Failure To Thrive

Faltering weight can worry some parents

Weight gain issues

Failure to thrive is a huge concern for new parents and can cause much distress.

Babies instinctively know how to feed and how often to feed. After the first 2-3 days, newborn babies will feed approximately 8 times a day, and this is important to establish milk supply. This frequency of feeding will continue for some months.

Establishing full milk supply will take about the first 4 weeks.

What can go wrong that affects milk supply establishment and can result in failure to thrive?

Incorrect latching can affect milk coming in

Not understanding the frequency of feeds and wondering if you have enough milk and then offering formula

Giving babies dummies to keep them quiet instead of responding to feeding cues

Breastfeeding can feel demanding as you are the only person who can feed the baby, stick with it, you'll get there in the end!

Growth and weight gain differ considerably

Most babies will grow optimally

Genetics and parents size will influence the baby's weight and growth patterns

When you visit the GP or other health professionals, they will always weigh your baby, and this is a way to know your baby is growing as expected

Sometimes baby's weight might not be what is expected, and there are often reasons for this

Mums milk supply may have decreased due to reduced feeds

Baby may have been unwell and not feeding as frequently

Baby may not be able to coordinate feeding which may be related to prematurity

Parents may be offering baby a dummy instead of responding to feeding cues resulting in reduced feeds

If your breastfed baby is experiencing faltering growth, then a consultation with a Lactation Consultant will help to sort out the problem.