Low weight gain from 4m to 6m. Help!
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|Sun, 04-18-2010 - 8:56pm|
I took my DS for his 6m appt and he had only gained 3oz in 2 months. He grew 1" and his head circ remained the same. I have been exclusively BFing until the day he hit 6m, when I introduced rice cereal 1x/day (with 1oz of BM and however much cereal made the right consistency). His ped didn't seem too concerned, but wanted me to start feeding him fruits/veggies asap twice per day and cereal twice per day. He gave me a sample schedule that was something like:
Breakfast: toast (what??), cereal, breast
Lunch: 2oz fruit, 2oz veggie, breast
Snack: banana (what??), breast
Dinner: 2oz fruit, 2oz veggie, breast
Snack: cereal, breast
There is more than one problem with that schedule IMO...my baby can't eat toast or a whole banana, and for someone who has been eating a tiny bit of rice cereal for 4 days (at that time), eating 2 servings of cereal plus 8oz of fruits/veggies just seems like way too much.
I have been doing it in a way that seems to be working for us. I feed him rice cereal and 2oz veggies for "lunch" and oatmeal cereal and 2oz fruit for "dinner." He loves his food and still maintains interest in the breast, but I feel like my supply is suffering. I usually pump around 4 hours after he goes to bed, and instead of getting 3.5oz (4 if I'm lucky) I get 2.5oz. This is the same thing that happens when I pump at work in place of a feeding. It has really been worrying me a lot.
What should I do? Part of me thinks he shouldn't be getting so much solids, but another part of me believes he can eat all that food AND still nurse as much as he used to. I think I really need to get to the bottom of WHY he wasn't gaining in the first place.
He started STTN about a month ago, started sitting unassisted about 2 weeks ago, and has started rolling all over the place about a week ago. I know these things could all be factors, but I don't know if my supply is still adjusting to the changes or if I need to be doing something to increase it.