mum and nan, NSW
my son was 8kg at 6 months he was born 8 pounds 8 ounces at 41 weeks gestation.
First things first, was she a big baby born? Was she long at birth? How tall are parents? All these things and others need to be taken into consideration. I don't think you have anything to worry about yet. By yet I mean that at the moment she is eating fine and at a very average eating pattern for her age, the only thing you have to watch is that as she gets older you only give her as much as she wants to eat, not what you think she should be having. Everyone has different appetites and kids are no different so if one day she wants to eat a horse but the next she only wnats a mouthfull then that's fine. Do not try to force feed her if she's had enough or lost interest (usually means she's had enoug) and once she gets up and about you'll see the difference. All 3 of my children where big babies born (1. week early girl 8p 7oz, 2. boy on time 9p 7oz, 3. boy ontime 9p 11oz all where healthy and 53cm's long) but by the time the first 2 where 2 yrs old they had lost all the excess and I'm sure that my 10mth old will be the same. Oh yeah, at six mths Braith (youngest) was weighing 10.5 kgs now at 10mths he's a healthy 13kgs. Don't worry they are all different.
he is 2.5yrs old not even 10 kg and having trouble putting weight on. at birth his weight was 2.460 grms and born at 37 weeks and 5 days. so i dont know what im doing rong he isnt putting on weight so where do i go from here?
laurel & xanthe 18-11-04
Lisa,NSW, mum of 3
However, I am concerned about him staying a big boy throughout his childhood. I don't want him to have to struggle with weight throughout his life!!
Has anyone had big babies that have not grown up to be big/overweight children??
Nezzie, NSW, 3mth Baby
My DD was born at 9.5 pound (4200grams) and she automatically adjusted her weight especially when she started getting more active (from 6months) and is now on the 50% percentile both weight and height.
If you are solely breastfeeding then you have no concerns. When you get to solids, then you start to double question yourself about how much food is too little or too much (I'm sure most parents have asked themselves this).
I found DD gained alot of weight when I stopped exclusively breastfeeding (11 months) and even more when I stopped all breastfeeds (14 months) because of the essential oils in formula or toddler milk. I know I can give her cows milk now but the formula gives me peace of mind that she's getting all her nutrients. (I like the goats milk)
I'm no nutrientionist (hell I don't even know if I spelt it right), but my best bet is if we feed our children with healthy nutrientional food (unrefined breads - wholemeal, brown rice blah blah blah) and not wasted calories (lollypops, chips more blah blah blah) 90% of the time, even if obesity is genetic, then I believe they wont become obese.
ps something I posted some months ago on this same forum (about 4 pages down) is while we are aware of the possibilities of childhood obesity we can make conscious efforts to ensure our children get proper balanced meals and lots of exercise. And you're giving your baby the best start any mother could possibly give by b/feeding him.
Sorry to take up half the page
Daniella, Sydney, 15 month old
He still has 5 bottles a day(approx200mls each) and 2 fairly generous solid feeds.
He's in the 95th percentile for weight, height and head circumference.
Did you see on the news this morning that big babies have a higher IQ in later life, don't stress we've given birth to a couple of geniuses- lol!!
Joh, Will's mum
nice to know that mine is not the only bg bub. zac had his 4mnth weigh yesterday and was8.36kg and66cm in length......... The mchnurse told me he was "overweight" he has 5x200mls per day and i have just started rice cereal in the mornings......
My little fella is also not so little. Jake is 4mths and weighs about 8.5kg and is 69cm long. He has 4 to 5 200ml bottles per day and I haven't started him on solids yet.