1. Caitlin Lake

    When my baby was weighed at birth, he was 9lbs1oz! That was after I’d been in labor for a very long time and been given a lot of fluids at the end. At 24 hours, he weighed 8lbs8oz. Thankfully, several people told me that I should expect more weight loss with him, because he had been plumped up with the fluids. He eventually got down to 7lbs13oz, and then was back up to 8lbs9oz within a few days.

    In the meantime, though, several people said things to me that came close to scaring me out of breastfeeding. Thankfully, I had really good support and cheerleaders or I might have been convinced by the fear mongering and thrown in the towel. My midwife said she encourages moms who’ve had fluid during labor to ignore birth weight and instead use the 24 hour weight as a more accurate measurement.