My son is 2-months-old and already weighs about 13 lbs. I'm worried that he is gaining too much weight too fast. He is breast-fed and his doctor says not to worry, but if he keeps growing this fast he will be 25-30 lbs. at 4 months. I work in a daycare and have 1-year-olds that don't weigh that much. Is he normal?
Andrea, although your son is growing fast, he is probably normal. It’s good that you take him to the doctor for his well-baby checks at 2, 4, 6, 9, and 12 months. At each visit, the doctor will examine your baby thoroughly, weigh and measure him, and plot his growth on a chart. The doctor will look to see that his weight is within the normal range and his growth follows the proper curve. His weight of 13 lbs. at 2 months falls at the 90th percentile—that means your son is larger than 90% of babies. You didn’t say how much he weighed at birth, but I’d guess that it was around 9 lbs., also in the 90th percentile. If your baby continues to grow properly along his curve, he’ll weigh 17-18 lbs. at 4 months, not 25-30 lbs. That’ll spare your back a little!
It’s great that you’re breastfeeding—that’s the best nutrition for your baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding your baby for a year or more. Hold off giving your baby solid foods like cereal, fruits or vegetables until 4-6 months of age. Do you think he may be nursing too much? Notice how often he feeds—every two-four hours is typical. If he fusses between feedings when you think he may not be hungry, he may want something else other than milk—try a dummy to let him suck, talk with him, pick him up and walk around, check his nappy, etc.
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