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Q&A: How much weight should baby gain?

What rate should my baby gain weight at? When should I worry, in terms of gaining too much or too little?

Re: What rate should my baby gain weight at? When should I worry, in terms of gaining too much or too little?

The Bump Expert

Most babies actually lose weight in the first week after birth. As long as yours is feeding well, making urine and stool, and doesn't drop more than 10% of birth weight, this isn't a problem. By two weeks, I expect a baby to return to birth weight. The average baby then gains about one ounce per day for the first month, and about one or two pounds a month until month six. Most babies double their birth weight by five or six months, and triple it by a year. Remember, though, these are averages. It's perfectly normal for an otherwise healthy baby to vary from these standards. I start to worry if a newborn loses more than 10% of birth weight, isn't making at least three or four wet diapers per day, doesn't seem satisfied after feedings, or doesn't get back to birth weight by two weeks.

Dr. Leigh Serra

Q&A: How much weight should baby gain?

11lbs

johnnie28 |

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my baby is 7 weeks and she was born on oct 11th . she is only 9 pds. doc says she has high metabolism

dreamzz012007 |

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my baby is 7 weeks born oct 10th she is 9lbs at brith she was 6lbs 3oz doc said she doing great

kameo |

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My baby boy was born on October 23. He just turned 7weeks yesterday. He was born at 38wks and 1day. I didn't have gestational diabetes, but he was still 9lbs2oz. He is now 11lbs14oz. It's amazing how quick they grow! He's huge!

CntrySccerChk |

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My baby is 6 1/2 weeks old. He was born 18 November and has gone from 7lb 3oz at birth and is now over 12 lbs. He is bottle-fed breast milk and sometimes gets similac for a supplement before sleepy time. He doesn't look particularly fat, just a good baby chunky.

klaulis |

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My baby was born on November 22nd. He weighed 8 pounds even. Two check ups ago the doctor said he was beneath his weight goal, but today he weighed 11 pounds and is back on track and rising in percentile for his age. He went from leaving milk in the bottle at each feed to being a voracious eater.

janetr10 |

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My baby was born 10.16.2010, and she came into this world at a staggering 11lbs, 11oz. She is now at 14lbs, 12 oz. We worried too for a while, because it took a full two weeks after birth to get back to her birth weight, but she is doing great now!

raynbowgirl |

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My son weighed 8lb 8oz when he was born and at his 2 mth chkup, he weighed 13lb 10 oz. He won't take a pacifier and he takes a 4-5 oz bottle every 3 hrs and he also sleeps very good at night. I do worry that the baby is overweight but as long as the doctor says that he's ok, I'm not going to fuss too much.

valshaw |

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My baby is 7 weeks is was born December 18 and her weigh t is 13 pounds. I have a healthly baby.

shayshay028 |

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My little peanut baby was 5 lbs 13 oz when he was born on Feb 15th...he was back to that on Feb 19thy and is now 2 weeks old and 6 lbs 13oz. He is a much better eater than his big brother was. He also grew almost 3 inches in 2 weeks. His doctor is quite happy with his progress :)

tylersmom22 |

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I think the answer to this question is that all babies are different...my 11 week old has been dealing with not gaining enough since birth, but he was born 9lbs 8 oz! He eats well, never fusses or complains...our Doctor was very quick to promote formula which bugged me so much we found a new Pediatrician!

hillarybrooke |

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All babies a different. My son was born 2 weeks early, and he weighed 7lbs 15oz, by 4 weeks he was 12 pounds. He goes back to the doctor at 8 weeks on the 18th and I am expecting him to be at least 15 pounds.

jenniferrose89 |

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my baby weighed 5lb 11oz when he was born dec 23 and at his 2 month checkup he was 12lb 11oz he goes to the dr in 2 weeks for his 4 month checkup and I can't wait to see what he is now:)

abby1987 |

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My baby is 4 months old, was 6lbs 14oz at birth and at her 4 month check up, she was 10lbs 10oz.. I was afraid that she wasnt gaining the weight she should but the doctor wasnt worried. High metabolism!

ashleyandbryant2009 |

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My daughter was 5 lb 14 oz on 4-28-11 she's 7 weeks old now and her weight is about 9 lbs 10 oz! She was born early but is doing great now! :)

jodimae1980 |

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My little boy is six months old now. When he was born he was 7.2lbs and at his six month check up he was 20lbs and 28ins long! He is the "average" height and weight of a 1yr old. But his pediatrician said that he is in great proportion so it's not a problem. And she thinks he's going to be tall!

