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Perhaps the most common cause of slow weight gain is related to mismanaged breastfeeding. The following are some ways to help your baby gain weight if breastfeeding management is the reason for the slow weight-gain pattern.
Several methods require assistance from a professional, such as a certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) so you can use them correctly. Depending on your baby and the cause of the problem, some methods may work better than others. Also, discuss bottle nipple type with the IBCLC if you bottle-feed any supplement. Some types of bottle nipples are less likely to interfere with breastfeeding than others.
If breastfeeding is properly managed, yet the baby still is not gaining adequate weight, it is likely that some other factor is affecting milk production or the baby's ability to breastfeed effectively. Always consult your physician in this case.