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Old Mar 11th, 2010, 08:53 AM   1
marley2580
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Ban the scales!


Am I alone in thinking that they need to stop weighing babies? Every day someone posts on this board something about how their LO isn't gaining enough weight and they need to increase their supply/top up/combo feed/formula feed/etc. We need to start looking at the baby as a whole, not just concentrate one one thing, particularly when that one thing can change depending on whether the baby has had a pee/poo, is due a feed, what time of day it is, if it's the same set of scales etc.

Come on mums, start trusting your instincts. If your baby is happy, doesn't sleep too much or too little, is growing, seems contented after a feed, is healthy, etc. then they're fine. Join me in boycotting the scales!

Ban the scales!



 
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Old Mar 11th, 2010, 08:59 AM   2
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i agree to a point. some babies are just slow gainers and are perfectly healthy, however, not gaining weight sufficiently is something that needs to be looked into at least, just to check why........as there are so many reasons, from bad latch to illness.

I know what you mean though about undue pressure on breastfeeding and apparently head circumference is a much better indicator of growth anyway x



 
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Old Mar 11th, 2010, 09:07 AM   3
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I disagree hugely. I would have given up breast feeding in the first few weeks if I didn't have the numbers there infront of me showing how good a job we were doing!

Its not that I didn't trust myself, its just that on a bad day, been able to polt on a chart that N was gaining weight gave me the strength to carry on BF!

Maybe now she's older, weight doesn't make a difference to me, when the scales say she's only put on 3oz (she usually puts on about 6 a week) I just ignore it, as I know my baby well enough to know that she's fine. Although sometimes I do like to see how much she's put on so I can have a 'proud breast feeding mum' moment. But in the early weeks, the scales were what was telling me how good a job I was doing.



 
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Old Mar 11th, 2010, 09:12 AM   4
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I felt the same encouragement from early weigh-ins, however... I'd forego that in a heartbeat if it meant these other women weren't scared witless.

To be fair, we didn't have as many weigh-ins as some of them appear to have had. I can't be doing with HVs.

I think we'd have found other signs of encouragement, whereas some of these women get severely messed with.



 
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Old Mar 11th, 2010, 09:18 AM   5
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I just wish there wasnt such a huge weight (hardehar) put on the weight of babies. There are other measures of how well that child is doing that are WAY more reliable that a set of scales.
Ive probably said a thousand times in a thousand different places that slow weight gain on its own is NOT an indicator of a problem yet Drs, HVs etc seem OBSESSED with it even if everything else is perfectly ok the FIRST thing they do is advise to top up (or with FF babies past 3 months the advise seems to be to wean them...urk) which I dont understand unless its been specifically discovered that there is a lack of milk production (which would be linked to alack of breast tissue, dehydration etc) as formula has less calorific value than breastmilk so feeding something less able to put weight on a baby makes bog all sense to me.



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Old Mar 11th, 2010, 09:31 AM   6
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with formula you can monitor how much they are taking, thats why people recommend it, not because its better for gaining weight. also if babies have difficulty with their sucking or latch, drinking from a bottle can be easier for them. (in situations where you can't express enough)



 
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Old Mar 11th, 2010, 09:32 AM   7
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how much weight gain how often really means little.
weight gain at all is good!
the midwives i am a student with pay LITTLE attention to how much a baby weighs and concentrate on what is happening to the baby as a whole. charts mean nothing. so many babies don't grow according to the charts and people think something is wrong, but if so many babies don't grow according to a chart, wouldn't you think that maybe the chart is wrong?



 
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Old Mar 11th, 2010, 10:00 AM   8
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My health centre has just put signs everywhere saying to only bring baby for a weigh in once a month between 0-6 months and even less frequently afterwards as they say it is misleading otherwise. I know so many people with healthy babies who are convinced they are failing as mothers because of 'slipping centiles'. Scales are ok in their place, but they certainly don't tell the whole story.



 
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Old Mar 11th, 2010, 10:08 AM   9
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I'm one of those women who have been stressed by the scales and in many ways I hate them BUT I wouldn;t have known I was doing anything wrong if it wasn't for them.

I don't think there's anything wrong with scales it's just that adequate support and guidance needs to be given to mothers in regards to breastfeeding and it really isn't!



 
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Old Mar 11th, 2010, 10:18 AM   10
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Aaron lost so much weight after he was born that the midwife eventually gave me one more day to get him gaining, or else he would be admitted to hospital if I didn't start supplementing with formula. (Incidently my midwife is very pro-breastfeeding and said she gave me longer than any other midwife would have done.) Fortunately I was so determined to make it work that I did, but once I knew he was gaining weight well I stopped taking him to weigh-ins and ditched those stupid scales! This time round, I'll only be taking baby to be weighed very occasionally. There are plenty of other signs to make sure baby is doing well.



 
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