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January 18th, 2008, 06:16 PM
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Hi I just had a baby girl on the 12th. She was 8lbs at birth , 7lb 11oz that night, 7lb 5oz on Tuesday and 7lb 3oz yesterday. She is eating every 3 hours but only about 1 1/2 - 2 oz each time.She has plenty of diapers, and doesn't spit up much just falls asleep quickly after the bottle gets in her mouth. Doc is talking about possibly putting her on 24 cal formula if she doesn't gain any weight by mon or tues. She was checked for jaundice yesterday and it came back 9.5 , they said that is not high enough to worry about ? Anyway I read somewhere if you are given a lot of fluids during labor the baby can have a lot of fluid weight and seem like they are losing more after birth. Anyone know if this is true because I was given a ton of fluids. Any suggestions on how to get her to gain weight or any similar stories would help greatly.
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January 18th, 2008, 07:28 PM
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She's only a few days old hun, it can take 2-4 weeks for the babe to regain her birth weight. I wouldn't jump the gun yet.
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January 19th, 2008, 04:13 PM
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my son is almost 6wks old, he was 8.4 at birth. his pedi's wanted him back at birth weight at about 2wks old. you'd be surprised at how fast they gain weight, i wouldn't worry too much about it just yet. i'm not sure about the fluid thing though.
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January 19th, 2008, 05:33 PM
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I agree. I think every infant loses weight in the first few days. Anna took a while to get back up to her birth weight. Can't remember exactly how long, but it was a couple weeks.

I don't know exactly how much weight is normal to lose, so if the doctors are suggesting this maybe it is a little more than they'd like. I wouldn't get overly stressed out about it yet, especially if the doctors seem to be on top of it. I don't think there is much you can do to force an infant this young to gain weight other than maybe what the doctor recommended of switching to a higher calorie formula. Their stomachs are only so big, so 2 oz is a decent meal.

Good luck, and enjoy your new little one!
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