Is my baby gaining weight too fast?

Samantha - posted on 10/05/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )




My son was born 2 1/2 weeks ago on Thursday September 18. He was 7 pounds 9 ounces. On Monday September 22, he had a doctors appointment and weighed 6 pounds 9 ounces. The following Monday September 29, he was weighed at another appointment and he was 7 pounds 10 ounces. And on Wednesday October 1, he had gained almost a pound, 8 pounds 6 ounces.. He had gained almost 2 pounds in 2 weeks and almost 1 pound in 2 days! My son loves to eat! I am breastfeeding him by the way. He started off eating for 15- 20 minutes and sometimes would eat ( with breaks) for an hour or more! But now he only likes to snack ( eat for 5-10 minutes) so he's constantly eating. Is he gaining too much weight too fast?


Chet - posted on 10/06/2014




To add to what the other posters have already said...

1. Babies typically gain very quickly until they double their birth weight, then they slow down. Your son is not likely to maintain this speed! It's very common to start out with a newborn who fits in size 0-3 month clothing, but who outgrows it well before three months because babies can grow so fast at this stage.

2. It's difficult to weigh babies accurately. If you want to precisely track a baby's weight you need to weigh them on the same scale every time (as Dove eluded to)... and completely naked. And even then, a full stomach, bladder and bowel verses empty ones can throw the weight off by a couple of ounces. It's possible that the last weight was artificially high if your baby was about to pee and poop and if he had a full stomach, and that the previous weight was as low as possible if your son had a fairly empty digestive tract.

Sarah - posted on 10/05/2014




It is true, that exclusively breastfed babies can't be overfed. So as long as he's healthy, try not to worry. I had a "snacker" too, constantly nursed for just a few minutes and would doze off to want to nurse again within the hour. I was getting really sore and the lactation specialist advised that I stimulate him by rubbing his feet and running my hand up and down his back to keep him awake and try to get him to go 10 min on each side. That helped a lot! and while at 2-3 weeks, you should nurse on demand, it may stretch it out just enough for your to get rest.

Dove - posted on 10/05/2014




If he's nursing from the breast (vs pumping and putting in a bottle) you can't over feed him. Why is he being weighed so often? Was he weighed on the same scale? Is the doctor concerned?

He lost a pound after birth which is quite a bit to lose... so it sounds like he's just making up for it. Breastfed babies 'tend' (every kid is different) to gain a lot in the beginning and then even out in later infancy.


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