Weight is an important indicator of how a baby is doing, that’s why it is monitored from the start. Weight checks are particularly important for breastfed babies as they have a different feeding pattern and it’s difficult to know how much milk they are actually taking at each feed. For bottlefed babies, weight is also monitored. It is reassuring to know that your baby is gaining weight and thriving, particularly for first time Mums.
If your baby is breastfed and is not thriving, your public health nurse can direct you to a number of support services in your area. Your health centre may also have a breastfeeding group each week which is a great way to meet other mums at the same stage and to offer each other tips and support – you may even make a new friend to go for long walks or coffee with afterwards! .