Worried about your baby’s weight?
Good news: By finding the real reason your baby is slow to gain weight, you can resolve this issue in one week (or less!)
So –– no stress, OK? Here’s what you need to know.
A baby from 2 weeks to 5 months is expected to gain 150g per week. (If you’re concerned about weight loss under 2 weeks, read this blog post instead.)
About 60% of the mothers I see experience some weight issues. Mother’s come to me because their baby is NOT gaining those 150 grams a week. And it’s almost always for one of the following three reasons:
Reason #1: Baby Is Overtired
If Your baby is under 6 weeks old and is experiencing slow weight gain, see if any of these symptoms sound familiar:
- Your baby breastfeeds for long periods of time, sometimes well over an hour;
- your baby will only sleep on you or your partner;
- your baby is sleeping for long periods of time (over 6 hours more than once in 24 hours).
- Poo and wee are normal – ie wet each nappy change and soft, yellow poop 3+ times per day.
Any of these ring a bell? Your baby is probably overtired, and that’s why they’re not gaining weight. Here’s how you fix it: Slow Weight Gain With A Tired Baby
Reason #2: Baby Not Taking Enough Milk
The second possible reason for slow weight gain is that your baby is not taking enough milk.
Note: This has nothing to do with your milk production! It’s more to do with your baby’s latch and sucking skills. (Low milk supply is much less common.)
Here are some early signs:
- Breastfeeding is hurting
- Your baby is fussing and wanting to feed all the time
- Your baby’s amount of poo is slowing down
If these symptoms ring a bell for you, there is a good chance your baby’s slow weight gain is due to latching issues. Jump over to my plan Slow Weight Gain – Baby Not Taking Enough Milk for all your answers!
Reason #3: Baby Born Prematurely
Premature babies (born under 37 weeks gestation) often experience slower weight gain.
If your baby was born a preemie, click here: Slow Weight Gain With A Premature Baby
If none of these symptoms rings a bell, don’t worry!
Every baby is different. There are many other reasons why your baby might struggle to gain weight – and most of them a very easy-to-fix – especially if caught on early.
So if none of the three main reasons I mentioned applies to you, give me a call (or text me) at 0414 403 208 for a free consultation call.
I promise you – your baby will be back on track in no time!