How Do I Know My Baby Is ok?
We all look at our baby at birth to count his/her toes and fingers, looking over the precious little one to be sure that everything is ‘normal’. The following is what is important to be done during the prenatal period to comfort you as the parent that your baby is going fine.
The weight your baby weighs at birth, will be used as a guideline for how he/she is doing over the next several weeks. Remember ,that your babies doctor will have a chart to keep track of the babies weight gain and losses. But this chart is often the one that is made by a formula company for formula fed babies. That means that babies will gain weight different. Ask your doctor or care provider to please use the chart based on breast fed babies.
THE FIRST WEEK
the baby will loose from 5-10% of his/her weight.
Babies will begin to gain their weight back. Smaller babies on average will gain about a 1/2 ounce a day and larger babies on average will gain up to an ounce a day. Often babies will be at their birth weight or above by week number 2.
Babies will continue to gain about an ounce a day
Babies Âwill often be well above their birth weight by this time.