May 2013 Moms

Weigh in for 7 weekers?

How long is your 7 week old?

How much does your 7 week old weigh?

My pediatrician told me that my son was too heavy (8lbs 5oz at that time) and eating too much (3 oz every 2 hours at that time) for his age (5.5 weeks at that time) and length (20 1/4" at that time.)

Now he is 7.5 weeks old, 9lbs 10oz, eating 4 oz every 3-4 hours (mostly 4), he is still 20 1/4 inches (as far as I know lol), and I'm terrified that she is going to say he is just too big and eating too much again on the 8th for his 2 month well and first set of vaccinations. My fiance and I are obese so I try and watch when and how much our son eats VERY, VERY carefully because of that and she made me feel like a total failure anyway. What do you other moms think who have babies my son's age?

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  • Thats strange to me because my LO is 5 weeks and weighs 9.8 lbs and is in 40 th percentile for weight. Can you ask the doc for percentile stats? I dont know how much he eats exactly because he's breastfeeding.
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  • kmcd23kmcd23
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    Seems odd to me too. LO is 9 lbs 7 oz at 4 weeks and 2 days. Last measurement was 22". He's right around the 50th percentile at that weight, and his pedi is really happy with his growth.

    Good luck! Maybe ask her why she thinks that? Maybe it's a misunderstanding?
  • I think she was saying all that because he was born really small, 5lbs 14oz, and has doubled his weight in 2 months. That's all I can think, but she was definitely saying that he is gaining too fast and is bigger in size than his length should dictate (short and fat, basically lol) - UGH!!! lol
  • From my understanding you want the weight and length percentile to be close together. Perhaps your doc is seeing a pattern of weight gain that could be problemtic?

    Are you feeding breastmilk or formula? I am feeding my LO expressed breastmilk and he takes between 25 to 30 ounces a day at 6 weeks. But formula and breastmilk are very different...

    From what I've read about formula feeders, it does seem your LO's diet is a bit heavy. Are you demand feeding?
  • That doesn't seem like a heavy baby. My son was 10 lbs 6 oz at his one month appt. Our pedi showed no concern whatsoever. As long as he is on the growth charts and gaining at a steady rate, I see no issues.

    ETA. My oldest doubled her birth weight in 2 months. She was 5 lbs 1 oz at birth and 10 lbs 10 oz at her 2 month.
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    My daughter was born at 6lbs 11oz. At a little over 4 weeks she was 8lbs 8oz. She's about the 25th percentile and her Dr was very pleased with her growth. She said they look for weight gain of about 2lbs a month.
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  • image Shoecrazysarah:
    From what I've read about formula feeders, it does seem your LO's diet is a bit heavy. Are you demand feeding?

     

    We absolutely do NOT demand feed him and we have a baby that will cry 12+ hours a day and has since he was 3 weeks old. So, feeding him every 4 hours is an absolute NIGHTMARE because between feedings he is ANGRY and screaming (dr says nothing is wrong with him at every visit he's had.) We time his feedings VERY carefully and measure out his ounces VERY carefully as well. If he does not eat at LEAST 3 oz (never more than 4) he gets blue and purple and screams so hard he can't open his eyes because they get goopy with tears and other eye goobers and will NOT stop for 4 hours until his next feeding. 

  • LO weighed 11 lbs 5 oz 23.5 inches long at his 3 week appt. He's now 5 weeks and we don't go back till our 2 mo visit. And honestly, why wouldn't a pedi want to see a 5 lb baby at birth grow fairly quickly? I wouldn't stress too much, hang in there!!
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    image Shoecrazysarah:
    From what I've read about formula feeders, it does seem your LO's diet is a bit heavy. Are you demand feeding?

     

    We absolutely do NOT demand feed him and we have a baby that will cry 12+ hours a day and has since he was 3 weeks old. So, feeding him every 4 hours is an absolute NIGHTMARE because between feedings he is ANGRY and screaming (dr says nothing is wrong with him at every visit he's had.) We time his feedings VERY carefully and measure out his ounces VERY carefully as well. If he does not eat at LEAST 3 oz (never more than 4) he gets blue and purple and screams so hard he can't open his eyes because they get goopy with tears and other eye goobers and will NOT stop for 4 hours until his next feeding. 

    Reading this makes me sad! Please do not let your doctor make you feel like you need to have your infant on a diet or be so exact with his feedings, that's insane.  DD2 is EBF and is currently fed on demand, but DD1 was FF and we fed her at least every 3 hours and she took 4 oz at a time by 2 months of age. She was born at 4 lbs 12 oz and doubled her weight by 2 months and quadrupled it by one year. Our pediatrician explained that they gain quickly in the first 3 months and then it slows down from 3-6 months, slows down further from 6-9 months and again from 9-12 months. Normal weight gain for babies whether FF or BF is 1/2 oz to 1 oz per day. So in 2 months, that would be approximately 60 ounces, or  3.75 pounds, which would put your LO at close to 10 pounds, so he is perfect right now. Most pediatricians just want baby to stay on a good growth curve where they stay close to the same percentile. Honestly your pedi sounds like a bit of a jerk and I think I'd be looking for a new one!

