14-Pound Baby Joel Brandon Jr. Now Weighs 23 Pounds at 4 Months

Monday, 04 Nov 2013 10:32 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Utah doctors told Sara Brandon during her pregnancy that her baby boy would be big, but they were shocked that Joel Brandon Jr. weighed a whopping 14 pounds when he was born in May.

J.J. Brandon recently tipped the scales at 23 pounds during his four-month checkup, KSL-TV reported.

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His 14-pound birth weight is believed to be the heaviest in the United States this year. The child's closest contender is Addyson Gale Cessna of Pennsylvania, who weighed 13 pounds and 12 ounces.

George King from England takes the cake for the biggest newborn in the world this year, weighing in at 15 pounds 7 ounces in February. A baby born in Germany this year at 13.74 pounds was the heaviest baby in the history of the nation.

"We’ve kind of been watching and waiting to see if there is a baby who is bigger, because he might be the biggest of the year," Brandon told KSL. "We thought it was pretty funny we had Germany beat, and so far we haven’t heard of a bigger one."

ABC News reported the boy, nicknamed J.J., spent 10 days in the neonatal intensive care unit after he was born because of lung problems but has been thriving ever since. 

Dr. Robert Barbieri, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, told ABC News that 14-pound babies are extremely rare and comprise one out of every 100,000. Doctors tend to induce the labor if the baby appears to be getting big.

He said approximately one out of 1,000 babies could weigh as much 11 pounds.

"I had to have two (obstetricians) deliver him instead of one, because they knew he was going to be big," Brandon told ABC News. "They struggled to get him out."

Barbieri said since Brandon had diabetes, it was more likely that her child would be oversized.

"An interesting effect of insulin, if it’s not taken in a sufficient amount, the glucose remains high, and the baby’s glucose starts to rise," Barbieri told ABC News. "It’s like giving the baby fertilizer and it grows very large."

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