You may sometimes worry that your baby isn't gaining weight, and wonder if your baby is drinking breastmilk appropriately, or if breastmilk alone is not enough.
Each baby grows at his own pace. One baby may seem to be growing at a fast pace, while another seems to be growing at a slow pace. Babies sometimes don't gain much weight even if they drink enough breastmilk, so there's really no need to be concerned.
Also, it is said that newborn babies lose 10% of their body weight during the first few days after birth.
This is a physiological phenomenon that is caused by the elimination of excess body fluid, which babies retain inside the uterus.
Babies usually return to their birth weight 2-3 weeks after birth when breastfeeding is going normally.
Determine if your baby is gaining weight appropriately not only by whether he is drinking enough breastmilk, but also by whether your baby is energetic, how much urine is released, how your baby drinks breastmilk, the characteristics of the breastfeeding rhythm. Develop an eye for determining if your baby is getting enough breastmilk.
If you observe signs such as the baby being unenergetic and not responding well, the diapers not being wet often, infrequent bowel movements, an inconsistent breastfeeding rhythm (breastfeeding sessions are too long, intervals are too short, your baby can't drink appropriately), consult doctors, midwives or consultants.
(Source: UNICEF WHO, "UNICEF/WHO Breastfeeding Management and Promotion in a Baby-Friendly Hospital, an 18-hour course for maternity staff", 1993, p. 68)
(Source: UNICEF WHO, "UNICEF/WHO Breastfeeding Management and Promotion in a Baby-Friendly Hospital, an 18-hour course for maternity staff", 1993, p. 69)