When Blaze Soliai was born six months ago, she was an average-sized baby weighing 7 pounds and 2 ounces. But since then, the breastfed infant has grown. Many.
“Now she’s 23 pounds and off the charts for weight and height,” Blaze’s mother, Leanne Soliai, told TODAY Parents. “Every time we leave the house, people say, ‘Oh my God, I just want to smash his cheeks. ‘Look at those scrolls!’ She gets a lot of attention.”
Blaze – whose nickname is Smiley because of his sunny personality – has also developed a fan base on TikTok, where his mothers Leanne and Sam regularly post videos of their family.
“Most of the comments are positive and kind,” said Leanne, who lives with her family in Sacramento, Calif.
But some comments are do not positive.
“He’s going to be bullied when he’s older,” one person wrote in a recent post.
Added another, “Is this healthy? I’m serious. I am due in May and intend to breastfeed. But if it’s going to cause my baby childhood obesity, I don’t want to.
According to Dr Jay Lovenheimpediatrician in West Orange, New Jersey, breastfed children like Blaze tend to gain weight faster than those who drink formula.
“They tend to be bigger babies for some reason,” Lovenheim told TODAY. “But they usually lose those pockets after a year when they start to walk around and move more. It’s completely normal.
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Lovenheim noted that if he’s worried about a baby’s weight, he’ll ask if he’s consuming juice or if cereal is added to his bottle.
“If it’s just from breast milk or formula, it’s not going to turn into a weight issue,” Lovenheim explained. “You can’t breastfeed your baby too much.”