New Mom Secret: My Baby Is Too Fat

It's hard being a new mom (or even an experienced mom to a new baby) and sometimes we do things we know we shouldn't, despite what all the experts say. But this is a safe place to share your secrets (PM me)—we'll never tell.

This Week's Secret:

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My daughter is 4 months old and she is getting huge, chunky thighs and big, thick arms. Her cheeks are gigantic and she has rolls everywhere. When we go out, everyone says how cute she is, but I worry. She was born heavy at 9 pounds, 4 ounces. I was heavy my whole life until about six years ago when I lost 80 pounds. My husband is a trim athlete, but everyone else in his family is huge. My doctor says not to worry and it will all even out, but I am really worried anyway. I don't want her to go through the torment I went through as a fat girl. I am considering cutting back her nursing schedule. -- Anonymous

If your doctor says she is fine, then she is fine. Seriously. Don't project your worries on to your child. You will almost certainly cause her to have an eating disorder or worse.

She is still so young. You have nothing to worry about. When she gets older, if the problem is still there, then worry, but for now, you have to listen to the doctor and feed your baby when she is hungry.

If that's too hard, you may want to talk to someone about it to ease your worries.

Do you have any advice for this mom?

 

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