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Newborn weight gain?

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SallyMischievo Sun 28-Dec-14 15:42:16

Dear All,
I posted on here ten days ago about my seemingly ravenous week old DD and received some lovely words of reassurance that lengthy spells of feeding on and off during the night were normal. However I am now anxious that she is putting on weight at too rapid a rate! DD was 6lbs 11oz at birth (born at 39 weeks exactly), 7lbs 7oz at 11 days old and at our postnatal appointment today at 18 days old, she weighed 8lbs 4oz. Even the midwife seemed surprised! Does this fall within the realms of 'normal' or should I be concerned? Sorry to be a little neurotic but I am still slightly worried - will her feeding and weight gain even out - or should I start stockpiling sleepsuits in larger sizes?!
Many thanks,

fatterface Sun 28-Dec-14 15:46:32

How is she fed?

Bellejessleo Sun 28-Dec-14 15:50:41

I wouldn't worry too much, if she's happy and not having an upset tummy from too much milk. It sounds like you're doing a great job!
Better to have a baby piling on the pounds than the other way round I think. She may gain weight quickly now for it to even out later.

SallyMischievo Sun 28-Dec-14 16:14:43

She is breastfed, fatter. Have been feeding on demand and demand is high! Particularly during the evening and night where she will feed on and off for two to three hours in one go before sleeping for three and a half to four hours.

fatterface Sun 28-Dec-14 16:16:18

Sounds fine then!

tiktok Sun 28-Dec-14 18:04:47

This is within normal.

All sounds well.

squizita Mon 29-Dec-14 13:08:10

If you look at the red book graph it starts really steep then slows down. So I guess that's a trend most babies have. smile

Superworm Mon 29-Dec-14 14:31:58

You cs t over feed a breastfed baby do just keep going. Some babies have a big growth spurt in the first couple of months and jump centiles before settling down and tracking them.

GotToBeInItToWinIt Mon 29-Dec-14 14:39:13

My DD was exactly the same, it did slow down I promise! The midwives seemed constantly surprised at how much weight she'd put on in the beginning (she was exclusively bf and pretty much demanded all night!). I think at about 4-6 weeks it started to slow down and she's followed the same curve since birth (now 13 months).

squizita Mon 29-Dec-14 16:04:50

As super says they do spurt then settle. My dd still does this ... 3 oz one week then 6 oz another! Some silly hv worried me but the GP and nurse say this is very common and normal.

SallyMischievo Tue 30-Dec-14 17:13:52

Many thanks for all your advice, it's good to know it's normal and she's now sleeping for four to four and a half hours in one stretch which means I can get a decent rest whilst DP watches her. Currently operating a shift system as we're not quite ready to sleep whilst she is just yet but we will get there smile

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