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What are the reasons for a breastfed baby not gaining weight? #1 Not enough milk. In most cases the reason for not gaining enough weight is because the baby is not getting enough #2 Health issues for baby. Sometimes underlying health issues with the baby may be identified as the cause of poor.

If breastfeeding is properly managed, yet the baby still is not gaining enough weight, it is likely that some other factor is affecting milk production or the baby’s ability to breastfeed effectively. Always consult your own, and your baby’s healthcare provider. Find a Treatment Center Find Additional Treatment Centers a.

If your baby isn’t gaining weight according to certain patterns, you and your baby should be checked by your healthcare provider and a certified lactation consultant. To find out is slow weight gain is your baby’s natural growth pattern or the result of something else, your provider will ask you a lot of questions about both you and your baby. There are three reasons why babies do not gain weight: not taking in enough calories, not absorbing calories or burning too many calories.

Understanding the Causes of Failure to Thrive Full-term newborn infants should take in about 1.5 to 2 ounces of breast milk or formula about every 3 hours. Premature infants need more calories than term babies. If your baby hasn’t regained their birth weight and you’re breastfeeding, you might need to offer them more breastfeeds. It can take time to get the hang of breastfeeding but there is plenty of support available. Find out from your local NCT branch what breastfeeding support services are available in your area.

Some of the causes of slow weight gain in babies are: Problems With Feeding – The most common reason for your baby’s lack of weight gain could be that he is not feeding Pre-Existing Medical Conditions – The reason for your baby not gaining weight could also be due to another pre-existing. In fact, there is good research to indicate that breastfed babies are less likely to be obese children or adults than babies who were formula-fed. Babies who gain quickly during infancy often start to slim down once they become more mobile; ie. rolling, crawling, pulling up, walking, running, etc.

If your baby has failure to gain weight, it’s very important to find out why. Proper nutrition – especially during the first three years – is crucial for a child’s mental and physical development. Your baby’s doctor may order blood, urine, or other tests and monitor your baby’s caloric intake for a period of time. Breast compression means squeezing your breast while the baby is sucking, but not drinking — like expressing milk into the baby’s mouth. If the baby’s weight gain has slowed or even stopped, the mother’s milk supply may have decreased, and this needs to be investigated by someone with breastfeeding expertise.

Sleep close to your baby (this increases prolactin and frequency of nursing). Learn baby massage — this has been proven to improve digestion and weight gain. Carry baby throughout the day in a baby carrier; get as much skin to skin contact as you can.

Both of these things have been shown to improve weight gain.

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Bottle­fed babies receive ad libitum calories and fluid in measurable quantities, so this problem is much more common in breastfed infants, who, if denied adequate liquid and/or calories, will present with poor weight gain, persistent crying or both.

“Rennie & Roberton's Textbook of Neonatology E-Book” by Janet M. Rennie
from Rennie & Roberton’s Textbook of Neonatology E-Book
by Janet M. Rennie
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2012

When a breast isn’t sufficiently drained, baby doesn’t get to the hind milk, which comes at the end of a feeding and contains more of the calories baby needs to gain weight than the milk that comes first (foremilk is baby’s thirst quencher; hind milk’s the body builder).

“What to Expect When You're Expecting 4th Edition” by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
from What to Expect When You’re Expecting 4th Edition
by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
Simon & Schuster UK, 2010

A baby who is not gaining sufficient weight may not be nursing long enough at feedings or frequently enough throughout the day and night.

“Counseling the Nursing Mother” by Judith Lauwers, Anna Swisher
from Counseling the Nursing Mother
by Judith Lauwers, Anna Swisher
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2015

Breastfed babies, who consume only teaspoons of colostrum in those early days of feeding, may lose even more weight than formula-fed babies and may be slower to regain it (which, again, is nothing to worry about).

“What to Expect the First Year” by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
from What to Expect the First Year
by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
Workman Publishing Company, 2014

The authors21 concluded that it is normal for breastfed infants to gain at this pace, which is less rapid than that indicated by the scales developed for bottlefed infants.

“Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession” by Ruth A. Lawrence, MD, Robert M. Lawrence, MD
from Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession
by Ruth A. Lawrence, MD, Robert M. Lawrence, MD
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2015

Slow weight gain may occur, too, when a working mother fails to express her milk often enough while she is away from the baby, causing an overall decrease in her milk supply.

“The Nursing Mother's Companion” by Ruth A. Lawrence, Kathleen Huggins
from The Nursing Mother’s Companion
by Ruth A. Lawrence, Kathleen Huggins
Harvard Common Press, 2005

Slow weight gain in the breastfed infant is a major concern for both parents and health professionals.

“Breastfeeding and Human Lactation” by Karen Wambach, Jan Riordan
from Breastfeeding and Human Lactation
by Karen Wambach, Jan Riordan
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2016

Exclusively breastfed neonates lose more weight than those completely or partially formula fed, according to a study of 773 Canadian infants (BOX7-5; Martens & Romphf, 2007), and increased weight loss is seen in those infants born by cesarean section as compared with vaginal birth (Flaherman et al., 2015).

“Breastfeeding and Human Lactation” by Karen Wambach, Becky Spencer
from Breastfeeding and Human Lactation
by Karen Wambach, Becky Spencer
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2019

Breastfed infants usually do not gain weight as quickly as formula-fed infants.

“Maternal Child Nursing Care E-Book” by Shannon E. Perry, Marilyn J. Hockenberry, Kathryn Rhodes Alden, Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk, Mary Catherine Cashion, David Wilson
from Maternal Child Nursing Care E-Book
by Shannon E. Perry, Marilyn J. Hockenberry, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2017

After this time, formula fed infants typically begin to exceed breastfeeding infants in weight, while breastfed infants tend to gain more length.

“Counseling the Nursing Mother” by Judith Lauwers, Anna Swisher
from Counseling the Nursing Mother
by Judith Lauwers, Anna Swisher
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2010

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  • Mera baby 7 months ka hai vo breastfeed par hi hai use kuch b khilaane lgti hu to muh bnd kar leta hai kya kru jisse vo muh bnd na kre or khaana start karde

  • How long did you have to supplement? Did she start gaining weight faster? I have a 3 month old with slow weight gain too. The doctors are worried, but my other girls were slow to gain weight too.