Monitoring your baby’s weight gain during the first months of their life is essential as it is a vital indicator as to how well your baby is developing. Steady weight gain is a sign that feeding is going well and your baby is healthy. Keeping that in mind it is also important to remember that no two babies are the same and babies born with lower birth weight will gain less weight per week compared to babies that were born slightly bigger. A steady weight gain will suggest your baby is striving and developing at the correct pace.
Initially your baby will lose weight after he is born, this is normal
Initially your baby will lose weight after he is born, this is normal and nothing to be concerned about, however after 2 weeks this weight should be regained again and from there your baby should continue with a steady weight gain.
A baby’s growth will be recorded on a centile chart by your G.P., nurse or dietician. This allows you to see how their height and weight compare to other babies of the same age. Don’t worry if your baby is on the top or the bottom of the centile chart as long as they are gaining weight over a period of time. As a guideline babies will be roughly double their birth weight by 6 months and triple it by the time they reach their first birthday.
The volume of milk your baby is taking will determine its weight gain. If you are breastfeeding your little one it can be a good idea to weigh your baby more regularly particularly during the first few weeks as there is no way of telling how much milk your baby is actually taking from the breast.
If your baby is not gaining weight over a period of time, or has lost weight talk to your Health Care Professional about a possible cause and a solution.
A baby’s weight gain is primarily controlled by nutrition, if you feel your baby is not getting an adequate supply of milk or has a poor feeding habits please get in touch with our Careline.