My “little” Gray is quite the chunk and I absolutely love it. However, I tend to get comments about how big Grayson is and I often let it get to me. It’s not that I care what others think, but it makes me question if I am overfeeding. All I want, is to be the best mom for Gray and if he is a little bigger than others his age, that’s fine. He is a growing boy and is progressing right on track. I know there are set standards on how much your baby should eat and percentiles of what your baby “should” weigh, but I need to keep reminding myself that every child is different. I took comfort in this article. It states, “The most important thing to remember, whether you breastfeed or bottlefeed, is that your baby’s feeding needs are unique.”
Grayson is 15 weeks and currently he eats 3 ounces every 2 hours, but at breakfast and bedtime he has 4 ounces. We have increased to see if he can go longer in between feedings, but these trials didn’t seem to work. Having less formula, more frequently is what works for us. We have been very blessed and he sleeps through the night…probably why he is so hungry during the day. I am praying to avoid the 4 month sleep regression! Although he eats frequently during the day, our pediatrician has told me that this was completely fine. I will continue following his hunger cues and reminding myself that my little “chunk” is perfectly healthy.
What are your thoughts on following the recommended feedings? Do you ever experience any self-doubt?