Too Little Weight Gain?

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Too Little Weight Gain?
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Wed, 12-15-2010 - 10:30am

Erin's post got me to thinking...

(x-posted from Working and Pumping)

At Peter's 2 month appt (November 5), he weighed 9lbs 15oz. We took him Monday (December 13) for a fever and he was 10lbs 6oz. So that's only a 7oz gain in 6 weeks. The ped. we saw didn't mention it, but since she's not our regular doc, I don't know if she even looked at it.

She did remark that he was one of the strongest 3 mo/olds she's seen. He can old his head up for 15 minutes at a time with nothing supporting it. He stands with support, "talks," and is working on rolling over. He can get to his side from his back, and sometimes makes it to his stomach. No stomach-->back rolling yet.

He's taking 11-12oz at daycare in 11 hours each day, and then nurses 4-6 times a day as well. He'll typically sleep anywhere from 5-7 hours straight at night (though we co-sleep so he may be nursing and not waking me up some).

So, in a way I'm not worried because he seems to be growing lengthwise fine and is a generally happy and healthy baby. But there's a part of me that thinks something isn't quite right since he's gained so little. That's nowhere close to the .5-1oz a day gain they like to see. We struggled so much in the beginning with nursing/pumping, and I'm really afraid that when we go in for his next well-baby check-up (January 6) that formula will be mentioned. If the doctor says it, DH will insist we do it. I can always go back to the LC the week after Christmas when I'm off work. Is there anything else I can try?

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Mon, 12-27-2010 - 9:13am

We nurse every couple hours at a minimum. He also nurses himself to sleep for naps/bedtime.

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Sun, 12-26-2010 - 8:40pm

Liz--what does he do on the weekends?

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Thu, 12-23-2010 - 9:50am

Jess--

The problem is that they were giving him 13oz, but I only pumped 11oz those days. I need him to eat more in the evenings to keep my supply up, because it tanks if I rely on the pump too much. I literally pump 2 hours a day at work. In a way, I'm encouraging him to reverse cycle, so that more of his feeding is direct from me.

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Wed, 12-22-2010 - 10:15pm

Liz - About the amt. Gabby eats like 20 some oz (some days, and 16oz other days) from 8 to 4:30. I usually end up feeding her once around 5:00 and sometimes 8:30 and then not again until 4:30am. So if Peter is eating 13oz during the day, and then eating when you get him home around 6:45 or so and not until 11, I think you are doing just fine :)


I hope he feels better soon though and that the ear infection goes away soon. poor little one.


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Wed, 12-22-2010 - 3:43pm

Thanks for the reassurance, ladies. I was waiting to update until we got another weight check.

I took DS this morning since he's still sick, and he's got a double ear infection. He hadn't gained anything since last Monday (though he was on a different scale, so I'm not 100% on it). Both the ped. we saw and his nurse said not to worry about it. The dr. told me that he seemed pretty vigorous, so I'm not stressing about it.

The fact that daycare has started feeding him more than I'm pumping, and the fact that he doesn't nurse in the evenings as much, does have me stressing. Seriously--13oz by 3:30, then I bf'ed for 15minutes around 6:45, then nothing until nearly 11 that night...

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Mon, 12-20-2010 - 5:19am
I second everything everyone is saying. Gabby hasn't reached the "double the birth weight by 4 months" but our dic wasn't concerned. I was having the same thoughts you were this past weekend until I realized that she us hitting all the milestones and not fussing after get feedings. She even rolled from her side to tummy thus weekend so rolling over all the way is not far off. I think that if he is meeting those milestones he is fine. How tall is he? Gabby is a bit of a bean pole. She is 25.5 and just under 14lbs. Try to relax and know you are doing a wonderful job.

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Wed, 12-15-2010 - 5:14pm

I wouldn't worry too much Liz. All babies grow at their own rates. James hasn't gained any weight in the last 6 months. I can't say I'm never concerned about this, but I bring it up because he's not breastfed anymore, he's totally on food and whole milk, and he still doesn't gain weight, it has nothing to do with poor supply. When you're breastfeeding it's really easy to blame poor weight gain on the breastmilk amount or production or something, but really some kids just grow at different rates. I was constantly hassled before James was a year being told I didn't produce enough milk and that was the issue, but now that he's eating food and has access to as much food as he wants whenever he wants, and he still doesn't grow very fast, I think he's just not destined to be a very big kid. Developmentally James hits every milestone, and sleepwise he's fine, so even my Ped. is not really concerned about him it's just something we have to keep an eye on.

It sounds like Peter is still gaining, and is hitting his developmental milestones fine, so I really would not worry at all. It drives me nuts that so many dr.'s push to switch to formula when babies grow at a different pace then what they're expecting, formula doens't have any more calories than BM, and just because you can potentially offer more milk when you don't have to produce it, that doesn't mean you're baby is going to want to drink more, or that they'll grow any faster. Jame's weight gain has slowed down significantly since about 6 months. At some point I got frustrated and offered him formula to see if it would make any difference, and it didn't at all, he just wasn't hungry for more milk. Of course all of our weight issues started much later than where you are now, but I really wouldn't worry, it sounds like he's doing fine. If you're worried about supply, I second what everyone else has said about fenugreek or more milk tea, I found those things to be effective in upping my supply. Also make sure you're eating a drinking plenty.

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Wed, 12-15-2010 - 11:48am

Okay Eloise wasn't quite that tiny at those ages, but she was small even then.




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Wed, 12-15-2010 - 11:38am

You know...this reminds me of Maxim's early days when the nurses wanted to see a the .5-1 oz gain a day.

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Wed, 12-15-2010 - 10:49am

7lbs 15oz. At three days, he had dropped to 6lbs 13oz. At one month (October 5), he was 8lbs 8oz.

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