How often should I weigh my baby?
Weighing a baby is one way to see whether the baby is getting enough milk and growing normally. Health-care providers will weigh babies at each regular visit. Health organizations have various recommendations about how children should be weighed. We believe that frequent visits and weighings are important to prevent and fix problems. To ensure breastfeeding is well-established, newborn babies should be checked and weighed on discharge from hospital and again within two days, at one week, and two weeks. Babies grow more slowly after the first few months, so frequent weighing becomes less useful. Breastfeeding should be reviewed at each visit. More frequent weighing may be useful if a health-care provider is concerned about a baby’s growth.