Poor weight gain in breastfed babies
During infancy and childhood, children are expected to gain weight and grow more rapidly than at any other time in life. Most babies should regain birth weight by 10 days to 14days. If your baby have poor weight gain in the early days, or if your baby is sick or premature, it may take longer to regain birth weight.
POOR WEIGHT GAIN CAUSES
- Birth to six months –
- Poor quality of suck (whether breast- or bottle-fed);
- improper formula preparation;
- breastfeeding problems
- insufficient number of feedings
- poor feeding interactions (eg, infant gags or vomits during feedings and parent assumes child is full);
- tongue tie
- birth imperfections that affect the child’s ability to eat or digest normally;
- malnutrition (sometimes associated with poverty or not understanding dietary needs of infants);
- milk protein intolerance;
- problems with child’s mouth/throat;
- medical problems that affect absorption of nutrients (cystic fibrosis)
- gastroesophageal reflux
POOR WEIGHT GAIN TREATMENT
The type of treatment needed will depend upon the underlying cause of baby’s poor weight gain, any underlying medical problems, and the severity of the baby’s condition.
The goal of any treatment action will be to provide the child with adequate nutrition so that he or she can “catch up” to a normal weight. The Catch-up growth may require changes to the baby’s feeding schedule. The parents and health care providers must work together to develop a plan that meets the needs of both the child and the family.
But do not panic!
At the end of the day, look at your baby and not the scale!
What is your baby’s behaviour telling you?
- Is your baby peeing and pooping well?
- Is your baby’s urine either clear or very pale yellow?
- Are your baby’s eyes bright and alert?
- Is your baby’s skin a well hydrated/ healthy color and texture?
- Is your baby moving its arms and legs energetically?
- Is your baby meeting developmental milestones?
- Is your baby’s overall behavior happy? Settled and content?
- Yes, your baby sleeps a lot, but when your baby is awakes up, does baby enjoy playtime?
Your baby may be a naturally slow gainer and happy in his/herself.
Most babies like this are basically healthy and thriving with no underlying illness or weight gain problems. They are just naturally slow gainers and content and that’s just the way they are.
From time to time, a perfectly healthy baby will simply gain weight slowly because it’s just his or her own unique growth pattern. Your baby saying..
I’m ok. Do not worry! Enjoy me.