Jamaica: Woman concerned that her baby is too fat

Jamaica: Woman concerned that her baby is too fat
Baby Leonique Bonner is heavier than the average baby her age.
Baby Leonique Bonner is heavier than the average baby her age.

(JAMAICA STAR) — When Sharnia Carroll gave birth to her second child at age 32, she was ecstatic. Her baby girl, Leonique Bonner, was healthy and weighed eight pounds.

But after Bonner gained 12 pounds in just two months, Carroll became a little anxious.

“The last time I carry her to ‘three-month clinic’ she weigh 20 pounds. The nurse weh weigh har tell mi seh she weigh more than weh she fi weigh fi har age,” she told THE STAR.

Carroll said she was puzzled at the fast weight gain, especially because she only feeds Leonique on breast milk “and wata sometimes”.

“Mi feed har regular, ’cause as she cry mi give har he breast fi calm har down,” she said. “When mi lift har up mi sweat too much, and mi hand and mi back hurt mi; so mi mostly push her inna di pram.”

Carroll said that although she believes the baby’s weight is unusual, she is comforted that she has so far shown no health issues.

“Doctor nuh find nothing wrong wid her. She did have little fresh cold in September, and mi tek her to (Bustamante Hospital for) Children, but dem seh she nuh have nothing,” she said.


And in her community on Princess Street, Kingston, Leonique is somewhat of a celebrity.

“People always create excitement when dem see har. Dem say, ‘Fatty, she fat an nice eeh. Is a baby yuh have inna yuh hand or a dolly?’ People always a seh, how yuh suh slim and she so fat?” she said.

Paediatrician Dr Kabine Orrigio from the Burlington Health and Paediatrics Place told THE STAR that the average weight for a baby of Leonique’s age is 12 pounds and that a number of factors could be contributing to her rapid weight gain.

“Things you have to look at is whether or not there is any maternal chronic illnesses such as diabetes, which could contribute to large babies. We also have to think about what we call obesity syndromes, or even hormonal illness. But this baby would need to be fully assessed by a paediatrician,” she said.


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  1. Don't worry about her wieght too much she will grow it out . My second daughter weighed under 71/2 lbs 6 wks clinic she was weighing 22 lbs nurses were concerned but she was only on breast milk but had a healthy appetit always hungry at 3 mts she was weighing 40lbs doc told me to put her on diet I tried for one day and the pain she went through because e gas my heart couldn't stand it so I feed her accordingly to her appitite because of the weight of her head she was not able to sit up by herself until almost 9 mths she was not able to walk until almost her 2nd birthday because of her weight I breast fed her only for 18 months. Now if you see her you wouldn't believe that she is so skinny and she eats everything...

    Just breast feed her as long as she wants


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