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  • My LO was 7 lb. 13 oz at birth and 10 lbs at his 1 month appointment. My doc said he was doing wonderfully. I feed him on demand and he eats 5 oz every 2 1/2 hours except at night. He is in the 50th for weight and. 75th for height.

    Eta: He is the happiest baby and sleeps well so I wouldn't change any of it.

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    image ArizonaJessika:

    image Shoecrazysarah:
    From what I've read about formula feeders, it does seem your LO's diet is a bit heavy. Are you demand feeding?

     

    We absolutely do NOT demand feed him and we have a baby that will cry 12+ hours a day and has since he was 3 weeks old. So, feeding him every 4 hours is an absolute NIGHTMARE because between feedings he is ANGRY and screaming (dr says nothing is wrong with him at every visit he's had.) We time his feedings VERY carefully and measure out his ounces VERY carefully as well. If he does not eat at LEAST 3 oz (never more than 4) he gets blue and purple and screams so hard he can't open his eyes because they get goopy with tears and other eye goobers and will NOT stop for 4 hours until his next feeding. 

    If your child is hungry, please feed him. There are reasons that babies eat a lot such as growth spurts. A newborn shouldn't be on a diet. I've always struggled with my weight and very much hope our daughter doesn't, but at this age she's growing and needs to eat if she's hungry!
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    I don't know if it will make you feel any better, but my LO will be 7 weeks tomorrow and weighs 13 lbs 4 oz. As far as we can tell, he's 23 inches long.

    I feed about half expresses breast milk, half formula. LO eats 4 to 5 oz every 3 hours or so, with a cluster feed of slightly smaller amounts in the evening. If we fed him less milk or less often, I'm pretty sure he'd think he was starving.

    Neither the pedi nor the public health nurse that weighs him in between appts seem concerned.

    I hope your appt goes well and you're able to relax a little bit moving forward!

    ETA: LO's weight gain since 4 weeks has equaled about 2.25 oz per day. That's higher than average, but again, the pedi doesn't seem concerned.
  • I don't know much about formula fed weight but your little one sounds fine. If it were me I would find a new pedi.
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    My son is 5 weeks old and weighs 10 lbs 1 oz as of yesterday. Dr said it was perfect and he's in the 50th percentile. So your 7 week old isn't overweight.

  • It would concern me to be having scheduled feelings like this to prevent LO from eating. Our LO was 9.2 lbs when born. He eats on demand which can be anywhere from hourly to every few hrs.. Mostly hourly during the day.

    DH and I are also overweight, but I think the issue come in to play when older and establishing healthy eating habits like fruits and veggies vs cookies and soda.

    I'm sorry it's so tough for you right now, but big LO is crying because he's hungry, feed him!!

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  • We were at 11 lbs 3 oz last week at 4 weeks and 22.5 inches long. Our pedi was very happy with his 3 lb weight gain since birth. I would want to know why your pedi is worried. Chubby babies are healthy babies. I also have no idea exactly how much he eats since I'm EBF.
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  • I've never heard of a baby being too big at this point... I don't get around much tho so that could be it. I have no advice but I just wanted to say that I hope it gets better for you! It's stressful enough being a mom without being told you're doing something "wrong".
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    image Shoecrazysarah:
    From what I've read about formula feeders, it does seem your LO's diet is a bit heavy. Are you demand feeding?

     

    We absolutely do NOT demand feed him and we have a baby that will cry 12+ hours a day and has since he was 3 weeks old. So, feeding him every 4 hours is an absolute NIGHTMARE because between feedings he is ANGRY and screaming (dr says nothing is wrong with him at every visit he's had.) We time his feedings VERY carefully and measure out his ounces VERY carefully as well. If he does not eat at LEAST 3 oz (never more than 4) he gets blue and purple and screams so hard he can't open his eyes because they get goopy with tears and other eye goobers and will NOT stop for 4 hours until his next feeding. 



    Maybe that's the problem? Everything I have read and been told is NOT to feed a newborn on a schedule, but rather to demand feed. This is how I feed my LO.

    You seem angry at my response. I thought you were seeking actual opinions, not just reassurance that nothing is wrong...

    Edit: Also, yesterday was a weird feeding day for LO. He ate about every 3060 min, but only .25 to . 50 at most feedings. He still ended up at his 30 ounces for the day. They r very good at regulating themselves.
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    image ArizonaJessika:

    image Shoecrazysarah:
    From what I've read about formula feeders, it does seem your LO's diet is a bit heavy. Are you demand feeding?

     

    We absolutely do NOT demand feed him and we have a baby that will cry 12+ hours a day and has since he was 3 weeks old. So, feeding him every 4 hours is an absolute NIGHTMARE because between feedings he is ANGRY and screaming (dr says nothing is wrong with him at every visit he's had.) We time his feedings VERY carefully and measure out his ounces VERY carefully as well. If he does not eat at LEAST 3 oz (never more than 4) he gets blue and purple and screams so hard he can't open his eyes because they get goopy with tears and other eye goobers and will NOT stop for 4 hours until his next feeding. 

