Kathryn - posted on 08/19/2011 ( 17 moms have responded )
I feel so embarased...
I'll admit I don't know everything there is about breast feeding. But not feeding my son enough? I would a little embarassed.
A little history.
My son has always been on the smaller scale of things. He was born 6 lb 7 oz, 3 weeks early. He has been exclusivly breastfed from birth, both my choice and that he won't take bottles. At 6 months I started him on solid foods. He is now 8 months eating 3 stage 2 jars of baby food and 1/4 cup rice cereal, plus a couple of handfuls of those baby puffs a day Every time I feed him I always let him unlatch and let me know when he is done, if he is stilll fussy I will nurse him on the other side.
He nurses once at 6 (25 min I do 1 side and he waits until afetr a 2nd let down).
Again when he wakes up (20 min the other side).
In about 2-3 hrs after that he would normally get the rice cereal and fruit but if I am out I will feed him (both sides 10 minutes on each). Then normally around 1-2 I feed him again (15- 20 min one side). Around 5 I feed him the veggies/fruit (I sometimes nurse him one side for 10 min if he still seems hungry).
Then before bed I nurse him (both sides 10 min each)
He will sleep until 6 the next morning.
The issue that we are having right now is that he is now 15 lbs and 10 oz now 8 months old and he has only gained 10 oz in the past 4 months. The doctor is only at the begining stages of finding out what is wrong with him. I am going in with him today to weigh him before and after to see actually how much he is taking in. I would just be so embarassed if I wasn't feeding my son enough.
Any hints, suggestions, experiences in such?
We went in today to get him checked out again. I have been exclusively nursing him for the last 2 weeks, no baby food. He still isn't really growing. I have told the doctor about a gluten allergy that runs in our family. She said he is too young to find out if that is what it is but it falls into character. Next appointment is at his 9 month check up in two weeks.