Brennensmommy |

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My little girl is almost 6 months old and she is 13 lbs and 24 ins, is she small?

AprilAng |

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My baby girl is 7 weeks old, she was born June 11th, and was 8 lbs 3 oz, she is currently a little over 12 lbs! She is a happy breastfed baby, getting some meat on those thighs in time for 2 month shots coming up....not looking forward to that apt.

JacnDave |

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Newborns are suppose to gain 1/2 an ounce to 1 ounce a day. If your little one starts off with rapid gain, it might slow down earlier than is typical, but generally, weight gain slows around 4 months. My little one gained over an ounce a day for the first 6 weeks, then slowed down to closer to the 1/2 ounce a day range. Since she started gaining so quickly, MD is fine with the early slowing. Additionally, she started sleeping through the night at 8 weeks, so, naturally, weight will slow, since she's not getting those additional feedings.

oct1009 |

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My son is 7 wks born on 7-24 @ 7lbs 12oz. He went @ 2 1/2 wks for a formula switch & was 9lbs 1oz & a inch & a half longer. The Dr was astonished he was growing so quick.. he wnt bk @ a little over 5 wks & was 10lbs 13oz. Already 3lbs heavier thn his birth weight.. she sd he was fine tho. Can't wt 2 c what he is in 26th @ his 2 month checkup. :)

Babyboy0726 |

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my son was born 8.5 lbs 21.5 inches long. At his one month he was already ten lbs! but, he was also getting longer. I dont go crazy with feeding him just because he is crying either, its just how he is growing. Every baby is different but baby will determine when to eat. Just make sure you and your pediatrician are on the same page.

truang3l19 |

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my daughter was born at 37wks and 6days at 6pounds 5oz. she is 7 weeks and weighs 10 pounds 4 oz. i think thats fine.

krbrdea |

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hi kalaulis, i m new this blog. I baby is 6.5 week old and weighs 9 pounds..She is breast fed and twice bottle fed breast milk. Just wanted to know if you bottle fed breast milk , is the milk supply still good. Do you pump and store . I hve heard if you just pump and do not get the baby latch on to the breast , you rmilk supply will reduce and will stop the supply inspite if you pumping. Please help as i i know if i breast feed my baby she is not satisified and cries but if i give her bottle , she drinks atleast 2 ounces of breast milk. Really need yoru help as my baby is only on 25 percetile on her growth chart.

kanikaks |

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My son weighed 8lbs 6oz at birth, he turned one month this past weekend and had a check up today. He weighed 11lbs 6oz! I couldn't believe he gained so much but my doctor said he was perfect and he does have a very good appetite. I breast fed in the beginning but he never seemed satisfied so I started pumping and feeding him from a bottle plus supplementing with formula at night. I had a really hard time keeping my milk supply up. He was eating about 4oz a feeding whether it was formula or breastmilk, eating about 8 times a day. I had a hard time pumping enough to keep my milk supply up enough for my little guy's big appetite so I switched to formula about 2 weeks ago. He is satisfied after all feedings now and goes a lot longer between. Wish I was able to keep breastfeeding but it just didn't work out for us. Hope this helps!

alysia122888 |

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My son just turned 4 months old 2 days ago and weighs 25 pounds!!!!! The dr put him on cereal at 6 weeks old and baby food at 3 months to keep him fuller longer so he wouldnt gain so fast and so far he is slowing down and staying the same weight a little longer. He would just eat so much formula that he would be sick from all the liquid in his tummy by the end of the night.

