My Daughter was born the 11th of April, and weighed 7 lbs 4 oz.. She got all the way down to 6 lbs 8 oz in the hospital and now is back up to 6'12 but my dr still thinks that shes not gaining enough weight.. Are there ways that i can bulk up my milk, baby is pooping and peeing like she needs to but just doesn't seem to be gaining her weight she needs... My dr wants to see her back on Tuesday and she wants 4 oz weight gain by then or more or she is talking about having me supplement with her and i really don't feel like i need to.. I mean i think if she really was suffering she would be crying, but she isn't. Any ideas?? Thanks
I hope you see the weight gain. In the NICU they could add calories to pumped milk or formula if necessary.
Both my girls started on bottles because of nursing issues. One was on formula /BM and the other just pumped milk. I BF them both until they stopped around a year. I was terrified with my first that I wouldn't BF once I started the formula.
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If she is nursing often, not fussy, not overly sleepy, then I would not worry.
Here are some things you can do to help:
Offer the breast often to encourage her to nurse more and for you to produce more milk.
Be sure she completely finishes on one side as the milk that comes after the first few minutes is more nutrient dense before switching sides.
Nurse her just before she gets weighed next visit, that for sure will add a few ounces!
she is nursing often, not fussy, alert awake alot but seems content most of the time. I thought i was doing fine being that she had gained 4 oz since she lost the 12.. She was my biggest baby born 7'4, my oldest son was a 6'12
how often is nursing often? Is she having trouble latching?
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