Weight gain and supplementing

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jgriffith's picture
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Weight gain and supplementing

Owen was 7lb 15oz at birth and 7lb 4oz at discharge. Today we had our third weight check, and he's still 7lb 4oz. So, I have to supplement. She wants 6oz over a 24 hour period, rechecking weight again on Friday. Ugh, I had hoped to not have to supplement this time.

alwayssmile's picture
Joined: 08/26/07
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Have you done a "nurse in" yet? It's not easy, but it's a great way to boost your supply and to make sure baby is getting all the milk he needs. I wouldn't turn to formula for that little of a weight "issue" (I don't even see it as an issue since nothing else concerning is going on from what you've said). If you received any fluids in the hospital that actually can affect baby's weight at birth. Just stay topless if you can with lots of skin on skin time so Owen can nurse as much as possible. Just being skin to skin should help supply too if that's a worry. I know that would be hard with your other kids, but you can always use a carrier like the moby for skin to skin while keeping you both warm and hands free when not nursing!
((hugs))

jgriffith's picture
Joined: 08/20/10
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He is actually a bit dry as well, and not having the number of BMs he should be, otherwise I wouldn't be as concerned either. So, first priority is hydration and calories. He nurses every 90 min, at least, and every 2.5 hours at night. He is pretty much attached during the day Smile I got out my ring sling today!

Gini_3boys's picture
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I'm just lurking to see all the new babies. I have nursed 3 babies and they never had as many bms as they should have according to the paper I brought home. As for the weight, he probably lost a few more ounces after you were discharged and is now gaining back. Doctors and nurses are so quick to tell mothers to supplement and so many know very little about breastfeeding, it's crazy. I wouldn't supplement just yet as even just a little bit can be really detrimental to your supply. Congrats on your little guy and good luck!

jgriffith's picture
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She was not concerned today about the lack of BMs, since that is a symptom of dehydration. We did discuss post discharge weight loss, but then he should have showed a gain between last friday and wed. But, He was up 5.5oz today, yay! And hasn't had much interest in the supplement the last 24hours. Hopefully that means he is drawing more from me! I may always need to give a little supplement, but hopefully he will get most of his nutrition from BF. I breastfed my other four, so I know the rules :), but it seems that I produce a little less each time.

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