NotoriansMommy |

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My daughter is 7wks and was born 8lbs. 15oz. She is now 13 lbs. even and growing fast. I too was concerned about the fast weight gain, but as long as she is growing length wise, and her developmental issues are fine, her weight is not an issue to the doctors. She is just a happy chunky little girl.

reeree39 |

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my son was born dec 19,2011 at 7lbs 12oz n now he two month u know 8 wks n weights 12lb my doc said to give him less food 3oz not 4 oz bet she would have said 2 if she didnt see my face. got me thinking my baby getting to big now...

iris yanira |

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Iris Yanira I don't think you have to worry...My baby was born Jan 27 2012 and weight 7lb 6oz not much different then yours...we weight for her first shots about a week ago when she was 9 weeks and she was now 11lb 10oz...my doctor said that was awesome...the only difference is that she is breastfed not bottle fed...is your son growing length wise too? i would think its normal for babys to grow

dora_jurja |

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My son was born Dec. 16th 2011, his due date was Jan 5th 2012, he was 6.5 pounds, 21.5 inches long. He is now a little over 4 months and weighs 17.1 pounds, and he is 26.1 Inches long. When we went for his 4month check up, the doctor thought she had the wrong room because he looks like a 6 month old. He has jumped a couple percentiles and said that she was worried, but that he is completely proportioned, and he is not "over weight" she said we might be over feeding him. Is it possible to over feed milk fed babies? When he isn't hungry anymore, he pushes the bottle out with his tongue, or just doesn't let the bottle go in his mouth by blocking it with his tongue and lips.

Keysfamily |

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My baby was born may 26, 2012 at 9lbs 5 oz. She will be 9 weeks old in 2 days and weighs in at 12lbs 7 oz. She is very tall at 24 inches, so her weight is fine for her height.

rachelrrodriguez2988 |

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my son is 9 months and he just had his 9 month appt the other day and he is 19lbs 2oz.

lawmaria |

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my baby is six months he is 7kg is he gaining normal he was born 2.02kg

ndasaa |

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ounce a day

knltisby |

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My daughter was born on 8.30.12 and weighed 8lbs 2ozs at birth. At discharge she was 7lbs 6ozs and she is 7 weeks today and just 2 days ago she weighed 10lbs 4ozs... Dr says healthy weight gain. She has a VSD heart defect so they watch her weight closely. Dr says she should gain about 6-8ozs a week. She's EBF too.

emacleod |

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Alysia122888, I am in the same situation you are and am contemplating switching to formula, can you message me since I have a few questions for you?

Lorusia |

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My baby will be 2 months old in 2 days. He was born 11 days past his due date at 11 pounds 8 ounces and was 15 pounds and 24" long at his 1 month check up. I think he'll be about 18 pounds and possibly 26" at his 2 month so he slowed down a tiny bit...we might be testing his blood for diabetes but it doesn't run in the family. He has slept through the night since we brought him home, and eats 5-6 times a day on the breast about 4-5 ounces so I'm really not sure why he's gaining so quickly. He also rolled over when he was 2 weeks old and NEVER stops moving when he's awake...maybe it's all muscle! (Our little sumo wrestler).

arielmoser |

Q&A: How much weight should baby gain?

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asslikethat |

Q&A: How much weight should baby gain?

My baby girl at birth was 5 lbs 9oz delivered at 39 weeks. When we left the hospital at 2 days old she was 5lbs 4 oz. At her 1 month visit today she was 8lbs 2 oz. So she gained 2.8 lbs in 3 weeks. And she's just long and slim.

angeldiane02 |

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My baby was 7lb 11oz at birth and 20in 6 weeks latter she weighed 11lb 12oz and 23in..and the doc said that was fine becaused she is a breast fed child.

vickybennett |

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Baby weighed 5lb 15oz(37 weeks delivery) and at one month check up was 8lbs 3oz! :) still only in the 10th percentile but Dr says he's a healthy little man! :)

blondewinegirl |