baby weight gain

Urvashi - posted on 01/06/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My baby girl turned 4 months today. She has only gained 500 gms in the last month, which the doctor said is less. my milk supply also seems to be diminishing. How much milk do babies have when 4 months? Doc has also suggested to start semi solids & cereals. I'm worried how to make sure my baby gains weight.

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Heather - posted on 01/10/2010

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Doctors go off of averages and patterns. The best way to find out if she's getting enough milk is weather or not she still acts hungry after eating. If she has consistently not been gaining weight, then be worried and possibly start supplementing with formula or solids. If this is the first time she has had a dip in weight gain, don't worry too much. As always, if you aren't happy with the doctor's suggestions or what have you, maybe it is time to try another doctor! Hope this helps....

Annie - posted on 01/06/2010

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My little boy turned 4 months on the 4th of january. He has 4/5 9oz bottles during the day. I also feed him a little bit of cereal in the morning and some powdered food for tea. He is nearly 20lb and the docs say he is growing amazingly well. If your worried about your baby gaining weight and your milk supply is coming to a low you may need to start feeding her semi solids, cereals and her average milk intake. If your still worried you could also try giving her a small bottle of formula milk during the day as one of her feeds. She will soon put on weight when she gets a little more. Hope ive given you some useable advice!

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Kiran - posted on 04/16/2012

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My son is 6 months old. He is about 24.4inches but only weighs around 13.22lbs; im looking for any tips on how to get him to gain a couple pounds i just feel he is really skinny for his age compared to kids i see that are the same age .... I am concerned a lot, please help?

Amber - posted on 01/17/2010

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I have one question, if solids have less calories how are they linked to obesity? If you dont make enough breast milk, try to formula supplement, if you are not comfortable intoducing solids, dont that is your baby not the doctors. Try formula before jumping to solids.

Debbie - posted on 01/12/2010

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Maybe ask your dr about domperidone for increasing your breastmilk production? I've heard fenugreek can changes the taste of the milk, and some babies won't take it well. I also had to supplement with formula and like Carrie, mixing it with breastmilk seemed to help them accept it. And as long as your baby seems content after feedings and is still gaining weight, don't worry too much; my little girl is growing about the same pace as yours, but her brother has already doubled his weight, and our dr said she's doing fine.

Carrie - posted on 01/11/2010

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I had a problem with my milk diminishing and my son wasn't gaining enough weight in my opinion either. I ended up pumping my milk and supplementing with formula. I started bottle feeding him with breast milk, and then mixed breast milk with formula to make the transition easier. I'm glad I did because I don't produce enough to feed him solely breast milk. My son is 4 mos. and he eats a 4-5 oz bottle every 3 hours. Good luck!

Noreen - posted on 01/10/2010

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Another thing is that most doctors go by the formula fed baby growth charts. They should be using breastfeeding growth charts because bfed babies grow differently the ffed babies do!

Is your baby making 5 very wet diapers a day?? He she meeting developmental milestones? Does she act satisfied after each nursing session?? If yes to all of those, your baby is doing great. Doctors aren't gods, they are only good for diagnosing illeness. Other than that, they are quacks! LOL

Tristan - posted on 01/10/2010

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I have to agree with Noreen though. Starting solids to early is linked to food allergies and obesity. This is why I wanted to steer clear from it. But the cereal is supposed to help with the acidity in her tummy. We've only been doing it a week and doesn't seem to be helping my baby....so I'm going to ask the doctor if we can stop when we go back for her weight check on Tuesday.

Noreen - posted on 01/10/2010

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Why do you all think solids will make them gain weight?? What leads you to believe that??? Breastmilk and formula has WAY more calories then solids do!! Look at the labals on the baby food jars. Do some research. Just don't follow drs advice blindly. They aren't nutrionalist. Call a lactation consulant, or someone who specializes in baby's diet.

Noreen - posted on 01/10/2010

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Solids have hardly any calories in them and your baby will not gain very much on them. The best thing to do is to nurse, nurse, nurse. It is completly normal for babies to only gain a few ounces a week. Not too sure how many grams are in an ounce. Every baby is different and grows at their own pace. Here is a link to a site that I LOVE!!!

http://kellymom.com/babyconcerns/growth/...

Tracy - posted on 01/10/2010

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Hi my daughter was 12.12oz at her 3month check up and my doc said she was in the 75% for weight.

Tristan - posted on 01/10/2010

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I am in the same boat as you are. My little girl weighed 5lbs 5 oz when born and at her 4 mo. check-up last week, she was only 9lbs 9oz. She is in the red zone for her weight. I was not ready to start her on solids AT ALL...I didn't want to feed her cereal or anything else, but she needs to gain weight and the cereal is "supposed" to help with the reflux cause it settles the acid, so we had to start.

Anyway, my doctor is having me giver her rice cereal 2x's/day at 1tbsp/feeding mixed with breastmilk. [Or if you are formula feeding, mix it with formula.]

Also....try and increase your milk supply with fenugreek [a natural supplement that can be found at GNC] and pumping after every feeding. Making breastmilk is a supply and demand thing...the more you need it, the more your body will produce it.

Chantale - posted on 01/09/2010

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My little guy is 3 1/2months old and is 16 lbs (he was 8lbs 12oz) at birth. I exclusively breastfeed him about every 2 hours during the day (he drains both sides usually- 5+ oz approx), and he feeds once at night. After 4 months im starting to introduce rice cereal.

Angela - posted on 01/09/2010

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In New Zealand we use the WHO standards of weight gain.

0 - 4 months old .....155gm to 241gm

4 - 6 months old .....92gm to 124gm

6 - 12 months old .....50gm to 80gm

At 4 months of age their weight gain should slow down and they breast feed for a shorter time as they become more efficient at getting the milk off. Before starting on food you need to look at how wet her nappies are, how often she poops, is she contented after breast feeding.

(30gm is approx. 1 oz)

Urvashi - posted on 01/07/2010

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Is it true that if I put my baby on sweet cereals and mashed bananas, she may not take to the taste of boiled veggies, atleast thats what the doctor told me.. but I'm very tempted to feed my lil one with some yummy flavours!!

Deirdre - posted on 01/07/2010

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My little girl is 5kgs, which i think is around 12lb i don't know the metric measurements. She is gaining around 125gms a wekks so on par with your little one. My Nurse is very happy, she's on the lower spectrum for weight but they are happy with her progress. Some babies just don't gain too much weight, you know your own baby. I would start solids around 6 months, you can give some rice cereal from 4 months, depends on what your baby wants to do. As for formula some babies don't like it and others adapt.

Urvashi - posted on 01/06/2010

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thanks annie. as per what you mention, my baby is 13.6lb and is still on 4oz. bottles. I started with formula feeds (Enfamil A+), which she resists a lot as she prefers breastmilk. today i gave her some mashed veggies hope this should help!

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