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Breastfeeding Baby Weight Gain

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by Carike
(London)

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Visitor Question: My baby boy weighed 3.6kg at birth. He did not loos any weight after birth and now at 10 weeks, he weighs 6.75kg. He seems to be gaining about 300g a week.

He is between 91 and 98 on his growth chart in both weight and length. He seems constantly hungry and goes for only about 2-3 hours between feeds during the day. I read somewhere that babies gaining weight this fast at such a young age puts them at risk of obesity. Should I be concerned?

Breastfeeding Magazine.com Response: One of the amazing things about breastfeeding is that babies can self-regulate how much they eat at each feeding.

When moms bottle-feed, they often encourage a baby to finish a bottle even if the baby not longer is hungry. In contrast, a breastfeeding baby can eat more or less as he or she needs.

In addition, breastfeeding has been shown to actually reduce the chances of your child becoming obese later in childhood or as an adult.

As adults, they generally have a reduced risk of heart disease as well.

As long as you are exclusively breastfeeding, there is no reason to worry about your child’s weight or to restrict his access to the breast. He will be just fine.

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