Trans4mind Home Page
Free Life Assessment Results

Reveal your true self!

Trans4mind has developed a confidential and very helpful Life Assessment tool. Sign up now and discover the key challenges you face, with a personalized training plan to completely transform your life...

Explore Article Library

Mommy & Baby: Weight Gain & Failure To Thrive

By Kirsten Hawkins

A guide to appropriate weight-gain and what to look for if you suspect failure-to-thrive:

Weight Gain:

Birth - 2 weeks of age

  • Regain birth weight plus some

    2 weeks - 3 months of age

  • Two pounds per month or one ounce per day

    4 - 6 months of age

  • One pound per month or one-half ounce per day (should double birth weight by 6 months)

    One year of age

  • 2.5 to 3 times her birth weight

    Failure to Thrive:

    There is a difference between slow weight gain and failure to thrive. With slow weight gain, the gain is consistent. With failure to thrive, you will see a baby who continues to lose weight after 10 days of life, does not regain her birth weight by three weeks of age, or gains at an unusually slow rate beyond the first month of life. Things to watch for from the mother's and baby's side include:

    Mother's side

  • Improper nursing technique (poor latch-on, etc.)

  • Nature or lifestyle (not enough sleep, liquids, nutritional foods, etc.)

  • Poor release of milk (related to let-down)

  • Feeding too frequently (this can give the baby an abundance of foremilk and a lack of hindmilk; the latter of which is nutritionally and calorie rich)

  • Feeding too infrequently (being a slave to the clock)

  • Not monitoring growth signs

  • Physical nurturing, holding, and cuddling

    Infant's side

  • Weak sucking

  • Improper sucking

    • Tongue-thrusting, pushing the nipple out of her mouth

    • Protruding tongue, her tongue will form a hump in her mouth, interfering with latching on

    • Tongue-sucking, she sucks her own tongue and not on the nipple

  • An underlying medical problem (if you suspect something, talk to your pediatrician immediately)

    Getting the help you need

    Lactation consultants can be very helpful in resolving issues related to latching on or inverted nipples, both of which can cause a problem with nursing. Allow the consultant to observe your baby nursing and note if there are problems in position, latching, or something else. Do not permit the consultant to dissuade you from your flexible routine if that's what you've decided to do for your family. Remember: if flexible routines were unhealthy, NICUs wouldn't use them for the most vulnerable of babies"preemies.

    If you determine that your nursing difficulties cannot be solved or are more stressful on you as mommy than what you need, do not feel guilty about switching to a bottle. It is more important that your baby receive nutrition to grow and thrive than to fit someone else's ideal of motherhood.

    About The Author
    Kirsten Hawkins is a baby and parenting expert specializing new mothers and single parent issues.

  • From our extensive site, you'll find good info on many topics using this search:

    Support your personal development with these popular and effective hypnosis downloads...

    • Public Speaking Fear ~ Banish speaking anxiety and nerves with hypnosis.
    • Motivate Yourself to Exercise ~ Build a powerful exercise habit that you can't break.
    • Get Rid of Fear & Anxiety ~ Stop worry and apprehension wrecking your life.
    • Self Esteem ~ Break the negative trance of low self esteem and give yourself a chance in life.
    • Create Your Own Reality ~ Use the power of your unconscious mind to transform your life.
    • Deeper Self Respect ~ Use hypnosis to connect with your true inner worth.
    • Detach From Fear ~ Tune out nervousness and anxiety with hypnosis.
    • Improving Concentration and Focus ~ Learn how to discipline, direct and command your mind to improve your performance.
    • Exercise Motivation ~ Give you powerful keys to getting back on track with your exercise - and staying there.
    • Overcoming Shyness ~ Provides an invisible security blanket allowing you to develop social ease and overcome shyness.
    • Quick Confidence Booster ~ An audio hypnosis session that's specifically designed to get you (quickly!) back on track.
    • Stop Negative Thoughts ~ Learn powerful hypnotic techniques to stop negative thoughts before they start.
    • Overcoming Procrastination ~ Let hypnosis help you get on with what you need to do, when you need to do it. Let nothing hold you back.
    • Think Thin ~ Use hypnosis to re-train your brain and lose weight naturally... that's how to get and stay slim.
    • Fall Asleep Fast ~ Relearn how to fall asleep fast and enjoy a good night's sleep.
    • The Next Level ~ Designed to radically boost your performance in any field. It's based on a technique used by top athletes and other successful people to help them make a big stride forward.
    This is our selection of favorites, but there's a session for every need! Choose from over 800 Hypnosis Downloads...
    Search now on an issue that interests or concerns you...

    View all the Hypnosis Downloads here

    Copyright © 1997-2017 Trans4mind Ltd