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justanothamotha Due January 20; 130 kids; Climax, Michigan 5120 posts
16th Dec '12
Quoting lil*Mama*Bear
Logan and Noah's Momma 18 kids; North Carolina 982 posts
17th Dec '12

Hi Ladies..Feeling very discouraged, Noah still isn't back at his birth weight and lost 2 ounces from his last visit. I just don't understand why he's not gaining. I have 11 days to get him to gain, feeling alot of pressure to give him formula. It's the last thing i want to do. *Sigh*
So the doctor is recommending feeding him every 2 hrs instead of letting him go to 3hrs. Her "suggestion" is if he hasn't gained any weight come the 28th then we should give him some formula with breast milk in a bottle. I really didn't want to even consider bottles until after we got my supply established, even more so not wanting to supplement at all. I feel so lost and inadequate now. I know he's getting plenty of milk, he swallows a ton and has plenty of diapers a day. This stinks. What am i doing wrong? I feel like a bad mom and have been pretty emotional since we got home from the appt this morning.

Lady Anon Due December 25 (girl); 1 child; Davenport, Iowa 4610 posts
17th Dec '12

Some babies are just small.



IMO if he has enough wet diapers then he is doing well.

Sofie+#2 Due March 10; TTC since Jun 2014; 1 child; Sheffield, So, United Kingdom 7383 posts
17th Dec '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Logan and Noah's Momma :</b>" Hi Ladies..Feeling very discouraged, Noah still isn't back at his birth weight and lost 2 ounces from ... [snip!] ... What am i doing wrong? I feel like a bad mom and have been pretty emotional since we got home from the appt this morning."</blockquote>




How old is he?

Logan and Noah's Momma 18 kids; North Carolina 982 posts
17th Dec '12
Quoting Sofia's Mummy♥:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Logan and Noah's Momma :</b>" Hi Ladies..Feeling very discouraged, ... [snip!] ... a bad mom and have been pretty emotional since we got home from the appt this morning."</blockquote> How old is he?"

He is 16 days old..His starting weight was 11 pounds, 10 ounces..2 days later he was down to 10.7. We went back in 2 days later and he had gained 2 ounces and that put him up to 10.9. They seemed happy with that..Then today he was back down to 10.7.

Logan and Noah's Momma 18 kids; North Carolina 982 posts
17th Dec '12
Quoting Lady Anon:" Some babies are just small. IMO if he has enough wet diapers then he is doing well."

I agree, but sadly my opinion right now doesn't seem to matter.

NopeNotGonnaDOIt 6 kids; Cuba 3000 posts
17th Dec '12
Quoting Rumpelstiltskin:" How much sunlight does an infant need to prevent or help jaundice? Lucia is only a few days old and it's pretty cold out. "


you can use the sun coming in thru the windows. About 10 minutes a day I think?

NopeNotGonnaDOIt 6 kids; Cuba 3000 posts
17th Dec '12
Quoting Rumpelstiltskin:" hahas cool, I'm good then. She doesn't have to be nude does she? Novali got Jaundice whens he was ... [snip!] ... and they told me she needed to be hospitalized. I just read yesterday that BFed babies get jaundice more often. I FF Novali. "


my midwife said the head and hands are good enough for absorption! My dd had jaundice for a few days, she was a nurser but had a slow start... would not stay awake!!

Noah && Libbys Mommy :) 2 kids; Florida 572 posts
17th Dec '12

Hi ladies. My supply started to drop so I picked up some fenugreek. I took two this afternoon and was wondering when I would notice a boost in my supply?

justanothamotha Due January 20; 130 kids; Climax, Michigan 5120 posts
18th Dec '12
Quoting Logan and Noah's Momma :" He is 16 days old..His starting weight was 11 pounds, 10 ounces..2 days later he was down to 10.7. We ... [snip!] ... later and he had gained 2 ounces and that put him up to 10.9. They seemed happy with that..Then today he was back down to 10.7."

I would offer a feed every 2hrs in day & every 3 at night if he isn't gaining well at this point. Breastmilk digests within 2 hrs time, so after 2 hrs his tummy should be empty & he should be receptive to eating & that will up calorie & fat intake & should increase weight gain. It is probably not necessary - but I would certainly do that before relenting to a Dr telling me to supplement. It is actually more typical for a breastfed baby to cue to eat every 2 anyway - so likely he will start to do that soon on his own anyway. Some babies are a little lazier about eating in the first couple of weeks, but they tend to pick up. There is a growth spurt around 3 weeks, so do whatever you can NOT to be supplementing at that time or you'll have a b***h of a time trying to ever catch up after that & get back on track.

Logan and Noah's Momma 18 kids; North Carolina 982 posts
18th Dec '12
Quoting justanothamotha:" I would offer a feed every 2hrs in day & every 3 at night if he isn't gaining well at this point. ... [snip!] ... to be supplementing at that time or you'll have a b***h of a time trying to ever catch up after that & get back on track."

That's what we have decided to do, i'm hoping it plumps him up some!

Sofie+#2 Due March 10; TTC since Jun 2014; 1 child; Sheffield, So, United Kingdom 7383 posts
18th Dec '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Rumpelstiltskin:</b>" Yay me! We didn't supplement last night. Normally around 4 or 5 am Lucia refuses the b**b and screams ... [snip!] ... till we give her a bottle... that didn't happen today, though! Wooo hooo! She ate every hour after 5am though... I'm tired."</blockquote>




Awesome!!
My DD would be awake every hour on the hour at that age, they're growing so fast and need to keep your supply up. It is tiring but it gets soooo much easier :)

justanothamotha Due January 20; 130 kids; Climax, Michigan 5120 posts
18th Dec '12
Quoting Rumpelstiltskin:" Yay me! We didn't supplement last night. Normally around 4 or 5 am Lucia refuses the b**b and screams ... [snip!] ... till we give her a bottle... that didn't happen today, though! Wooo hooo! She ate every hour after 5am though... I'm tired."

YAY! Sorry you are tired momma - once supply catches up she shouldn't wake every hour...i hope!

Love Wedge +2 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Waterloo, Ontario 44310 posts
18th Dec '12

As long as Bub is nursing as much as he wants, I shouldn't have to pump, should I?

Sofie+#2 Due March 10; TTC since Jun 2014; 1 child; Sheffield, So, United Kingdom 7383 posts
18th Dec '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Love Wedge +2:</b>" As long as Bub is nursing as much as he wants, I shouldn't have to pump, should I?"</blockquote>




NO!! Don't waste your time :D unless you're going to go back to work within 6 months and want to build up your freezer stash.