Hi! I'm a first time Mom, of a 2 1/2 month old, who was big at birth(12lbs 10oz). I was not diagnosed with any unusual problems with my blood sugar, yet, had a large baby by c-section. I was wondering if there is anyone else out there who has had a large baby, and perhaps would have some insight into how this happened. Also, anything that you had to do differently since your baby was so large. Me? I'm worried I'll have to start solids earlier since he is so big right now. At his 2 month appt, he was already 15 lbs. 7 oz, and I'm sure he's 16+ now. I really really wanted to nurse exclusively until at least 6 months, but now I'm worried about his size. At birth, the lactation specialist told me it would be much like nursing twins, that he would need to eat as much. We had a lot of problems at first, as he was given formula because of his glucose problems. This led to a lot of nights of crying because I didn't have the let down kick in until he was about 2 weeks old.
Anyway, now and since then, he has not been a very good "sucker" as I've never been sore (though he eats 8+times a day, sometimes 45 min. at a time), and I never have to be careful when I take him off my breast; he never fights, and often looses it, then cries. How do I get him to suck more efficently? Is this something that is common with larger babies? Is there anyone out there with a large baby too, or similar experiences that can offer some advice? Thank you!!!!
If you did have a large baby, was your next one large too? My doctor says that even if I lost a lot of weight, and watched what I ate VERY VERY carefully, I might have an 11 lb baby instead of 12... I'm so scared of this again! The last month of the pregnancy was so hard... I want more kids, but the thought of another one with these problems really scares me. I don't want to put another child through what my son did (although, I know there are much worse things that could have happened, I guess anything other than "perfect" makes Mom's feel like they did something wrong...). My son was in the level 2 nursery for 3 days, and I didn't even get to TRY nursing him until the second evening. He had an IV, monitors, and was being pricked on his poor feet every 2 hours or so to check his glucose. I know others have gone longer, and had harder things, but it was a nightmare. He is adorable though, and he has brought us so much happiness!! I'm so thankful he was as healthy as he was though, because things could have been worse.