3 Week Old Gaining Too Much Weight

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piperbrielle - May 6

I just took my 3 week old son for a checkup and his ped said that he had gained more weight than expected and that I was feeding him too much. But ever since he was born he has acted like he was never getting full. He is constantly wanting to eat. The ped said that I shouldnt feed him but every 3-4 hours and that he doesnt always have to have a full belly. Its easier said than done since he won't take his pacifier and won't sleep and the only thing to satisfy him is to give him formula. What should I do and could there be something wrong?

 

clindholm - May 6

Babies that young do not tend to overeat since overeating is a learned behavior. As long as you are not forcing him (which I'm sure you're not) then there really is no way a 3 week old is overeating. Babies are supposed to be fed "on demand" which you are doing. How much confidence do you have in this pedi? It sounds to me like you are doing everything right, have you considered going to a different pedi?

 

piperbrielle - May 6

I think what some of the problem with him eating so often may be that he eats slow. It takes him so long to eat 3 ounces that in an hour or so he is hungry again. This is the first time we have been to this pediatrician but around here it is so hard to get the doctor changed on the medical card and being from a small town there aren't a whole lot to choose from. He went from 6 ponds 12 ounces to 8 pounds 4 ounces in 2 and a half weeks. To me that doesn't sound like too much weight gain.

 

DDT - May 6

I don't agree with your ped at all, and personally if it were me I would be changing peds. Is he going to continue to give you wrong advice? can you trust him wholely? Anyway, if you think it's because he's drinking too slowly you can change his nipple to increase the flow. What stage nipple is he on? And both my sons were born at 7.5 lbs and by 1 month old had gained 2.5-3lbs. Your son has gained 1.5lbs so far...what is wrong with that? your doc is delusional and giving you bad advice. My family doc/OB were always happy with my son's weight gain. It's normal for babies to gain weight rapidly during the first 4-6 months and then start to stabilize. Your ped is making you concerned over nothing. BTW my FF sons were only able to go every 4hrs between feedings when they were 4 months old. It was only when they were about 2 months old that they started feeding every 3hrs. And they were never overweight...both fell between the 50th-75th for weight.

 

clindholm - May 6

My lo is 6 months old (adjusted 4.5 months) and he never goes longer than 3 hours and takes 6-7 ounces. He was a 33 weeker and is now 17 lbs. He also has a weak suck which makes feeding a little more difficult. My 2yo dd used to take one full hour per feed! It was ridiculous and then was hungry one hour after finishing. Trust your momma instinct! Feed your lo when he is hungry and you can't go wrong. I agree with DDT, she always gives good advice.

 

piperbrielle - May 6

Thank you all so much for the advice. It was very helpful. I mean I can't let my child starve and this is my 3rd one so I have experience and pediatrician or not I know whats best for my child. Thanks again!!

 

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