breast fed but not gaining weigt!!!

Alice - posted on 01/31/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My little boy Charlie was born on the 14th JAN.He has managed to make his babyweight up to birth weight but now has sort of stopped gaining weight. The Mid wife told me to wake him every 3 hours during the day and then to top him up with a bottle of expressed milk, which i have done but he wont take to the bottle and if he does he sicks it all back up.If left alone he will sleep for up to 6 hours a time what should i do?!!!

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Beth - posted on 02/09/2010

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meredith and everyone, it would be more to your advantage to make sure YOUR ilk is richer, rather than trying to overfeed an infant whos stomach cannot hold so much , and as far as "toppingoff" with formula, im sorry , but i strongly disagree, and formula supplemented during the milk buildup phase ruins your opportunity to increase your milk supply, i am nursing twins , exclusively, so i know for a fact , that your body can make more milk than you ever thought if only you give it the right stuff, plenty of protein , our twins were born januray 4th , they lost about 7 ounces each while in the hospital , on formula the first week , since then they have been gaining steady, slowly but steady , since i know they are getting plenty of milk , i am not concerned about a slow but steady increase,

PLEASE!!!!!! look on the bottom of the growth chart from the pediatricians, most of the charts and "growth goals" are printed by ROSS, the same company that distributes similac.
you cannot compare formula and breast fed babies, its like trying to compare potatoes to yams.... its not gonna happen , mommies, make sure youre getting about 24 ounces milk daily and rougly 45-60 grams protein, your prenatal multiple will ensure that your milk has all the bioavailable nutrients in it that need to be there
as pp said it takes two weeks for the AVERAGE aby to regain thier birthweight,
lettign baby sleep 5-6 hours is not going to help baby , now i have a little advantage cause ive had kids (the twins are babies6 and 7 ) but i also have each child to compare too , the one would nurse 12 hours a day if allowed to , the other would prefer to sleep , at least 3 hours between meals, guess which one is smaller , even though she was bigger at birth , her brother eats more , so hes bigger

please if you havent allready, head over to kelly mom , its a great supportive nursing site
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/normal/newbor...
heres an article about weight gain in nursing infants

i hope this helps many moms

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Deb - posted on 02/09/2010

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Thanks for all of the information - my daughter was born on 1/7 and did not gain her birth weight back until week three. It makes me feel better to know that others are going through this as well. For those of you breasfeeding, how are you making your milk "richer"?

Karen - posted on 02/09/2010

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It is a blessing to hear that everyone else is struggling with the same issues that we are. Our daughter was born on January 25, 2010. She lost a pound within the first two days. She has begin to start gaining weight again but, is still not up to her birth weight.

Alice - posted on 02/08/2010

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thank you all for your advice.Charlie has started to gain weight quite quickly now.He has got himself on track and is sleeping about 3hs during the day and about 4 at night..His weight gain has shot up and we are still breast feeding only.They think it was because i had a cesar and he was a little too early!!! but thank you all once again.Good luck to you all xoxo

Jenny - posted on 02/07/2010

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I had the same problem. My daughter was not gaining any weight and was very fussy and very lethargic. I did not want to stop breastfeeding. I tried giving her some pumped breastmilk in a bottle after she nursed but she would spit up every time. I started giving her formula at every other feeding and she is now gaining well and is much more alert. We are working our way back to more breastmilk now and going to see what happens. She is currently getting half formula and half breastmilk at every feeding and I'm gradually making that more breastmilk then formula. Hopefully we'll be able to go back to straight breastmilk!

Meridith - posted on 02/06/2010

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I have had the same problem. My son lost too much weight within the first few days and they made me start adding an ounce of formula after each time he nurses before we even left the hospital. He is now almost 3 weeks old and I am having to feed him even more formula on top of nursing because his pediatrician says he is not gaining as much weight as he should. Half of the time he gets too full and spits it back up. This is very frustrating because I still want to breastfeed.

Elisha - posted on 02/02/2010

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You should try supplimenting only one feeding a day with formula; it's a little heavier so it'll help start his weight gain. Also, I would not let him sleep for 6 hours, 3-4 is usually good. :) hope it all works out.

Anna - posted on 01/31/2010

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Kelly is right on the dot about spitting up. A newborn's tummy can only hold about 2-3 oz. of liquid at a time, so adding another bottle on top of that is overkill. And the spit-up is likely not as much milk as you think it is, since it's mixed with saliva and mucous. You might consider attempting different feeding positions as well; I started with the cross-cradle hold and switched to the football hold after I realized that my son just couldn't latch well enough to get the amount of food he needs in the cross-cradle position. Smaller, more frequent feedings might help too, as baby won't become over full and might be able to digest the meal more easily.

Kelly - posted on 01/31/2010

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They usually say that a baby has to get back up to their birth weight by 2 weeks old. Seeing as it has only been a little over 2 weeks that seems pretty normal. If he is spitting up after you give him a bottle but not after you breastfeed that probably means he is full. Babies know when they are full, forcing more on them would make them spit up. Also, try burping your baby more frequently so that a small burp doesn't upset the contents of his stomach. During the day try feeding him every 2 hours. Although sleeping 6 hours is a blessing later, until he is about a month old I have been told they shouldn't go more then 3 hours during the day and 4 hours at night. And lastly...if you are that worried go to the doctor. A mother knows her baby the best. (I wish I could speak from experience but my daughter, born on the first, had regained her birth weight PLUS a pound when she was a week old. lol)

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