    If your child is hungry, please feed him. There are reasons that babies eat a lot such as growth spurts. A newborn shouldn't be on a diet. I've always struggled with my weight and very much hope our daughter doesn't, but at this age she's growing and needs to eat if she's hungry!

    This.  Plus at this stage important things are growing, like LO's brain.

    My LO was 6 lbs 14 oz and 20.5 inches at birth.  At her two week checkup she was up to 8 lbs 9 oz and they didn't say anything. 

    I EBF so its a little different but my LO would be so VERY unhappy if she had to wait 4 hours between feedings.  She eats whenever she is hungry. 

    Also, as PP mentioned, what about growth spurts?  They need to eat more during those. 

    I agree with others that I'd be looking for a new pedi if yours is making you feel like you need to limit feedings. 

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  • I thought scheduled feedings were for when LO isn't eating enough...not waking up enough to eat... not the other way around.
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  • Feed on demand. In my experience, if baby has too much they will pull away. LO may be gearing up for the next growth spurt, and needs the extra nourishment. Your pedi sounds like an .

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    I thought scheduled feedings were for when LO isn't eating enough...not waking up enough to eat... not the other way around.

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    There is no way I could pay more attention to the clock rather than my baby to know when it's time to feed her. Especially if she screamed all day.
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    image ArizonaJessika:

    How long is your 7 week old?

    How much does your 7 week old weigh?

    My pediatrician told me that my son was too heavy (8lbs 5oz at that time) and eating too much (3 oz every 2 hours at that time) for his age (5.5 weeks at that time) and length (20 1/4" at that time.)

    Now he is 7.5 weeks old, 9lbs 10oz, eating 4 oz every 3-4 hours (mostly 4), he is still 20 1/4 inches (as far as I know lol), and I'm terrified that she is going to say he is just too big and eating too much again on the 8th for his 2 month well and first set of vaccinations. My fiance and I are obese so I try and watch when and how much our son eats VERY, VERY carefully because of that and she made me feel like a total failure anyway. What do you other moms think who have babies my son's age?

    Dd is 6 weeks old and FF mostly. She weighed 8 lbs at birth and now weighs 10lbs 10 oz.  dh and I are both obese and there is no way that I would be limiting DD at this early age. If your baby is crying all day it is because he is starving. DD eats on demand. At night she will go five hours and during the day it is sometimes hourly. We feed her 2 oz at a time and more if she wants it. What baby weighs now has nothing to do with being obese later. It's healthy eating habits as they grow up that will help in the long run.  

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  • Also even when feeding on demand, I find that DS eats the same amount in a 24 hour period, give or take a few oz... usually 4 oz at a time. This is what he has figured out he needs. He dictates it, not us. Our pedi said under normal conditions, babies won't starve and won't eat more than they need. They will wake when they are hungry and stop when they are full.
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  • I didn't read all the posts, so I apologize if somebody already said this...but my pedi said that they don't worry about obesity in babies until past 2 years old...babies can't be obese.

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  • image cesmiley:
    I didn't read all the posts, so I apologize if somebody already said this...but my pedi said that they don't worry about obesity in babies until past 2 years old...babies can't be obese.

     

    this is my pedi's view also. my son gained 18 oz in the 6 days between his 1 week and 2 week appointments. he's in the 95th percentile across the board and the pedi is very happy with his growth. I'd look for a 2nd opinion or a new dr. if I were you, OP. 

  • image cesmiley:
    I didn't read all the posts, so I apologize if somebody already said this...but my pedi said that they don't worry about obesity in babies until past 2 years old...babies can't be obese.

     

    this is my pedi's view also. my son gained 18 oz in the 6 days between his 1 week and 2 week appointments. he's in the 95th percentile across the board and the pedi is very happy with his growth. I'd look for a 2nd opinion or a new dr. if I were you, OP. 

  • Personally, I would find a new pediatrician, both because of the "too heavy" idea and to get a second opinion about the screaming.

    I EFF my LO on demand.  She's 5 weeks old and eats 2-5 oz. per sitting.  I follow her hungry and full cues so the exact amount and the time between bottles varies throughout the day and night.  FWIW, I asked my pediatrician if LO was eating enough and he laughed and said she has a healthy appetite.

    I decided to feed on demand because I don't think that a healthy newborn will overeat unless someone is force-feeding them.  I figure that they're so young, they haven't had time to learn to ignore their hungry/full cues.  I myself tend to overeat and I don't want my LO to do it too.  But instead of making food restricted in some way, I'm hoping that she'll learn to listen to her body.  Just another approach. 

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  • He is 8 weeks now, but at 7 weeks he was 12 lbs on the nose.
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  • DD has an appointment yesterday at 7 weeks and weighed 9lbs 8oz and our doctor told us she was on the smaller side not bad just smaller. Her brother is a little over 11lbs. He eats 4-5 oz 3-4 hours during the day and 5-8 hours at night. 
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