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Posted by: New mom | 2010/06/11

Baby weight gain

Hi, Doc
How much weight must a baby pick up from 1 year every week / month? (obviously it becomes less per week the older the baby gets...?)

I have a growth chart from the clinic but it is not user friendly...

Many thanks

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Dear New Mom
Congratulations on the birth of your baby. While each baby is an individual and some babies gain weight slightly faster than others. Other factors that play an important role, are the birth weight of the baby and if it is breastfed or bottle fed (the latter babies tend to gain more weight more rapidly during the fist 6 months when they receive only formula milk). The general rule is that weight gain should be steady, but not excessive. International tables list the weight of an infant as 6 kg at 6 months, so if a baby weighs 3 kg at birth (on average), then this would represent a gain of 500g per month. When you start introducing solids at 6 months your baby will probably gain slightly more weight per month, but the average weight at 12 months is 9 kg which also represent an increase of about 500g per month. If your baby should stop gaining weight or even lose weight or if the baby gains very rapidly, you need to consult your clinic or a dietitian so that they can assess the baby's progress and advise if you need to increase or decrease the feeds.
Enjoy your baby
DietDoc

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2010/06/11

Dear New Mom
Congratulations on the birth of your baby. While each baby is an individual and some babies gain weight slightly faster than others. Other factors that play an important role, are the birth weight of the baby and if it is breastfed or bottle fed (the latter babies tend to gain more weight more rapidly during the fist 6 months when they receive only formula milk). The general rule is that weight gain should be steady, but not excessive. International tables list the weight of an infant as 6 kg at 6 months, so if a baby weighs 3 kg at birth (on average), then this would represent a gain of 500g per month. When you start introducing solids at 6 months your baby will probably gain slightly more weight per month, but the average weight at 12 months is 9 kg which also represent an increase of about 500g per month. If your baby should stop gaining weight or even lose weight or if the baby gains very rapidly, you need to consult your clinic or a dietitian so that they can assess the baby's progress and advise if you need to increase or decrease the feeds.
Enjoy your baby
DietDoc

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