Can I use before-feed and after-feed weights to see how much milk my slow-growing baby takes from the breast?
When a baby is not growing well, it may be because the baby is sick or because the baby is underfed. It’s important to know which it is, because the treatment for each is different. Before-feed and after-feed weights show both types of babies taking in a small amount of milk but mothers of sick babies are often able to express significant amounts of milk after breastfeeding. Sick babies often refuse supplements but underfed ones will accept them and grow quickly after starting them. Before-feed and after-feed weights can also show how much milk a baby, who is too sick to breastfeed well, is taking in and help health-care providers know how much milk supplement to give.