This is the article where you can find everything you need to know about baby weight. The normal weight of the baby at birth is between 5.5 and 10 pounds. As the baby grows and develops, it’s weight changes. There is no need for concern as long as the baby eats, poops and pees normally.
Which one factors can affect baby weight?
The main factors of the weight of the baby are the diet, prenatal life, sex, and the age of the mother. Your diet while being pregnant is very important for the baby’s weight. If you did not get enough nutrients while you were pregnant, it is expected that baby would be underweight. If you drank alcohol and smoke cigarettes during pregnancy it also affects the baby weight. The mother if is of younger age, teenagers give birth to smaller babies can affect the baby weight.
Normal average baby weight
After birth, babies tend to lose weight. But this is not because they don’t get enough nutrients, but because it loses lots of fluids, which is normal. The baby will also not need food right away, but after a couple of days. Do not worry, the baby will have its first weight after 10 days, even more than that weight. Babies have growth spurts at the age of 7 to 10 days old and then at 3 to 6 weeks of age. This time the baby demands more food.
The good thing about breastfed babies is that the more the baby demands food, the more mommy produces. The baby weight 6 to 8 ounces a week in the first few months, and then 1 to 2 pounds a month. If the baby eats normally, it will produce 8 to 10 diapers a day, 5 poopy ones. The doctor will check the baby’s weight and ask about the times of changing diapers. He will advise you if he notices any problem.
So, how can you manage baby weight?
Be persistent in feedings. Feed the baby 10 to 12 times a day and don’t wait more than 3 hours before next feeding. Feed the baby one breast 10 to 15 minutes, and then offer the second breast. Ask for advice with the lactation consultant to resolve any problem, like coordinating jaw muscles or has a lip tie. Don’t give her something else to suck besides the breast. Don’t use pacifiers.
There are certain cases when you need to take the baby to the doctor:
-if the baby hasn’t regained the weight after 2 weeks
-the baby is not latching onto a breast or bottle at all
-the baby gains too much weight
-has a dramatic drop in weight