Baby is not gaining weight

Amanda - posted on 12/03/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Our daughter is fifteen weeks old and has been EBF from the start. She was 6lbs 2oz at birth and we've never had any problems with breastfeeding.
At her two month checkup she weighed 10lbs 5.5oz and her Doctor mentioned that he would expect her to be about 13 pounds at her 4 month checkup which is in 3 weeks.
We've been weighing her on our scale and she's coming in at about 11lbs 6 oz. According to the kellymom weight gain chart that's at the low end of average BF weight gain for her entire life span and way below average since her last checkup.
She started sleeping 12 hours straight overnight a few weeks ago and it took me a little while to realize that she wasn't eating anywhere near as many times a day. She will usually go 2.5 to 3 hours between feedings during the day and so I've started squishing the evening feedings together to 1.5 to 2 hours. Now she eats about 7 times a day.
She hasn't been indicating that she's hungry and she seems healthy otherwise.
Should I call the doctor to set up a weight check? Or wait until her 4 month appointment? Is there something I can do to help her gain weight between now and then? Is the doctor going to tell me I have to put her on formula?

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Amanda - posted on 12/16/2010

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Thanks guys. I called the doctor's office to see about a weight check and they just had me mover her 4 month appointment up 2 weeks earlier.
She weighed 11 pounds 5 ounces. The doctor seems fine with her weight and said that as long as she's not acting hungry she's doing well.
She's just a little baby.

Celeste - posted on 12/04/2010

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Your baby is gaining PERFECTLY!! Average weight gain is 5 to 7 oz per week. She's gaining ABOVE that!! There is absolutely no reason to supplement.

I wouldn't change a thing!

Katie - posted on 12/04/2010

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Don't worry about it. Sounds like she's gaining- even if it's not as much as your doctor thinks she should. Remember: your baby, your rules. My daughter was almost 14 months old before she doubled her birth weight and everybody was concerned that she was so small and suggested supplementing (which I didn't). When the nurse told me she was finally on track, I was so happy! But then the doctor said she was in the 60% percentile for her height and to watch it because 60% was 10% over the average. I just laughed. Experts don't know your baby like you do. If she needed more food she wouldn't be sleeping so well, congrats on that milestone. We're only getting there now at almost 23 months, you're doing great!

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As Tammy said, weight isn't the only indicator of well-being. If she has 6-8 wet nappies a day and is settled (well, relatively!) she's probably getting enough to eat. Don't get too hung up on weight - sure it's important, but it's not the main thing. Just relax.

Samantha - posted on 12/03/2010

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She is fine!!! As long as she is happy, not looking sick, sleeping all the time (like 23 hours a day) then she is fine. I was worried about my son lost weight at his 3 month well baby (was 15 and drop to 13) and I call and talked to me lactation consulate, and she said he was fine as long as he was doing everything a 3 month is suppost to do. If you are worried about maybe the fat in your milk or that she isn't getting enought call and talk to a lactation consulate. They will give you way more helpful info then the doctor IMO

Erin - posted on 12/03/2010

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My son has always been small, 5 Lbs 8 onz at birth. He is now in the 9th percentile and is very happy. When he was born the nurses started supplementing him with formula. Now that I know more I would never have let them do that. I would much prefer BF because it will help him gain weight at his rate. I went to a pediatrician too and he said to stop worrying about his weight, he is healthy, happy and growing. If she becomes unhappy and stops gaining weight then take her, otherwise don't worry! Every scale is a little different too. You're doing the best thing for her and enjoy the sleep!

Danielle - posted on 12/03/2010

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I wouldnt call the doctor and try to relax. Stressing about it could lower your milk supply. What I would do is stop looking at the clock and nurse nurse nurse! If she seems happy and content after feeding and is gaining then I would think she is fine. Unless you go to bed when she does, I would dream nurse before you go to bed( nursing a sleeping baby) You are luck she is sleeping throught the night, my twins still dont and they are nine months. Babies get more calories at night, so i would try nursing at least once. My girls go to bed around seven and I dont go to bed til ten. so I nurse them right before i go to sleep to get a few extra hours of sleep but in your case nursing before bed will help her gain alittle faster.
And if the doctor says they want you to put her on formula, just tell him that she is gaining weight and when she isnt gaining any weight then you'll talk about formula. That what i would do, I really hope this helps.

Tammy - posted on 12/03/2010

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I would not worry about it. Some babies just dont gain as much as others. And as you know, bf babies are usually slimmer than formula fed babies. My son was 6pound 13 oz at birth, and has always been a lightweight himself. He has always been only in the 25th percentile of weight himself. But he is a very happy, healthy and active toddler. Babies also go through periods of slow weight gain too. I would continue to breastfeed as per usual, as it is much more beneficial to helping her gain weight than rice cereal etc. Depending on your doctor, he may tell you to put her on formula but IGNORE it! Many doctors are knowledgable on formula fed expectations, not bf expectations. You mentioned that she hasnt been indicating that she's hungry, which is a good sign- she is getting enough milk. Also, if she has 6-8 wet nappies a day is a good sign too. Please dont let her weight discourage you from breastfeeding. Hope this helps!

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