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    Default Skinny baby...help!

    My baby is 4mo (just yesterday). His head circ is 16", his weight is 11lbs and his length is 24". He was 6lbs. 8oz., 18" long when he was born. My Mom came to visit recently and said he looked like a one month old. She's "concerned" about his skinnyness. She has no esperience with a breastfed baby. I've been told not to be concerned about weight, but to look more towards wet and dirty diapers. He pees waay more than 6 a day and poops sometimes 0 a day but sometimes 3-4 times a day. This is my first successful breastfeeding so I'm learning the ropes and getting hit with my mothers "concerns". Can someone please tell me if I have anything to be concerned about?

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    Default Re: Skinny baby...help!

    Have you had his 4 mo check up yet? The ped should tell you if there's any need for concern! I'd say as long as he's hitting he seems to be developing okay & is have enoug wet/poopy diapers, you shouldn't get yourself worked up! Some babies are just small.
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    Default Re: Skinny baby...help!

    It sounds like his diaper output is great!! No concerns there. Can you tell me when the last time was he was weighed? Is that a recent weight? The last time you were at the pediatrician did s/he give you a percentile?
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    I wouldn't worry too much about it. IT sounds like he is right on track. I also have a "skinny" baby boy, about 18 lbs. at just about 8 months. However I am hearing this from family members who are used to seeing formula fed babies because none of the other people having babies are breastfeeding (couldn't hack it, or thought formula was "better"). Fatter doesn't necessarily mean healthier baby. Like PP said, if your DS is hitting milestones, energetic and content, he's probably fine...the doctor would tell you if there was a problem. Also, I read somewhere the breastfed babies naturally look leaner than formula fed babies. You're doing great
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    Default Re: Skinny baby...help!

    I have skinny babies too. People can be so obsessed w/ chubby babies. Not that there is anything wrong w/ chubby babies their cute too, but babies come in all shapes and sizes!!

    If you are concerned check w/ your dr. Wet diapers sound good.

    Jenn
    Mom to - DD1 10/5/05, DS 6/27/07 & DD2 6/18/09

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    We haven't gone to the docs yet 'cause I don't want to have to deal with the no vax issue (haven't found a doc who's okay with it), but yes he is hitting his milestones and he has content periods. I have started putting him on his tummy and he lifts up his upper body on his two skinny arms very well for quite a while too. He's starting to turn over while on his arms (but that's kinda easy when you get off balance). He talks to us and is very alert....thanks for the input ladies!

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    Default Re: Skinny baby...help!

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*violet View Post
    We haven't gone to the docs yet 'cause I don't want to have to deal with the no vax issue (haven't found a doc who's okay with it), but yes he is hitting his milestones and he has content periods. I have started putting him on his tummy and he lifts up his upper body on his two skinny arms very well for quite a while too. He's starting to turn over while on his arms (but that's kinda easy when you get off balance). He talks to us and is very alert....thanks for the input ladies!
    I see you are in Indiana... there is one doctor listed on the Dr. Sears web site that should be no-vax friendly (or at least willing to discuss) but he is in Indianapolis. Happen to be where you are?
    http://askdrsears.com/thevaccinebook...ly_Doctors.asp

    ETA: Is there a midwife or Lactation Consultant you could see just to have a current weight?
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    The last time I tried to go to a LLL meeting I crashed the car five minutes away, so I'll have to wait till the next one on the third Monday of Sept.

    I'll check into that Ped though...thanks for the reference!

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    Default Re: Skinny baby...help!

    I also have a skinny breastfed baby; I don't remember her weight at 4 months, but at 6 months, she was 12 lb. 13 oz. I am hoping she will be over 15 lb. at her 9 month checkup in mid-September. She was tiny when born, 6 lb. 1.5 oz. and just stays tiny. She didn't even want to eat any solids until she was 8 months old, and it's still a struggle. But, she is alert and happy, meeting her milestones, has plenty of wet & poopy diapers. I am lucky to have found a BF'ing-friendly ped. (I didn't realize how big an issue that was before DD was born, and I just lucked out in my choice of pediatricians.)
    Cheryl

    Mommy to Tessa Noelle 12/14/07

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    Default Re: Skinny baby...help!

    When I was home in June, my aunt informed me I needed to see a specialist because there was something wrong with my then 2 month old baby as she was too small. I can completely relate! She is 5 mos now, and around 11 lbs. We get officially weighed in 2 weeks. All babies are different and I'd just say trust your instincts. My parents and relatives are still on my back, but I just keep telling them she is doing fine. Hang in there!

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