DD was 3.4kg when born and 4.1kg at her 6 week check. The doctor said she is not gaining enough weight and I should supplement her with formula. I said that I didn't want to do this and so she has told me to increase my own food. I'm struggling with this and several people have told me that breastfed babies do not fit on the growth charts, that they are designed with formula feeding babies in mind. Does anyone know if this is the case? Any thoughts on this amount of weight gain? I hate the thought that she might not be getting enough nutrition from my milk!
Thanks for the replies tiktok . She was 3.4 at birth, 3.2 at two weeks, 3.5 at 4 weeks and 4.1 at six weeks. If she is currently on the 25th percentile does this not mean she is underweight?
I tried to see my public health nurse (we are not in the UK) but she is off sick. So I will try again next week (she is only in the clinic one day a week).
Yes, that is what I thought about my own diet. That the nutrients would always go into the breastmilk. That if my diet was poor I would be the one to suffer from it, but not the baby as the milk would be prioritised as such by my body.
A militanty pro breastfeeding friend of mine had told me that about the charts . But also it was on the breastfeeding support website kellymom.com. Although that is an American site, also it said bf babies gain more weight than formula fed babies for the first few months, not less.
The charts in the US are different - what I said about the UK charts is correct You can find these charts on the web.
No, she is not 'underweight' - and the weights you have given here show a baby slow(ish) to get back to birthweight, but who is gaining consistently now. But speak to an HV and get an opinion based on more than just the 'raw' weight.
You need to discuss this with your HV or equivalent HCP who understands about bf, and who will not tell you rubbish about your own diet affecting your baby's growth. Or you could find another doctor who knows more
See my first post about increasing your baby's intake - would you do this?