2nd opinion time!
Here is a pic of her with her oldest sister. Isn't she cute? Didn't expect so many replies! But thanks for confirming what my mommy gut was telling me (i.e. the pediatrician is clueless). I will go on feeding my child on demand. I go to a group practice and this was the first time I met with this pedi. I won't f/u with her anymore. thanks everyone!
She is beautiful and looks so healthy. My baby is a chunky monkey too. I love healthy chunky babies and love knowing that my boobies helped her grow so much.
Bodhi was 15 lbs 7 oz and Griffin was 16 lbs at their 2 month check up. The docs and nurses made the "oh what big babies!" comments, but it was in a totally positive, "your milk must be amazing" sort of way. They were never concerned at all. I really don't think you can overfeed a baby that age. I would either bring it up with your doc that you think they're overreacting or just switch docs altogether.
Both of my girls were bigger than that at 2 months (95% +), EBF, and extremely chunky. Especially DD1, who is now 4 and weighs 34 lb (50%) but is super tall. I wouldn't be worried about weight at 2 months at all, and I would tell that pedi to read a book on BF or something (as I was telling her that I was going somewhere new).
And she's just a little doll!! LOVE chunky babies!
Last edited by jb60435; 05-04-2012 at 07:10 PM.
Me (Jen), DH (Mike), DD (Amelia Corinne, born April 25, 2008), DD (Liana Elise, born Sept 28, 2010)
Both your girls are adorable!!!
I will agree with the echo that that doctor is an idiot as well.
FWIW, my son was over 16lbs at 2 months (had to pull out the old slips, he was 16lbs 2 oz). He had more than doubled his birthweight by that time. None of our pedis ever commented about him being overweight. I think I was more concerned than they were. He was 32lbs at 12 months but 35 lbs at 3 years so the doctors were right now to worry. He is now really tall and lean and even though he is still heavy for his age, he is right around average (he is 10 now and 97lbs).
My DD had issues gaining weight starting at 6 months but even though she was not as heavy as my DS, she was REALLY chunky and everyone, including me loved her little chubby rolls and fat cheeks.
I also exclusively BFd.
She is perfect! FWIW, I had a pedi tell me to start giving my infant water in a bottle at 2 mos old and she also wanted to prescribe me muscle relaxants for my headaches even though I was breastfeeding and co-sleeping. Dr's are not the be all end all. Thank goodness we trust ourselves and seek the answers when the advice feels wrong!
Your ped is an idiot. OK, well, at least misguided.
Because she was a month early, she SHOULD be having catch-up growth and crossing percentiles like crazy. If you want to PM me your location I will see if I know anybody nearby...
I find it so sad that we live in a society in which an actual doctor would tell you to restrict a BF baby's feedings. Imagine how many mamas will listen to her absurd advice. Drs are educated in disease management, not nutrition, breastfeeding, holistic care, etc. and she clearly doesn't have a clue. Your girls are beautiful and your instincts are spot on, mama! Don't let her worry you.
I was also thinking that I always consider myself lucky when I find a doc who is supportive of more alternative/natural approaches. When I first saw my current OB/GYN for PG, I told him that I was still nursing my toddler, and he said, "Well, that's what you're supposed to do, right? Most people in the world still BF while PG." I was so happy, I could've fainted!
My Ds was the same at 2 months and his pedi was impressed and not the least bit concerned. I would look for a new pedi.
She is so cute! I agree with all the other ladies. Especially about how if the Dr. is concerned about metabolism issues they should be looking into that first instead of even hinting at restricting feedings.
I think its great that she is gaining so well after being born a premie. Great job, momma!
I agree with everyone else, that pedi is obviously completely uneducated when it comes to BFing. I cringe at the moms who don't know better who will listen to that advice. Go with your gut momma, she's just perfect!
Yeah. Idiot pedi clearly has no idea about exclusive breastfed babies. I'm surprised they didn't say go off BM and onto formula so you can regulate her feeding.
I would definitely continue on demand feeding - 2 months is way too early to start withholding the good booby juice. She'll regulate her own feeding and stop when she's full. I've never known a BF baby to overeat.
Maybe there's another doc in that practice who is better educated about the health of breastfed babies. I know it will be easier to find another doc within that practice than to necessarily go somewhere completely different.
Good luck momma, and keep listening to that intuition of yours.