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15/05/2013 at 17:18
A was born on the 50th centile and is now just hovering above the 9th. They said if she hits or goes under the 9th when weighed next week then she'll have to be referred. I stupidly (didn't really hit me until we left) didn't ask who she'd be referred to or what would happen. Does anyone have any experience of this?
She has been putting on weight but only very slowly...between 2 and 5oz a week.
HV has so far told me to go to get her latch checked to make sure she's getting enough milk through, but not to introduce any formula at this stage. I finally feel like we're turning a corner with the BFing, but this has knocked my confidence :(
15/05/2013 at 17:35
probably a paediatrician, doctor specialising in babies and children at your local hospital. Try not to take it personally. There are lost of reasons why babies don't always gain weight as quickly as you expect.
15/05/2013 at 17:38
Obviously no experience myself - but I'd bear in mind that if adults were placed on centiles for weight, you'd also be on a low centiles as you're very petite. She could be taking after her mum.
15/05/2013 at 17:39
yes, it might just be where she settles. Your placenta determined her birth weight, and now may be following her 'true' line.
Maybe you have turned the corner with it and the differance will show next week. Keep at it for the week don't doubt yourself and I hope you prove yourself right next week x
15/05/2013 at 17:49
Both H and I are very slim naturally and find it difficult to put on weight ourselves, so its no suprise at all that she's little. I just thought she'd follow a lower centile but she seems to be dropping off. Maybe she just hasn't reached her centile line yet and will start to follow it when she gets there.
15/05/2013 at 17:54
I think you've hit the nail on the head with your last post and it does sometimes take babies a while to find their centile. My two have been the opposite but my niece was born on the 50th (or maybe even 75th, I can't remember) but dropped to the 9th and is still there at 5 years old, she is very very fussy and hardly ever hungry but she seems to be naturally petite.
15/05/2013 at 18:01
It takes some babies a while to find their natural line and follow it, and it sounds as though that's what she may well be doing. If she is putting weight on consistently, feeding well, weeing and pooing and is alert and looking well, then I wouldn't panic too much as those are all the signs that she is doing well. It may well be worth seeing a breastfeeding counsellor to talk through things and check her latch just in case there are improvements that can be made. A referral would be to a paediatrician who could investigate and rule out any other causes of slow weight gain but I'd want to give it another couple of weeks first if there are no other concerns.
15/05/2013 at 18:11
She seems well in herself. Wees and poos are fine, she's nice and happy most of the time and sleeps well, but does wake for feeds if she needs to. I think i just need to have faith that she is fine and, like her mum, will forever struggle with a doctor's definition of 'good weight'
Thanks all, has helped having it written down and all your assurances :)
15/05/2013 at 23:03
This happened to us with S and we were referred to the GP who checked her over. It's just to make sure there are no other underlying reasons for the weight loss. We were also forced to give her formula, but that's another story. Once she starts to follow a line, they tend to back off. C was born just under the 50th and gradually dropped to the 9th which she's followed for weight and height since. S dropped to the 9th and has now gone up to the 75th for weight and height. She's now huge in comparison to C. They're all different and things will settle down soon, but don't be worried and being referred as we were so upset about it.
16/05/2013 at 13:41
What everyone else said re taking a while to find her centile if she seems satisfied after a feed and happy in her self try not to worry.
On a personal note I had this with disco baby he was a heafty 8lb 11oz at birth which put him in approx the 75 centile he then lost a reasonable amount of weight and then was a very slow weight gainer he finally setteled on the line between the 0.4 and 2nd centiles and it took awhile. H and I are both slim and disco is a fidgety baby so in retrospect it wasn't surprising however tha didn't make me feel any better when the HV kept querying it. Mine wern't supportive and even suggest I wake him up in the night for a feed when he was only sleeping in 3 hour blocks.
Only babys GP made me feel better when i told him the HV had stressed me out and he said his little girl had fallen off the centiles (after being an avaerage size at birth) and she was just tiny like her mum he says weight alone doesn't dictate a healhy baby and while it can be an indicator for concern it has to be considered along with other factors
16/05/2013 at 14:09
I had a baby who didn't gain any weight at all at first. She only regained her birth weight at 5 weeks which is very slow. I had to see the GP who said that the baby looked fine in herself and that the'd look again at her 6 week check. She was right on the 50 percentile at birth but dropped down to the very bottom of the chart and then eventually settled somewhere between the 9th and 25th lines. She suddenly started gaining at 6 weeks and everything was OK after that.
Where my friend lives they stopped weighing babies in the early weeks as they said it was getting mums too stressed (with baby number one they'd been weighing him every DAY! as he was jaundiced). She was at a loss when they'd changed their policies so much in the two years between babies.
Don't worry too much either way. The lack of weight gain can be indication of something or absolutely nothing. They just like to err on the side of caution because its so important to intervene as early as possible if there is any real problem. Don't take it as a personal judgement on your abilities (hard I know).
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