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    Default Weight Gain in Baby

    Hi all!

    Looking for reassurance!

    I exclusively breastfeed my baby on demand. At her 4 month check-up, she was 15 lbs. It has been almost 3 weeks since her check up, and she's now only 15.5 lbs. While I know it is not wise to constantly check the scale, I am always worried about her weight gain (she's been slowly dropping percentile since she was born, but it is not drastic enough for the pediatrician to be concerned). She pees and poos plenty during the day (at least 7 wet diapers and 2 poopy ones). Other moms have the same experience with slow weight gain with their baby?

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    Default Re: Weight Gain in Baby

    Periodic weight gain plateaus and slow downs are normal especially past 3 months, and it would be unlikely a baby this age who is pooping every day was not getting enough to eat! No harm in doing a little trouble shooting though.

    Were the weights on the same scale? Different scales can pretty often throw things off. So can recalibration of the same scale between checks. Also checks have to be done correctly on a digital infant scale to be reasonably accurate most of the time.

    Has baby been put on any kind of a meal or sleep schedule? baby started sleeping longer stretches? Taking a pacifier more than before? Super distracted and possibly nursing poorly as a result? Basically, any significant change in nursing frequency?

    Has baby been ill at all?

    Have you started taking hormone based birth control or anything else that might reduce milk production?

    Again there is probably nothing wrong. An excellent book about weight gain concerns and why they are so often way overstated as a concern is My Child Won't Eat by Carlos Gonzalez. Includes an excellent explanation of growth charts and curves and why they are so often misunderstood.

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