A WEIGHTY IS­SUE

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Celeb Mama -

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.

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