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How Much Weight Should Your Baby Gain in the First Year?

Obsessing over the scale!

If you are like me, or most mothers in America you probably obsess over your infant’s weight gain. Especially when you are breastfeeding.

I always wondered if my kids were getting enough and with my oldest I got sucked into the whole supplementing thing which ended our breastfeeding relationship as a whole. I knew this time around I would think about it in the back of my mind but I wasn’t going to let it rule my breastfeeding relationship with my pint sized daughter.

Yeah she was small when she was born but I knew the best thing I could do for her was nurse, especially since I knew I was producing more than enough breast milk. I was pumping like a cow on top of it!

So last week I was doing some research on how much weight an infant should gain in their first year of life before I headed to my daughters pediatrician check up.

I came across something that said infants should roughly triple their birth weight in the first year. Seems totally reasonable right?  Yup!

Then when I went for our check up my little 5 pound peanut was a whopping SEVENTEEN pounds when we plopped her on the scale. My worries all flew out the window at that moment and I knew the obsession over weight gain was never going to rule me again.

Over half of her life thus far had been sustained by nothing more than milk made by me!  A huge accomplishment across the board. Any mom who breastfeeds at all – for any length of time should top right now and give yourself a huge pat on the back!

But in the end… tripling their weight or not, as long as your little one is healthy stop and give yourself a big hug because moms – you are amazing!
And your little ones will be thanking you for being so amazing some day!

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