Obviously medical staff weigh the baby just after they are born, but does anyone know if there are guidelines as to when they should next be weighed? With DD1 I ended up being kept in hospital for 5 days after she was born becasue they thought she had lost 14% of her birth weight. However, with hindsight we think she was probably weighed again far too early (later the same day she was born) and we are also suspicious that the weight written down by the (student) midwife was wrong (we didn't appreciate the significance of the number at the time).
With DD2 due in 2 weeks I am keen to avoid the same experience (with DD1 I was so desperate for her to gain weigh I stopped breast feeding in order to get to leave hospital), so we want to be more informed this time about what is supposed to happen when with weighing and what is a reasonable amount of weigh loss in relation to when the birth was. Can anyone help?
Were you on any drips for the birth? This can add extra weight to your baby, not sure how much, so I've seen it suggested that where drips were involved, the baby isn't weighed straight away as it would give a false idea of their actual size. Can't remember how long a gap was suggested though.
standard procedure seems to be weigh at day 5 to see how much has been lost, then again at day 10 when hopefully baby is back to birthweight again. can't see why they would weigh earlier than day 5 unless the baby is unwell/premature/low birth weight. If you encounter weight loss/gain issues again, ask to be referred to a specialist lactation consultant for proper help with the breastfeeding.
This is the research I came across concerning drips to the mother for labour/birth. In the abstract (first section), the 'conclusions' paragraph summarises what they found and their recommendations. Note that the study's authors 'recommend a measurement at 24 hours, instead of birth weight, for baseline when assessing weight change'.
Of course, the study looked at full term babies. I expect IV fluids to the mother have a similar effect on premature babies but I would imagine you need to be more careful about recording weight at birth with premature babies for various reasons.
Depends on hospital policy. Where I used to work it was weigh on Day 3, Day 7 and 10 (and on day 5 if concerns on day 3). Where I am now it is on the day of discharge from hospital (when ever that is) Day 5 ? Day 7 (if concerns) and discharge (which varies). You can refuse.......but expect a quizzing if you do!