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    Unhappy 12 lbs. 10 oz at birth

    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!!!!

    P.S.
    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.

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    Default Re: 12 lbs. 10 oz at birth

    bumping this up so that more mommas can see..
    as far as the comment about feeding twins, I think the lc was a little nutty with that one. It caused you to worry and thats not good.
    Just because they are bigger doesn't mean they need to eat more often.
    The latch on problems could have came from the bottles given to early.
    Some babys can switch between breast and bottle with no problem and some realy have problems.
    My biggest baby was 9lbs 4 oz.. not so big but my only natural no pain killer birth. My doctor induced me a week early with my next baby and he was 8lbs 4 oz..
    my 4th was born early and she was only a little bit over 5 lbs.
    Do you nurse him with lots of pillows? that might help if he is supported well so he cann't pop off unless he is done eating. Also one thing I thought of was breast compressions they would keep him sucking and eating.
    http://www.bfar.org/compression.shtml

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    Default Re: 12 lbs. 10 oz at birth

    WOW! I feel like there is no way I can relate but I can offer you my "big baby" story. Were you and/or your husband big babies? My husband and I are small people. I was 100 lbs before I got pregnant and had a 9 lb 12 oz baby by C section after it was clear that pushing him out wasn't working. I thought that was huge. I can't imagine over 12 lbs!!!! I also passed my gest. diabetes tests and Dr's gave no reason for his size.

    I have nursed him exclusively (he's now 3 mos) and he's doing just fine. He's now 17 lbs and keeping above the 95th percentile. We have no plans on introducing solids early for him. The fact that you got off to a bad start nursing might mean it takes more time to establish a nursing relationship. I think we got off to a bad start b/c I was unable to nurse for several hours after his birth. (I was given a general anesthetic after the epidural(s) and spinal failed.) I also had a MIL that was not very supportive of BF who stayed with us the 1st 2 wks. DS was 8 wks old before I felt I was supplying enough for his demand. The fact that your DS is growing well says you're doing great and BM is all he needs to thrive!

    We also plan on having another child and I have succumbed to the fact that I will probably have another C-section. I understand your worry.

    Be proud of yourself! You've accomplished quite a feat carrying your DS and delivering him. HTH

    Jennifer
    Amazed and Proud mom of Luke (Lucas) - 4/5/2006; 9 lbs 12 oz , 22in
    Wife to best friend Carl - 11/4/2001

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    Default Re: 12 lbs. 10 oz at birth

    Wow first thing i thought when i read this was ouch!!
    DS was born 7lbs 12oz and i thought he was a big boy, as both me and hubby were 6lbs. DS at his 2 month yesturday barely weighed over that, 12lbs 15.5oz.
    Just wanted to say grats to u for carry such a large bundle of joy.

    Oh and my aunt managed to push out a 11lb baby so it is possible in some people at least to push out a huge one.

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    Default Re: 12 lbs. 10 oz at birth

    congratulations on your big boy!
    it may be of small comfort to you, but he may likely slow down a bit at some point and be of average size, while other babies have their growth spurts at different times (every baby is on his own time schedule for growing, feedings, milestones and all that).
    let me say that you do NOT have to worry about any special feeding requirements because he's bigger than most - just follow his cues and nurse him when he needs it.
    you also do NOT need to worry about introducing solids earlier because he's bigger. (even though some might try to tell you so, it's just not true). babies dont yet have the necessary digestive development to adequately handle solids before 6 months, and they dont need anything but breast milk for nurtition until 12 months. regardless of size.
    If he's having troubles with his latch or sucking, a visit to a good LC or LLL leader is a good idea.

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    Thanks so much for the replies! To answer some of the questions...

    My hubby and I were 8 lbs. something when we were born, and there are only two grandfathers (on hubby's side) who were in the 12-13lb. range; not enough evidence for genetic.

    I'm so glad that just b/c he's large doesn't mean we'll have to stop bfing! So so so so glad!

    Also, I'm so thankful that there wasn't anything more wrong with my boy when he was born. A friend of mine had a son 30 years ago, 12lbs 12 oz vaginally, but he had nerve damage from beibg born. Also, the mother of my hubby's large grandfather died having him. Just a few years later in technology really made the difference. At the hospital, the nurse and dr. gave me the option to try to have my baby w/out c-section, but I'm glad I didn't even try.

    Thanks for all the replies!

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    Default Re: 12 lbs. 10 oz at birth

    My dd was 9lb 11oz at birth. My glucose test was normal too, and I have no explanation for her big size other than a lot of pancake breakfasts and ice cream! I also had a c-section; she was up so high because she couldn't fit into my pelvis. My pregnancy was fine but I was pretty uncomfortable the last month. Now almost 3 months, she was 14lb 7oz at ped yesterday, still on 95% curve. She only gets breastmilk, and I plan on doing that at least until she turns 6 months old. I had some problems starting out too though. I also didn't get to nurse her right away because I was vomiting after the epidural. Also didn't get to see a lc for 2 days despite my persistent requests. Have had some problems with overactive letdown and green poops which finally seem to be subsiding. I never had a problem with her latching; you might want to call someone from LLL in your city to have them come to your house and watch you nurse.

    Congrats on your son. The nice thing about having a big baby is that there is so much more of them to love! It also gives us nice stories about all the newborn diapers we had that she could never wear and all of the clothes that went straight to the goodwill pile.

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    Wow! Our babies are almost birthday twins! My son was born April 13, 2006. Thank you for the suggestions! He is gaining well, and I am so glad that we will be able to continue nursing. I have heard that big babies are often "sluggish" eaters at first, so maybe that was it with both of us? It is so disheartening when you cannot nurse right away when your baby is born. You read in books for 9 months about how important it is to nurse right away, and you get this picture in your mind of how it will all go. When it doesn't go that way, it's such a let down. My boy started out in 3-6 month clothes, but grew out of those in about 2 weeks! I love him to death, and am grateful that I did not give up on bfing him. Isn't it adorable when they fall asleep while eating, or just look up at you with those big eyes as if to say "Thanks Mom, this is great!" Thanks for telling me your story!

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    Default Re: 12 lbs. 10 oz at birth

    Well, 2 of my 3 had low blood sugars, so I can relate to that. My boys were 8pds 5 1/2 oz and 8 pds 6oz, but they had dangerously low blood sugars and James was on a glucose IV, with the heel prick every 2 hours. I passed the gestational diabetis test during pg, but they think there is a possiblity of me having it anyways. Next time I'm just going on the gest. diabeties diet anyway. Geneticly and according to thier growth curve they went down to after birth, two peds said they should have been barely 5pds.

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    Default Re: 12 lbs. 10 oz at birth

    Congrats and kudos to you for bring such a wonderful baby into the world. My son was 9 lbs at birth and we had lots of problems breastfeeding. Which I now know was b/c ofnot enough support not b/c of his size. Use all the resources you can talk to dh and explain you will need his support and assistance sometimes don't hesitate to get him to prop your pillows if you aren't comfy cuz both you and ds need to positioned just right. Just remember your breasts will produce what is needed. All the best with your bundle of joy.

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