Reasons for Slow Weight Gain
Weight gain is one of many signs of good health in the breastfeeding baby.
Slow weight gain is sometimes called “failure to thrive.” When your baby is gaining weight at a slower rate than other children who are the same age and sex
It is not in itself a disease, but rather could be a manifestation of medical, social, and/or environmental factors that may prevent a child from getting the calories he or she needs to maintain a healthy rate of growth.
Reasons for Slow Weight Gain?
After birth, babies almost always lose a little weight (because of urine and meconium loss) in the first few days. This is usually no more than 10% (so a baby weighing 3.5kg at birth might lose 350g in the first four days). By day 4-5, most babies will have stopped losing weight .By two weeks old, weight loss is usually regained, and babies who are feeding well and effectively are back up to birth weight within 10-14 days
Your guide to approximate weekly weight gains in babies.
|Baby’s Age||Average Weight Gain|
|0-4 months||5.5 – 8.5 ounces per week|
|4-6 months||3.25 – 4.5 ounces per week|
|6-12 months||1.75 – 2.75 ounces per week ‡|
|It is acceptable for some babies to gain 4-5 ounces per week.‡ The average breastfed baby doubles birth weight by 3-4 months. By one year, the typical breastfed baby will weigh about 2 1/2 – 3 times birth weight.
1. World Health Organization Child Growth Standards, 2006. Available at: http://www.who.int/childgrowth/en/. To figure average weight gain, we used the weight-per-age percentile charts for birth – 5 years. The range is a combination of boys and girls 5% to 95%, rounded to the nearest quarter-ounce.
|Baby’s Age||Avg. Length Increase||Avg. Head Circumference Increase|
|0-6 months||1 inch per month||1/2 inch per month|
|6-12 months †||1/2 inch per month||1/4 inch per month|
|By one year, the typical breastfed baby will increase birth length by 50% and head circumference by 33%.