Slow weight gain, supply issues HELP

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Slow weight gain, supply issues HELP
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Tue, 10-13-2009 - 2:03pm

Well i think I now know why my DS has been diffucult to feed, he is hunger.

Carrie

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Tue, 10-13-2009 - 2:29pm

Can you give us some more detail about your current nursing schedule?


What kind of herbs did you start and how much?


Are you on any kind of hormonal BCPs? Any health issues that might affect supply?


Are you doing any kind of pumping between nursing sessions?


Hang in there, sweetie!! This is fixable!!


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Registered: 01-12-2006
Tue, 10-13-2009 - 2:53pm

Please follow up w/ a full weight history and answers to Dana's questions.


My first thought when reading your post, at least about weight gain, is that there may not be a problem.

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Registered: 12-17-2007
Tue, 10-13-2009 - 2:56pm

NAK

You instincts are right solids will lead to slower gain because they have fewer fats and calories than BM. http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/babyfoodcalories.html I do not think you need formula either. IF a supplement is needed, and I am not sure that one is here, then EBM is the preferred supplement.

I am wondering, how much did the ped expect baby to gain in a month?
THe AVERAGE BF baby gains 3-5 ounces per week from 4-6 months. From 6 to 12 months this drops to 2-4 ounces per week. Keep in mind that BF babies grow at a different rate from FF babies. Can you post a complete weight history with dates for us? Also note which weights were on the EXACT same scale. It is important that baby be weighed on the exact same scale as different scales can be off by a pound or more and with a baby even a few ounces can make a difference. KWIM?

How did you determine that baby needs 2.5 ounces after BF? Just because baby takes the EBM, it does not mean baby "needs" the EBM. This is from Kathy the board's LC: "When the bottle goes in the baby's mouth the mouth fills with milk, the baby is obligated to swallow and the action of swallowing initiates another suck. The suck again fills the mouth and the cycle repeats, giving an appearance of the baby "gulping the bottle down hungrily".

How have baby's diapers been? This can tell you that an EBF baby is getting enough between weight checks. We would expect baby to have about 5 wets in 24 hours. http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/enoughmilk-older.html

Many 6 month olds are waking a lot at night- that is NORMAL , this has nothing to do with hunger. From studies of normal infant sleep: "Only 16% slept through the night at six months old -- 84% were not sleeping through the night at 6 months" THere are LOTS of reasons baby would be waking; growth spurt, teething, illness (in baby or mom)or many other things. http://www.kellymom.com/parenting/sleep/sleepstudies.html

Two articles I would encourage you it read "Is my milk supply really low? http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/low-supply.html#supply

and from Dr. Jay Gordon "Look at the Baby Not the Scale" http://drjaygordon.com/development/bf/scales.asp

Lastly, this is from Dr. Jack Newman on increasing baby's weight gain: http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/growth/weight-gain_increase.html#how

Take a look at the info and follow up with questions and we can go from there.



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Tue, 10-13-2009 - 3:46pm

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Tue, 10-13-2009 - 5:13pm

Thank you all for your replies.

Carrie

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Tue, 10-13-2009 - 10:46pm

Ok - so he actually only gained 1 lb in two months, which is definitely lower than the average.