Switching to EPing

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Registered: 10-06-2010
Switching to EPing
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Fri, 03-09-2012 - 8:29am

Sorry I've been a little MIA lately, I've been trying to read the posts, just haven't had much time to respond.....crazy thing called life ;)

Anyway, DD's 9 month appointment was on Monday and it didn't go so well in the growth department :(

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Fri, 03-09-2012 - 12:10pm

Ugh!

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Registered: 11-29-2005
Fri, 03-09-2012 - 7:05pm
On the iPad, so this won't be long ... But DITTO ahktarsa ... You should be sure that your pedi is using the newer WHO charts. If you want, I can plot data on the WHO charts if you get me all the numbers (post here or PM me).

It is REALLY normal for growth to slow down - or even stall - especially as babies get moving. Unless you are being really aggressive with solids, it would be unusual for your supply to just drop for no reason. I'm actually more worried that switching to EP will create a supply issue than I am about your current supply. It would be a shame if your supply suffered from an intervention if there isn't a current problem.

Plus, numbers aren't the whole story ... Is DD otherwise healthy and thriving? Meeting developmental milestones? If so, there's less to worry about.

Before committing to EPing right now, I would encourage you to consult with a Lactation Consultant. I think you're more likely get a BF-friendly assessment from an IBCLC.

20-24 oz plus solids sounds fine.

Let me know if you want me to plot growth for you. I have 2 "bottom of the charts" girls, so I know how it feels to be there.

 


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Registered: 10-06-2010
Mon, 03-12-2012 - 1:19pm
Thanks ladies! I'm definitely starting to wonder if the doctor is using the right chart based on all the info I've been getting here and on the bfing board.

Here's dd's weight history:
Birth - 7lbs 5oz
Discharge - 6lbs 13oz
5day - 7lbs 5.5oz
1month - 8lbs 15oz
2month - 10lbs 7oz
4month - 12lbs 7oz
6month - 14lbs 2oz
9month - 15lbs 2oz

She is very alert/active, happy and meeting milestones appropriately. That's why I'm confused at the doctor's concern. Dd is definitely small, but not skeletal - you can't see her ribs or anything, but she's not pudgy.

I understand the concern about my supply, but pumping makes my dh more comfortable. All he sees is our small daughter and all he hears is the doctor's concerns. It doesn't matter what I tell him about my research. For now he likes this route. And she actually gained 6oz this past week with me pumping full time so now he's convinced she wasn't getting enough from me. As long as I don't lose my supply I think I'll try this until at least our check-up in April, especially of its helping her?!?!

I will bring up the who chart with the doctore though. And I think the fenugreek is starting to help my volumes as I'm actually keeping up with her the past two days.

Thanks for all the support and advice.
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Registered: 11-29-2005
Mon, 03-12-2012 - 8:37pm
I will plot these for you tomoorow, or you can plot them yourself using the charts at http://www.cdc.gov/growthcharts/data/who/grchrt_girls_24lw_9210.pdf

I'm glad she's gaining :)

 


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Registered: 10-06-2010
Wed, 03-14-2012 - 3:29pm
I'll print and plot. Thanks for the information!!
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Registered: 10-06-2010
Tue, 04-03-2012 - 1:46pm

DD had her follow-up appointment yesterday and she gained 1lb and grew 1/2 inch in the past 4 weeks!

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Registered: 11-29-2005
Tue, 04-03-2012 - 6:46pm
Wow, that's great!! I'm glad she's gaining. And your supply boost is fantastic!!

 


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