Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Shelby | 2009/07/09


Low birth weight - worried

Hello Doctor,

I am 38 weeks pregnant and have to have a caesar on Monday 13th as the placenta is apparently failing. The baby is 2.3kg at the moment and I would like to know what I can do to boost his weight once he is out?

Does a low birth weight mean he will be weak?

I intend breast feeding exclusively for 6 months and then mix it with formula and solids, will this be sufficient?

My first born was 3.7kg at birth and now seems to be a strong, healthy boy. I applied the same system as above.

Thank you for your time.

Expert's Reply



Do not be concerned. You will be surprised by the way your new baby will gain weight once on breast milk.He is a reaonable weight at present so do not worry.

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Posted by: BMJ | 2009/07/10

My second baby was born at 36w for the same reason weighing 1.8kg. (My 1st was 3.6kg). He was so small to me that he looked like a doll and needed premie clothes because newborn was far, far to big. He also needed to feed every hour and a half - I was permanently exhausted and he had a great need for physical touch and would cry terribly unless I held him - even as an older baby when we drove in the car, I had to hold his hand. He is still small for his age (he is now 6 but is the size of a 4y old) and apart from persistant ear problems he is the healthiest of all my children.

Enjoy you ' little'  baby - he will soon be a big boy like his brother

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