Exclusively Bfing And Worried About Dd S Weight Gain

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JessC531 - December 14

I posted this on the br___tfeeding forum, but it's pretty slow over there so I thought I'd try here as well. My dd is 4 months old and I exclusively br___tfeed her. She was 8 1/2 pounds at birth, and is now just about 14. I worry that she's not gaining enough... I have a number of friends who had babies within a month of me, and dd was the biggest at birth, but she's now the smallest. All the others but one are formula fed though. Anyway... I just worry that she's not gaining enough. I read they should double their weight by 4 - 5 months, but she's 3 pounds off! Is this ok??? This is my first child, and I really don't want to have to start giving her formula...

 

DDT - December 14

Personally I think she is doing just fine. Is she meeting all her developmental milestones for her age? My local nurse always told me that as long as your lo is gaining 1lb a month min. and they are meeting their milestones then they are getting all the nutrition they need. From what I have read FF babies & BF babies tend to gain weight at the same rate for the first few months and then after about 6 months the BF babies tend to gain weight more slowly than the FF babies. You dd has gained 5.5lbs in 4 month. That is fine! My FF ds gained 9 lbs in 4 months!! He doubled his weight, and now at 10 months he's already just about tripled it. Once your dd starts solids she may gain weight more quickly if you push those high fatty foods like avocado.

 

Nerdy_Girl_10242006 - December 14

Actually she seems big if you ask me, my 7 month old niece is 16bs and she is huge

 

DDT - December 14

Actually 16lbs at 7 months is between the 10-25 percentile for weight. That's small. At 7 months my ds (keep in mind boys growth charts are different from girls) was 19lbs at in the 25-50 percentile for weight. That's average.

 

DDT - December 14

BTW JessC531 your dd is in the 25-50 percentile for weight. That's great!

 

DDT - December 14

sorry * my ds was 19lbs at 7 months

 

Nerdy_Girl_10242006 - December 14

Ok wait, I asked my sister again and she is 20lbs and she weighs as much as my nephew who is a year old. she was 16lbs when she was 3 months old. I knew she was huge...and my nephew is small for his age being 20lbs and a year and 3 months I believe lol I don't know, so what is my daughters range at. She is 11 lbs and she is 3 1/2 months

 

DDT - December 14

Nerdy_Girl_10242006 : Your dd is in the 10th percentile for weight. She was small at birth though wasn't she?

 

Nerdy_Girl_10242006 - December 14

yeah she was 5lbs 14oz at birth, only a week and 3 days early tho

 

JessC531 - December 14

Well, at 2 months she was in the 90th percentile, if I'm remembering correctly! I would think it's not a good thing to go down that much. But those charts are for formula fed babies, so that could be why...

 

JessC531 - December 14

Now that I'm thinking about it, I think her height was 90th and her weight was 75th or so. But still...

 

excited2bemama - December 14

DOn't worry. AS long as she is peeing and pooping and meeting her milestones and seems satisfied after a feeding she is fine!!! Their is a huge range of normal on the charts and the charts don't really matter anyway. YOu have to look at the baby. You can't compare b___stfed babies with formula fed babies- They grow different. Breastfed babies gain more weight inthe begginning and then slow down. Formula fed babies gain weight slower int he beggining and then speed up. The charts are not based on totally b___stfed babies!!!!! my 6.5 month old only weighs 15 lb 5 oz - my friends 8.5 month old exclusevely b___stfed baby only weighs 16 lbs. You can't go by the charts. Besides if you have been b___stfeeding her all along and she is getting enough then its extremely rare that all of a sudden your b___sts don't produce enough milk for her. YOu are fine. Ohh and jus tas an example. like I said dd is b___stfed and 15 lbs 5 oz at 6 months- another friends ds at 6.5 months was 23 lbs!!! Huge range of weight- all normal Are you feeding on demand? If you are reallty worried offer the b___st more. She is chubby???.

 

britt_m - December 14

My dd was like that too. At two months she was 12 lbs, at 4 months she was 12.8 obs. She was chunky, then thinned out. She wasn't skin and bones tho. Docs weren't worried as she was doing great besides her weight. Now shes 6 1/2 months and has an appt Mon. I started her on solids at 4 months b/c I couldn't get her to bf longer and I wanted to add some fat on her. I weighed her last week and she weighed over 15bs so we'll see what the doc says. She still bf the same every 2-3 hours and about 20 each time.

 

sahmof3 - December 16

My oldest son started out at 9 lbs. 5 oz. and at 4 months he was only 14-something, at 6 months he was 16-something. He was only 21 lbs. at a year. he's still pretty small for his age. Perfectly healthy. He was also b___stfed. Also, it's usually unrealistic for the bigger babies to double their weight by 4-5 months... my youngest was 10 lbs. 6 oz. at birth and would have been expected to be over 20 lbs. at 4-5 months going by that LOL.

 

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