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i have a friend who has a 3 month old

we work together and we're always talking about our babies because his daughter is 3 weeks older than my son...well today he told me that he is worried about her because she was born she was in the 90% of new borns she was a little over 9 pounds well now she's 10 lbs 6 0z and is at the low end of the normal range, while my son is gaining 2lbs a month. Should he be worried? What should he be asking the doctors? They say it's normal, but I can understand why he's worried.

*She is breast feeding

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lovingedward

Asked by lovingedward at 9:06 PM on Jan. 10, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • 10 pounds sounds about right for a 3 month old. She was born a big baby and maybe lost weight before she left the hospital. If doctors were concerned then they would say /do something. It's just new daddy worries.
    mommy_of_two388

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 9:08 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • She may just be small.
    TARARENEE

    Answer by TARARENEE at 9:08 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • My baby was the same way. Born at 8lbs15oz but was only a little less than 12lbs at her 4 month check up. Doctor called her the incredible shrinking baby. I too was breastfeeding only. Then at that 4 month check up, doc said it was okay to supplement with spoon-fed cereal and by 6 month check up, she is 16 pounds, so back on track. There is nothing wrong with your friends' baby. She shouldn't stop breastfeeding if she's worried. Babies grow at different rates.
    keisha613

    Answer by keisha613 at 9:10 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Most doctors won't worry unless the baby drops about 20% on the chart between visits. All babies gain differently so comparing your LO's weight gain with his isn't a good way to measure at all. Also, breastfed babies gain more slowly that formula fed babies starting at around the 4 month mark. Tell him to ask his ped at the next appt if his LO is gaining properly for a BF baby, make sure that the chart that is being used is for BF babies, and just as long as the baby is making 6+ wet diapers a day baby is more than likely getting enough.
    rhianna1708

    Answer by rhianna1708 at 9:10 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • probably not much to worry about or the dr would say something. My son was born a little guy at 6lbs and gained weight prett fast but then all of a sudden leveled off hes small for his age hes 21months and only 25lbs its more of a hight issue for him as he looks more like a 12month old lol but the dr isnt worried about him hes steadly going up.
    Jaxsmommy09

    Answer by Jaxsmommy09 at 9:13 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • If he's really worried, check it out with a pediatrician. It's probably nothing, but it's good to get peace of mind.
    Olivia4116

    Answer by Olivia4116 at 9:18 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • If your baby id formula fed you can't compare their weights. Most BF babies gain weight slower than FF babies because there is no crap in BM (no offense) and it is totally normal. His baby may just be petite also, one of my girls gained 4 pounds in her first 7 months of life and she is perfectly healthy. 10lbs at 3 months for a BF baby is good.
    matthewscandi

    Answer by matthewscandi at 9:20 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • The best thing to do would be to stop comparing!!
    Missbehaves

    Answer by Missbehaves at 9:23 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • As long as she's maintaining a healthy weight she's fine.
    Not all children gain weight the same way. Some children gain steadily per month and others gain steadily every two months, etc. It depends on the child and their genetics. If she is maintaining a healthy weight then he shouldn't worry.
    JazzlikeMraz

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 9:33 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • His baby could easily have a growth spurt soon and catch up. Comparing may be a fun game, but it is not a good way to determine whether babies are "on track" or healthy. Each baby grows at different rates and have growth spurts at different times.
    bugfin

    Answer by bugfin at 9:36 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

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