Childhood Diseases

Posted by: R | 2012/06/15


Am I over-feeding

Hi Doc,
Baby is 6 months and has been doing well. I put him on solids 3 weeks ago, and he loves it. He is happier now than ever before.
He is now weighing over 9 kg and seems to put on 100g weekly.
I try to cook his food often, but sometimes cheat with the purity jars during the week. 1 jar does not seem to be enough, so I give him 1.5 jar (120ml). He will then drink about 120ml milk, within an hour.
He is rather big and heavy, and I am wondering if I should restrict his portion size now?
He will eat as long as I am feeding him, but I notice when he is getting full he slows down, then I know he''s had enough, but he will finish.
Since he is already rather big, I am afraid of him putting on too much weight, even though it has been a steady increase. Should I be concerned at all, or continue to feed as he demands?

Expert's Reply



The average weight for a bay boy of 6 months is 7.8kg. Your baby's weight is well above the average. It would be good to know his height as well as he may just be a very big baby rather than being overweight.If you are concerned that he seems to be gaining too much weight it would be a good idea to only give him the recommended amounts of solids and to stop when he seems to slow down when eating.

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Posted by: Yousra | 2012/07/03

That is not the first time I have heard this! There was a case in the U.K. where the mother was prseocuted, before someone finally caught on!!!!This is what is so important about our awareness campaign in The GPs office. So the parent, who already feels guilty enough for even admitting that their bundle of joy might be misfiring on one or two cylinders, doesn''t get the heave ho from a Know-it-Feck-all. The Best G.Ps are the ones who say - I don''t know, lets find someone who does. or, You know best, you''re the parent. Lets get you some help.Strong woman you are Petunia. Strong Woman!

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