One of the most frequent concerns of mothers, especially in the first months, is whether the baby’s weight gain is in line with the ideal development. Is the baby breastfeeding enough? Do I need to supplement formula feeding? Who has never had this kind of doubt with a newborn at home ?!
We talked to Dr. Lúcio Cury, who is a specialist in pediatrics at Santa Casa de São Paulo and in Allergy and Immunology at UNIFESP and we will explain exactly how baby weight gain works!
The newborn’s stomach and weight gain
Especially at the beginning of breastfeeding, many mothers believe that the baby is not breastfeeding enough. In fact, the newborn’s stomach is super small in the first days of life, the size of a cherry and can hold 5 to 7 ml of milk. Precisely for this reason, breastfeeds at birth seem shorter and in shorter intervals.
But calm down, mom! According to the Dr. Lúcio Cury, “The newborn’s stomach adapts violently in the first month of life. It increases 10 to 20 times the size of the stomach at birth ”. The doctor explains that the baby can handle 100 to 150 ml in the first month of life. After that first month, the baby will develop a tolerance of approximately 20 ml per kilogram of weight in the stomach.
But how do you know if the baby’s weight is in line with development?
In consultations! Therefore, monitoring with the pediatrician is essential to calculate whether the baby’s weight gain is at the expected pace. In the doctor’s office, he will take the birth weight, the weight of the previous and current consultation and see the number of days. He explains a container that is expected for the baby’s weight gain:
1st quarter: the baby has to gain 25 to 30g a day. That is, the weight increases from 750 to 900g per month!
2nd quarter: the baby’s weight gain is between 20 to 25g per day.
3rd quarter: 15 to 20g per day.
What if the baby is gaining more weight? The pediatrician Dr. Lúcio Cury reinforces: “Some babies can gain 40g or even 50g a day. There is no need to restrict. The numbers just can’t be less than that. ”
Underweight baby’s weight gain
If the newborn has less than expected weight gain, it is necessary to correct something. It is usually linked to the breastfeeding handle! It is important to stimulate the breasts, milk the milk and try to help the baby who is having difficulty in the beginning of breastfeeding. For the specialist, the infant formula to complement is only a last resort.
The pediatrician explains that in the first few months, your child will gain more weight than ever. “In the beginning, weight gain goes up a lot and then slows down. So much so that in the 3rd quarter, we started to follow the growth curve ”.
A tip for if you are worried about the baby’s weight gain: talk to your pediatrician and if necessary, ahead the consultation. Don’t worry about waiting for a month for a return.
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