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Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Real Advice -

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.

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