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People have asked about newborn weight gain in the past, and I've said multiple times that I want to keep track of a kids' weights at some point, but I never got around to it ... until now! Actually my husband deserves the credit, and this is due to the fact that we have quintuplets this year! So, these are the weight gains for one week in pounds and ounces. The first number is the birth weight, second number is weight at one week, and the number in parentheses is the weight gained. This also includes a bottle baby that couldn't maintain his body temperature outside.

2#2, 3#7 (1#5 ounces gained in one week)

3#4, 5#2 (1#14)

2#2, 3#6 (1#4)

2#14, 4#5 (1#7)

2#4, 2#12 (0#8)*

2#12, 4#0 (1#4)^

* This kid is definitely not getting enough. We're trying to supplement her, but she doesn't want the bottle. Unfortunately, being the smallest means she is also the weakest when it comes to fighting for those two teats. 

^ This kid has been bottlefed from the second day. When we checked on them, we repeatedly saw her not even trying to get to the teats. She would just be standing off by herself with her head hanging down looking like Eeyore (the donkey in Winnie the Pooh).

Based on which of these kids appear to be healthy and getting enough milk, I'd say that a weight increase of about 50% of birth weight is a great goal in the first week. So, if a kid is born at 2#, it should weight 3# by one week of age.

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We need pictures!!!


Patty Meyer said:

This thread is coming in so helpful!  My Ginger kidded with triplets Friday A.M. at 2:00.  I have been concerned, because I really don't know if she can feed triplets.  She wasn't that great of a milker as a FF, when she had twins.  Also, there was a huge weight difference between the buckling and his doeling sisters.

#1, doeling, weighed 2# 7 oz. @ 12 hours (yesterday @ 2:00 PM) and is now 2# 9 0z. (+2 in 17 hrs.)

#2, buckling, weighed 4# 2 oz. @ 12 hours.  Didn't weigh him again this AM as he's so big and active, and always seems to be nursing.

#3, doeling, weighed 2# 11 oz. @ 12 hours, and is now 2# 14 oz. (+3 in 17 hrs.)

According to this info, they're most likely doing well.  They don't act hungry, and seem active enough so far.  I'm keeping a close eye on them though!

:)  Coming soon!

Congratulations! Do continue watching though. Things can change at any time. It all depends on how the doe will be able to keep up with the kids' needs as they grow.


Thanks, Deborah, and yes, I'll do that. :)


Deborah Niemann-Boehle said:

Congratulations! Do continue watching though. Things can change at any time. It all depends on how the doe will be able to keep up with the kids' needs as they grow.
Deborah, Interesting as well, did the Bucks have a greater weight gain? They always seem to be the most vigorous eaters.

Yes, but the doelings also had issues with even trying to nurse. I wish I would have indicated which ones were bucks and does and also included which one was the non-quint that was bottlefed. I'll have to do this again!

Melissa Johnson said:

Deborah, Interesting as well, did the Bucks have a greater weight gain? They always seem to be the most vigorous eaters.

When I had a tiny one (1 lb 10 oz), I supplemented her though left her with mom and weighed all three babies twice a day.  I went by the guideline if they were all gaining relationally, all was fine.  Must have worked because last I heard she was almost as big as her sister who was twice as big at birth.  (I kept her other sister who is due to kid mid-April.)

What I found interesting and quite touching was that I would observe all three babies asleep and mom would go over and wake her up and get her to nurse.  It was like she knew the bigger ones pushed her away every time she went to eat.  Somehow she knew that Tiny Baby needed extra care.  I swear that goat moms are the best moms around!

Weighing them at least every day, or better if possible twice a day, does give us peace of mind that all is going well.

Firstfreshner Good attentive mothering Doe 

Quadruplets:  1. Doe  birth wt.= 4#1  oz                                                                 day 3  4# 9 oz          = 8 oz. gain

                          2. Doe birth wt=   3# 11 1/2 oz        day 2 wt= 4# 1 oz.               day 3  4# 8 1/2 oz   = 13 oz gain

                          3. Buck  birth wt=3# 10 1/2 oz       day 2 wt= 3#  14 1/2 oz      day 3  3# 15 oz.        = 4 oz. gain 

                          4. Doe* birth wt= 3#13 oz.                                                               day 3  4# 4 oz.          = 6 oz.  gain     day 4=4#1 oz

see #4.  Doe?  She may have cranial nerve damage?  she latches poor/suckles with her tongue 3/4 hanging out the left side of her mouth.  I have been placing her dam in milk stand and seeing that doeling gets a pick up of time.  dam is not enjoying the poor latch, and very likely the doeling's latch is poor enough to be less efficient for good feeding.  

San Hess

Heartland Midwifery

www.heartland-midwifery.com

Thanks for this posting Deborah.   I have always been going to weight but didn't.  I just go by look and feel.  Think I will try the first birthing and get actual numbers. 



Sandra Hess said:

Firstfreshner Good attentive mothering Doe 

Quadruplets:  1. Doe  birth wt.= 4#1  oz                                                                 day 3  4# 9 oz          = 8 oz. gain

                          2. Doe birth wt=   3# 11 1/2 oz        day 2 wt= 4# 1 oz.               day 3  4# 8 1/2 oz   = 13 oz gain

                          3. Buck  birth wt=3# 10 1/2 oz       day 2 wt= 3#  14 1/2 oz      day 3  3# 15 oz.        = 4 oz. gain 

                          4. Doe* birth wt= 3#13 oz.                                                               day 3  4# 4 oz.          = 6 oz.  gain     day 4=4#1 oz

see #4.  Doe?  She may have cranial nerve damage?  she latches poor/suckles with her tongue 3/4 hanging out the left side of her mouth.  I have been placing her dam in milk stand and seeing that doeling gets a pick up of time.  dam is not enjoying the poor latch, and very likely the doeling's latch is poor enough to be less efficient for good feeding.  

possibly pre-birth damage?  any way, seems to be palsy of the hypoglossal nerve (cranial nerve XII) -  quite uncommon - and causing  unilateral tongue paralysis.  left side also has a moderately floppy ear. 

San Hess

Heartland Midwifery

www.heartland-midwifery.com

I thought I'd add another example since I've had to keep careful track of a couple sets of kids.  This doe's daughter, a first freshener who is going to be 2 in July, kidded on April 16.  I will add her triplets week one weight gain here as well, once they hit a week old.  It does seem that gaining half of their birth weight by a week is a good, healthy amount.

Ginger, July 25, 2015, triplets

1) doe 2# 7oz. (3# 13oz. at 1 week)

2) buck 4# 2oz. (6# 6oz.)

3) doe 2# 7oz. (4# 4.5oz.)

Ginger's daughter, Johannah, kidded with triplets on Aprol 16.  Tonight they were exactly a week old when we weighed them.

Birth               one week                total gain of

2# 8.7oz.       3# 14.6oz.              1# 7.6oz.

1# 14oz.         3# 2.25oz.              1# 4.25oz.

1# 14.3oz.     3# 8.25oz.              1# 9.95oz.

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