Reason for the undue worry over not knowing how much your baby is getting with BF'ing

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Reason for the undue worry over not knowing how much your baby is getting with BF'ing
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Thu, 02-10-2011 - 10:08am

Recently I was reading some BF support board posts where a couple of mothers where supplementing via bottle and they mentioned that their DH's were happier with the this approach to feeding as they felt more comfortable knowing just how much the baby was getting. I have also heard others in the past

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2010 Siggy
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I wonder if it is part of an overall way society deals with things. Are we just too accustomed to having so many things measured without even thinking about why? Are we medicalised (is that a word) and not understanding what is behind it?

eg when I had my babies, I remember having to write down start times and end times for feeds on the chart, nappy (diaper) changes etc. No-one said anything about wet diapers being a good indicator of supply. I just felt I was at the time to be doing all this monitoring for monitoring sake. Does this still happen? Or is it carefully explained to new mothers that output is an indicator of input, and what is the expected out put.

They also wanted to do a test weigh with my daughter, when I was in the hospital. Didn't happen, as they didn't tell me it was important to not change her in that time period, and I had changed a wet diaper, so the test weigh would have been wrong.

This, linked with the whole lot of stories people tell about not having enough milk, would tend to make some mothers think they had to measure, to see.

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Registered: 05-02-2006
teresagem wrote:

eg when I had my babies, I remember having to write down start times and end times for feeds on the chart, nappy (diaper) changes etc. No-one said anything about wet diapers being a good indicator of supply. I just felt I was at the time to be doing all this monitoring for monitoring sake. Does this still happen? Or is it carefully explained to new mothers that output is an indicator of input, and what is the expected out put.

When I had my first just over 6 years ago they were still emphasizing charting the feeds and the diapers (ie. how many wet, how many poopy) - nothing about weighing the diapers.

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After #1 I kept a detailed list of when she ate, how long, which side, when I pumped, and how much, when she peed and when she pooped. I watched the clock waaaay too much. A year or two later I found my notebook and laughed at myself ;)

After #2 I had a little booklet from the hospital. I circled any hour in which she ate, but didn't note the exact time or duration or side. I circled a W for each wet dipe and a P for each poopy dipe, and each day had the range of expected numbers for each. So I was still keeping track (foggy postpartum brain can't keep it all straight w/o a chart!) but in a much looser and easier way. I could have quit when she turned the corner with her weight, but I think I did it for the duration of the booket (12 or 14 days). There were all sorts of BFing tips, too, in the booklet, and I think they were pretty good. I liked the booklet a lot.

 


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I always viewed the keeping of a detailed log of BF times and lengths and such a pointless unless there was a problem with the baby's weight gain where insuring the baby was eating frequently enough was important. I never bothered with such a log as there was no reason in my case to be worried about my DS's feeding frequency or how much milk I was producing. I could see such a log being useful if their was a weight gain issue but otherwise it seems more of something pushed by medical professionals overly worried about the mother not BF'ing frequently enough or making enough milk. I've also heard of mothers who are very obsessive-compulsive becoming obsessed with keeping a nursing log and with misguided notions of feeding on a schedule who later realize

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Registered: 06-10-2008
Nope, I was never instructed to keep a log and really, it never occured to me.
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I was told to keep a log but I didnt...it just didnt make sense at all and seemed like one more thing to add to the work and stress of a newborn baby. They told me to clock watch and that just didnt work, obviously. I didnt want to clock watch or log dirty diapers, I just didnt care that much. I was too busy trying to fix his latch at every feed and get some sleep. I kept a mental idea of wets and dirties for about 2 weeks just to be sure he was getting enough but I never wrote it down. I looked at my baby to know everything was going ok.

When babe would get hungry after just an hour or two (normal), then everybody that was around would tell me "well thats the thing with BFing, you just never know how much they are getting." I didnt need to know amounts if my baby acted, looked and gained in a healthy manner.

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Erm...I wrote a post that makes me sound like a person who should really be in a straitjacket for all her OCD/anxiety woes...so I'm just going to pretend I didn't. Carry on... ;)

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