My baby doesn't eat enough at a time and so she is not gaining weight normally. How do I make her concentrate while eating?
Chet - posted on 11/12/2014
Babies normally double their birth weight some time between 4 and 6 months. For what it's worth, your baby's weight sounds okay. Is your doctor worried? Is your baby very long, and it's a low weight for her height?
At 6 months old many babies are nursing very efficiently. Time at the breast is not a good estimate of how much baby is eating.
CHRISTY - posted on 11/12/2014
Thank you for all the advise, am sure it will be helpful. I actually mean that my baby is 5months and 2weeks (5+2weeks) not 6 weeks old. She is approaching 6 months.
I think all the same that I will make more difference with some of the new tips you sent.
Chet - posted on 11/11/2014
But your baby has more than doubled her birth weight in less than six weeks!
Or is 7.8kg a typo? That's a lot of weight in a little more than a month. Do you mean 3.8kgs? Has your baby only gained 300 grams?
If you're worried about weight gain, and are watching your baby's weight closely, you need to be very careful to get weights that are as accurate as possible. Always weigh the baby naked, and always on the same scale.
How frequently has your baby been weighed?
Are you getting lots of wet diapers?
If you're baby is nursing, and falling asleep before she's full there are some things you can try...
1. Do breast compressions while she nurses to increase the flow of milk.
2. Make extra sure her latch is good. Have you seen a lactation consultant?
3. Undress the baby and yourself enough so you have lots of skin touching.
4. Pump the baby's arm up and down.
5. Tickle the baby's feet, or rub her arms and legs.
6. When nursing slows down, unlatch the baby and interact with her to wake her up - rubs her arms and legs, burp her, talk to her, hold her upright over your shoulder, etc and then try nursing again.
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