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When my son was born (hospital birth), I was told he weighed 8 lbs. 15 oz. However, at 12 hours past the birth, he weighed 9 lbs, 3.4 oz. on 2 different hospital scales (one of them the same one he was initially weighed on). Clearly, the initial weight was wrong.<br><br>
By 12 hours, he had passed one small (tsp) stool + had a couple of lightly wet diapers. I began nursing right away, but of course he was only getting colostrum.<br><br>
How many oz could he have lost in that initial 12 hours and what do you think he really weighed at birth? I've been going with 9 lbs 3 oz b/c that's the closest thing to accurate I have, but I suspect he was more. At 24 hours, he was 9 lbs 1 oz.<br><br>
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Why do you think his birthweight was wrong? I mean, it doesn't sound that significant - it's only a little over 4 ounces difference. Some babies don't lose any weight at all, and if he hadn't been pooping up a storm by that time but had been nursing really well I'd think it would be *possible* his birthweight was accurate.<br><br>
I'm not a BP (yet) though, so I could be off my rocker <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">! I don't think there's any way to really know what he weighed at birth though since every baby is so different...
 

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Not a BP but the same thing happened to me with my third... Scale was broken but no one told my mw (it was consistently bringing up the weight of the previous baby) when she went to get a scale from the nursing station. His birth weight came up at 7 lb 6 oz. 14 hours later on discharge, weight was 8 lb 1 oz!! LOL - my mw and I laughed so hard the next day (the nurse did the discharge weight after my mw left the hosp).<br><br>
When my primary mw came the following day, she said she suspected his real birth weight was 8 lb 3 oz b/c that's what the broken scale flashed before it settled at 7/6.<br><br>
The best part was how freaked out the nurse was. She brought like 4 scales in to keep checking. Oh, and hearing my mw swear out of surprise was certainly memorable! We still laugh over that story. Although I have to say that I asked my mw to bring her hanging scale to the hospital for #4 as I wasn't going to trust the digital scales anymore. She kindly left it at my house even for the first week so that no matter which of my two midwives came to check, we had the same scale.<br><br>
At any rate, I think 1 or 2 oz is certainly a reasonable weight loss for 12 hours. Well, of course, that's barring any IV fluids during labour as it could be more if you had lots of fluids.
 

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I had the same thing happen with DS. At birth I was told he weighed 7 lbs 5 oz. When I took him to the ped. at 4 days old he weighed 7 lbs. 14 oz. My milk had come in on day 2 and it seemed extremely unlikely that even if he hadn't lost any weight that he could have gained so much in 2 days <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: . The ped. kept insisting that I had his birth weight wrong. I took DS to my midwife's office to compare scales and both her office scale and the one used at birth were pretty much right on with the ped's scale. My midwife's assistant is the one who weighed him at birth and all we can think of is that she misread the scale. It was the spring type with the pouch. It's possible that since there was only a line for every two ounces that he really weighed 7 lbs 10 oz so we "chose" that as his official birth weight.<br><br>
Now it seems kind of silly that I was so worried about it, but it REALLY upset me at the time. Announcing how much the baby weighed is such a big part of announcing the birth--and I wasn't sure what to say<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> .
 

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That's why it's important to me. What do I say to people? What do I put on the announcement and in his baby book? It matters to me, might seem silly to others, but I want the right weight for my records.<br><br>
Anyway, we're settling on 9, 3 but I'm guessing he was more like 9, 5. I just thought maybe someone would have a better idea than I about how much weight he might have lost in the first 12 hours.<br><br>
One of the 18 year veteran nurses told me that she has never seen a breastfed baby gain weight while in the hospital, ever!
 

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I had a very similar experience to springbabes'. My DS was weighed at 7lb2oz at birth, and 3 days later at the pedi was measured at 7lb10oz. My MW came that day or the next and we weighed him again - he came up within an ounce of the weight from the pedi on the same scale he was measured on at birth. It's possible there was a read error, I guess, but no one ever suggested it.
 

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we see babies gain all the time-- infact we re-weigh the ones that seem to have lost weight and go over baby's sleep awake patterns and watch latch... because even though it has been reported as "normal" it is not what we normally see. the 4 oz gain is more like what we see-- also how much time did your baby spend in the nursery?
 

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Well, I had a homebirth and EBF and she didn't lose any weight that I'm aware of. She was born at 3:23 am (ish) and we didn't weigh her til the afternoon, but she was 8-1, and gained 7 ounces in the first week or so. Did you have zero separation? IMO the weight loss so common in hospital birth is mostly due to separation, even the separation of baby on warming table getting newborn procedures shortly after birth.
 

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Oh yea, another thing-my 1st was born in the hospital and she did lose 10% or so. My milk took almost 6 days to come in, but at one week she'd regained her birth weight on colostrum alone (and that one little day of breastmilk). It's good stuff.
 

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Hmm, I was under the impression that BF babes never gained weight b4 mom's milk came in.<br><br>
He was never in the nursery, never out of my sight, although we were separated when he was on the warming table and the couple of times I left him in the "crib" to go potty (I was alone in the room, wheeled babe into the bathroom). There is no way anyone could have slipped him a bottle.<br><br>
I know he was getting colostrum from me, but why would he gain 4 oz in the first 12 hours and then lose 2 oz in the next 12 hours and then continue to lose weight until my milk came in on day 3 pp? By 4 days old, he was 8, 6. At one week, he was 9, 7, so I have no worries in that dept, I just wanted to know what others thought his birthweight might be.<br><br>
Thanks for your input everyone!
 
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