr old.

Maybe have a word with GP but it is likely to resolve itself naturally if you're feeding him normal quantities of food.

Figgygal Sun 27-Jan-13 12:18:28

I know your pain (mainly back and arm pain) My DS was ff but he's always been up at 99th centile from 91st at birth hes also off the chart for height so pretty proportionate.

he's 13mo now and I've no idea what he weighs at moment he was 27lbs at 10mo but since he started walking he's definitely slimmed down.

Maybe the dr would be able to reassure u/look into any underlying reasons

charitymum Sun 27-Jan-13 12:23:39

We've only started weaning in last week or so. Bit of a mystery. He is very long but at least his height plots onto the chart!!!

EauRouge Sun 27-Jan-13 12:29:29

You cannot overfeed an exclusively breastfed baby. Not sure about mixed feeding but an 8oz bottle doesn't sound like much. If he is gaining too much weight then there may be an underlying health issue. Breastfeeding is certainly not the problem. I would contact a BF counsellor who may have some ideas. This might help.

ceeveebee Sun 27-Jan-13 12:33:05

Wow. Your DS weighs more than my twins combined at that age! You must have biceps of steel carrying him around!
But as other posters say, you can't overfeed a bf baby so sure he'll just be a rugby player or something.

LemonBreeland Sun 27-Jan-13 12:37:28

Wowser my 19mo only weighs 21lbs. She is tiny though. I'm sure once he starts moving his weight gain will slow or even stop for a while.

charitymum Sun 27-Jan-13 12:42:07

He is indeed hard to carry. His big brother easier. He is too long for car seat and too wide for pram insert.

Bit worried he is not as active as others-he's only just started sitting and can't roll over yet but I'm sure we will sort.

At least they are sharing clothes.....

Fairylea Sun 27-Jan-13 12:45:09

I wouldn't worry. As he moves around more he with even out.

Both mine have been huge, dd was referred to a specialist at 7 months as she was in size 12-18 month clothes - they said she was fine. Ds is the same despite being only 6lbs when born he is now 7 months and into 12-18 month vests and baby gros! I don't ever weigh them, just causes a lot of unnecessary worry.

spanky2 Sun 27-Jan-13 12:45:21

My ds1 was big for his age. He still is. He's 8and the size of a 12year old. he couldn't sit up and it was nearly impossible to squeeze him into a rear facing car seat .

EauRouge Sun 27-Jan-13 15:43:47

Just want to clarify, as well as seeing a BF counsellor I would still carry on seeing your HV, paed, etc.

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