Like most people, whenever I see a chubby baby, I have an uncontrollable urge to squeeze his cheeks. And there’s nothing cuter than chubby baby thighs.
But not everybody appreciates a big baby.
For some moms with a history of eating disorders, seeing a “fat” baby could trigger anxiety. In some extreme cases, they might even be tempted to put their baby on a diet.
Jessica Katz, guest blogger at Momlogic, recently wrote about such a case. A mom in her baby group was concerned that her hefty 7-month-old son was “too hungry all the time” and put him on a diet. She replaced breast milk with water in his bottle in the hopes that he would drop some weight.
The mom said she didn’t want a “fat kid.”
Obviously, limiting a baby’s caloric intake (especially without consulting a doctor) could be dangerous. I fear that with all of the talk about childhood obesity, some parents might go overboard and go to extreme measures to prevent their kid from becoming overweight.
As Katz writes, it’s clear that this woman had issues with food and weight. “She was extremely thin herself; she later confessed that she had even been afraid to get pregnant because she didn’t want to get fat. Obviously, she was projecting her body issues onto her son.”
Luckily, this woman sought therapy so she wouldn’t cause harm to her son. But I wonder if other parents worry that their big baby will develop into an obese child. If you find yourself fretting about it, please talk to your pediatrician or a therapist right away. Diets aren’t for babies!