Weight Gain in the Breastfeeding Baby
Newborns typically lose weight shortly after birth. This can be due to a variety of processes such as passage of meconium (fetal stool), loss of excess body fluid collected while baby was in the womb, and loss of extra fluids obtained during labor and delivery. Weight loss at birth should be carefully and frequently monitored by a health care provider. Most babies will not lose more than 10% of their birth weight, and will regain their birth weight within the first two weeks of life. Some babies lose more than 10% of their birth weight, but not all require formula supplementation. While weight gain in the breastfeeding baby varies from baby to baby, all newborns will need frequent monitoring by a healthcare provider during this period who can assist in creating a safe feeding plan.
Tips For Early Weight Gain
- Place baby skin-to-skin as often as possible with mom when he/she is awake.
- Wear baby is a newborn sling or carrier during the day.
- Get baby to the breast early and often during the first few days, taking note of your babies unique feeding cues.
If you have questions or concerns about your baby’s growth, an IBCLC can help. Our team at Nest Collaborative will work with your pediatric providers to create a feeding plan that works best for you and baby.
Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
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