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Baby Basics

Normal Weight Gain for the First Year

I. Average Weight Gain for full-term infants (based on WHO guidelines 2006)

0 – 3 months 4 – 8 ounces / week (149 – 243 grams)
3 – 6 months 2.5 – 4.5 ounces / week (80 – 144 grams)
6 – 9 months 1.5 – 4 ounces / week (44 – 96 grams)
9 – 12 months 1 – 3 ounces / week (31 – 81 grams)

 

II. Dr. Sears: How much weight will my breastfeeding baby gain?

  • An average of 1-2 pounds (1/2 to 1 kilogram) per month for the first six months
  • An average of one pound (1/2 kilogram) per month from six months to one year

III. La Leche League International states:

  • Most babies tend to regain their birth weights within 10 days to 2 weeks.
  • The more weight a baby looses initially after birth, the longer it will take for him / her to regain to birth weight.

(Breastfeeding Answer Book – page 148)

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