Children’s Medical Center is fortunate to have on staff a Lactation Educator who is able to help with breastfeeding questions and issues. It is our goal to help support nursing mothers in any way we can if they chose to breastfeed their babies.
The information below is an online supplement to our clinic services and is provided by trusted medical professionals. We encourage you to review it and to contact our offices if you have any concerns about your child’s wellbeing.
Weight Gain and Newborns
Q: I breastfeed my 3-week-old whenever he wants to nurse. He's gained about 1-1/2 pounds since birth. My pediatrician is concerned that he's gaining too fast and wants me to limit feedings to every 4 hours or so. I tried, but I can't stand hearing him cry. He wants to breastfeed more often than ever. Is it possible for a breastfed baby to gain too much weight so fast?
A: Not really. Most newborns are expected to gain about half a pound a week, although since many babies lose a little weight during their first week, they may not hit that target as dependably as your son did.
Your son's increased hunger may be a sign that he's hit his first growth spurt, when some babies seem to nurse constantly. Denying him the chance to nurse on demand not only deprives him of the milk he needs to get through this spurt but may decrease your own ability to produce as much milk as he needs. Ask for a second opinion if you want to continue breastfeeding.