Why is my baby not growing well?
If a baby is not growing well, it’s because the baby is not taking in enough milk or the baby is sick. In either case, mothers should work with their health-care providers to figure out the problem and ensure the baby is fed. If a baby is not getting enough milk, it may be because the mother has a low milk supply or the baby is not breastfeeding enough or effectively. Tools such as expressing or weighing the baby before and after feeds can help identify the problem. Underfed babies will gain quickly if given extra milk.
Consider using our quick assessment tool, “Why is my baby gaining poorly?” to guide you through this concern.