ISSUE A weighty
Q My breastfed baby isn’t putting on as much weight as my early childhood nurse would like. What can I do?
A Lactation consultant Barbara Glare says: First, establish whether the nurse’s expectations are reasonable. This depends on the age of the baby. Babies generally gain about 150g per week in the first 12 weeks, and 100g per week between 12 weeks and six months. Weight gain is only one part of the picture – you need to look at the overall health and wellbeing of your baby. If your baby is not meeting these general parameters, make sure you are feeding your baby often enough. Most babies feed at least eight to 12 times in 24 hours. If you are concerned your baby is not getting enough, the simplest thing to do is feed her more often.