The Perfect Size Baby
By Wendy Copeland and Lori Ahrenhoerster
Waukesha and Menominee Falls WI USA
From: NEW BEGINNINGS, Vol. 17 No. 6, November-December 2000, p. 204
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Even though babies come in all shapes and sizes, it's hard not to worry about whether your baby is too thin or too fat. The fact is that some are petite, some are chunky; some are short and pudgy while others are long and thin. Breastfeeding babies are no exception to this rule!
My friend, Lori, and I met via email while we were both pregnant. We discovered that we had daughters with similar birthdays and that our upcoming due dates were within days of each other. We quickly became friends, emailing back and forth and maintaining a cyberspace friendship.
Our sons, Curtis Copeland and Travis Ahrenhoerster, were born only 2 days apart and both boys loved to breastfeed. After they were born, we finally met in person at an LLL meeting and discovered that our babies were very different in size and shape despite their similar ages and diet (neither of them showed much interest in solid food). When the boys were 11 months old, we decided to get together for a picture. Travis was already 28 pounds, had a belly that hung over his diaper, and had pudgy hands and feet. By contrast, Curtis, at 18 pounds, looked lean and tall. Yet, their pediatricians confirmed that both babies were perfectly healthy.
How could two breastfed babies be such different sizes and both be considered healthy? As mothers learn through experience, babies come in all shapes and sizes.