Meagan- How is it going now? I don't know if this applies at all, but, one of my best friends told me that her daughter was always "underweight", but at exactly the right height, on growth charts because most growth charts are based on formula fed babies, who gain weight much faster than BFed babies. 5oz sounds like plenty of weight to me too! I don't know, I ignored my pedi's advice to supplement with formula when Beni was jaundiced because 1) it didn't feel right to me to do that, 2) my LC and doula supported my decision and 3) my doula pointed out (as in, showed me the official statement) that even the AAP does not recommend supplementing with formula unless the baby has an extreme case of jaundice. She kind of tongue in cheek told me that I should ask my pedi why she was recommending something that her professional organization does not. (Beni's case was hardly extreme.) So, I don't know...sometimes, I certainly think it's worth going with your gut. I'm really not a doctor-hater, but, the body of knowledge of medicine and general health is SO BIG- it's not possible for one person to know everything, to remember everything, etc. So... anyway...
Mara & Joel, 2009
Cazza, everything I have heard and read says that a first time mom who is committed to breast feeding should commit to 12 weeks- because that is often how long it can take to really get everything established and into a groove. I do think that often we give up too quickly. I'm not saying you should torture yourself, but, the benefits of breastmilk are just SO, SO, SO BIG- it might be worth it to put yourself through some hardship for your baby. But certainly, don't just suffer- get yerself some help!
Mara & Joel, 2009
1) I finally got him to where he was nursing well without the shield. I felt like if I started offering him a bottle with each feeding, he'd get lazy with the breast again and we'd be right back where we started. I wanted him to keep working to get milk from the breast and not work against ourselves.
2) Like the nurse said, he was gaining weight. She said she would be concerned if wasn't gaining or was losing, but he was OK in that respect. She thought he was just getting used to only breastfeeding, and will turn a corner soon. I think he did this weekend (no bottles, plenty and plenty of poop though!).
3) The other doc said he should only be nursing for 10 minutes? That makes NO sense to me. Breastfed babies are supposed to eat for about 10 minutes per side, not 10 minutes total. He said if Matthias was nursing for 25-30 minutes that he was taking too long and just using me is a pacifier. I'm sorry but that just isn't true, and the nurse agreed with me.
So yeah, I didn't listen, and I'm not one to go against doctor's orders. He gets weighed again today so I'll let you know if I was right or just foolish!
Meagan - Im in to same boat you are. Although we havent seen the Dr. since he was 2 weeks old, I know hes not gaining weight as fast as he was in the NICU. Im a little concerned because he spits up ALOT, seems like 1/2 his feeding, but hes not loosing weight, just not gaining fast. Im curious to see what the Dr. says at his 2 month check up. Im not sure about you but I feel this extreme pressure for him to gain weight. Maybe its because he was a preemie and the whole NICU thing?!?
Michelle & Matt ~ 5/20/06
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Presley Tatum ~ 3/3/08 @ 38 weeks
Deegan Christopher ~ 4/7/10 @ 35 weeks
Meagan, good for you! I'm glad you went with your gut and I hope his weigh-in is great. I'm with Mara in that I think the whole growth-chart stuff is way thrown off by formula fed babies. They measure their "ins and outs" in a NICU, too, so it is a more accurate weigh gain assessment than when you just bring them in. I'm sure his weight fluctuates throughout the day according to his digestion pattern.
Cazza~ I bf my daughter for 4 1/2 months. This time it's been a nightmare. He didn't latch for a long time and when he finally did it hurt like noones business. I went to the ped, my chiro, and two lc's trying to get him to bf. It became an obssession. My dh and family were supportive, but worried. I cried over it a couple times a
day. Finally I made the decision to pump. It's not what i wanted, but I was making myself crazy. I was stressing out my dd and dh as well as Ben. Pumping isn't fun, but bf sessions were taking 1 1/2 hrs because he wouldn't wake up. I can pump, feed him, and be back in bed much more quickly.
I am having supply issues because Ben was such a poor eater. I'm taking fenugreek to help and pumping every 3 hrs.
Atleast he's getting my bm and all the benefits with it. If you wanna chat/need support pm me!