My DS just turned 2 and is very overweight (according to the charts). To me he just seems a bit chubby but according to our pediatrician, he is obese! Of course, she told me to stop breastfeeding him and to only give him fruit and vegetables between meals (I stopped listening to her the minute she said "you have to stop breastfeeding him" - HA!)
DS still nurses avidly both day and night (thank goodness for bed sharing - I don't have to wake up everytime he wants to feed!) and I have heard that breastmilk is high in fat so could that possibly be the reason he is gaining weight so quickly? If so, I don't think I have to worry...he also eats solids but prefers to nurse and I'd estimate that he gets at least 70% of his nutrition through breastmilk, if not more. I generally feed him very healthy food, so I don't think that is the issue.
The other aspect is that my husband also gains weight very easily if he doesn't exercise A LOT so perhaps DS has inherited those genes from him and just needs more exercise?
The pediatrician worried me the most when she said he needed to be tested for cholesterol and diabetes (both run in my family). But at the same time, I doubt that he has either of those. My instinct tells me that he just went through a huge (almost year long) growth spurt and that he is now starting balance out a bit. For the better part of the last year he demanded at least 1, if not 2, eggs per day and for the last 6 weeks or so, he has completely stopped asking for them. Also, his weight has not changed in the last month...coincidence or perhaps not...?
In any event, is it really necessary to put him through the stress of a blood test to check cholesterol and diabetes at this point? If so, they would have to test his "fasting" blood which means he wouldn't be allowed to eat after he went to sleep until the test in the morning, which would be impossible because he nurses on and off all night long! Has anyone ever had to get "fasting" blood taken from their still nursing child and how did you handle that?
Any thoughts, suggestions, advice, wisdom on this issue would be greatly appreciated!