Self Doubt

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?

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12 Comments

  1. Babies are little people God made them perfect. They will let you know when you are over feeding them because it will come right up when too much milk goes in their belly 🙂 When hungry they will cry listen to your momma instinct. ❤️

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  2. What a gorgeous baby! I agree with the mamas who said to feed according to need. My youngest is a little chunk as well and I often get comments asking how much I’m feeding him. Trust your mommy instincts and as he continues to grow his feeding needs will change. 🙂

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  3. You hit the nail on the head by saying that every baby is different. I am on the opposite side of the spectrum in that my little Ellie has always been smaller than those her age. While she is well above where she should be in length, we have always been in the lower 30% for weight. Honestly, every baby’s metabolism is different, and I have accepted within the last couple of months that Ellie’s is just really high. Her weight however made me doubt myself A LOT in the early months.

    My advice, listen to your baby and have faith in yourself as a momma. You and your baby will figure this out together, and having him be a bit on the chunky side may only be a short term thing. Wait until his next growth spurt and see if he doesn’t even out a bit. Baby’s can be funny like that!

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