A WEIGHTY ISSUE
QThe early childhood health nurse says my breastfed baby isn’t putting on enough weight. What can I do?
ALactation consultant Barbara Glare says:
First of all, establish whether the nurse’s expectations are reasonable. This depends on the baby’s age. 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 will feed at least between eight and 12 times in 24 hours.
If you are concerned, it is important to call a breastfeeding counsellor – the Australian Breastfeeding Association has a free 24-hour helpline (1800 686 268) or see a qualified lactation consultant.