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My neice was born august 23 and has only been breast fed since birth. she nurses well, pees and poops and i see her feed often when i am over at my sisters house. However, the big concern is that she has not gained any weight since birth and has continuosly lost weight. the pediatrican is concerned but has not said stop the breastfeeding. she has a check up this thursday, in 3 days . so is this common? i didn't breastfeed my kids but am posting this because you guys are smart. thank you. i hope i can e-mail some responses to my sister. Oh, she weighed 9.7 at birth and is now down to 9.2.
 

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It's common for b/f'ed babies to lose up to 10% of their body weight in the beginning. I think the goal is to have them back to birthweight by 2 weeks, but (at least my dr. said) it doesn't always happen w/ bigger babies. Tell you sis to keep nursing!
 

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My daughter was 9lbs at birth and was exclusively bfed and went down to 7lbs 13oz in the first few days. If the baby is wetting and pooping regularly and doesn't look dehydrated, she's probably ok. It took more than 2 weeks for her to gain back what she lost, but we were never really concerned. HTH!
 

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Did your sister have an IV during labor? I've heard that that can artificially inflate the birthweight.<br><br>
Send her to <a href="http:" target="_blank">www.kellymom.com;</a> there is a ton of great information there about getting started breastfeeding and what to look out for.<br><br>
Is your sister nursing on a schedule? She shouldn't. She should nurse whenever the baby is hungry (crying is a *late* sign of hunger; if the baby is awake and alert, moving its fists near its face, etc. she should offer the breast). Again, see the kellymom site for more info.<br><br>
Is your sister limiting time on the first breast and then switching to the other? Like 10 minutes on the first side and then switch? Again, big no no. She needs to wait until the baby is done on one side (i.e. no more sucking/swallowing) then offer the other side.<br><br>
Is your sister in touch with La Leche League? Or a lactation consultant?<br><br>
HTH!
 

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Medical staff who are supportive of breastfeeding know you are supposed to weigh from the bottom weight up. What I mean is, most babies lose weight at first. Then when they get to their bottom weight you start counting from that point up.<br><br>
If you got IV fluids during labor/birth that can artificially inflate the baby's weight and make it appear there was more weight loss.<br><br>
ITA about staying in contact with LLL or a good lactation consultant to head off any small problems before they become big ones. And nursing CONSTANTLY is normal. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
And that kellymom link is fabulous!
 

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no, she is not breastfeeding on a schedule and she is waiting for the baby to stop sucking then switching breast.yes, she did have an iv during labor. and when olivia was weighed the dr. said 9.7 but to me she did n't look more than she weighed 7 lbs.
 

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I think it's easier for BF babies to lose weight due to BF management issues especially with a first time BF mom. If the baby isn't latching well then the baby isn't getting enough milk and will lose weight. It's not a lack of milk but the baby has to learn to latch well and the mother has to learn how to help the baby do this. You can get a baby to drink formula from the start and gain lots of weight but it's not as healthy as BF. Some BF babies I know are huge and others are small. What I've really noticed is the variation in weight and weight gain and I guess this is as nature intended. I think it's quite normal for babies to take 2-3 weeks to regain their birth weight. Doctors like babies to be back to their birthweight by 2 weeks.<br><br>
It's good your sisters baby was big to start with. Mine was 6lb 3 oz and then lost 14th of her bodyweight by day 5 due to bad latching. But eventually with the help of lactation consultants and wise words from moms here, we got it all back on track. Doctors don't like babies to lose more than 10% of their bodyweight. Doctors aren't usually a lot of help cause they don't know how to offer practical advice even if they are supportive of BF. Tell your sister to read all she can on <a href="http://www.kellymom.com" target="_blank">www.kellymom.com</a> - there's good info on weight gain and what to expect in the first 6 weeks.
 
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