Hayley - posted on 09/23/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )
I hope its ok that I've joined this group.
My son is now 21 weeks old, he was delivered at 33 weeks by c-section after I was admitted to hospital at 32 weeks because an ultrasound showed that his stomach growth had slowed. The monitored us until the day before he was delivered when the call was made that he'd have to come.
He was in Special Care for 4 weeks, and we managed to get his birth weight up from 4lb1oz to 4lb10, but in order to do that they started putting a fortifying powder into my expressed milk. They didn't send us home with any, and for awhile his growth seemed to be ok, although he dropped a bit on the weight charts.
At 12 weeks (actual) I was exhausted and we had a week or so of him having a formula feed at night, but it made him badly constipated, one time he went 6 days with no movement, then the next time it got to 8 days and I stopped the formula, it took him another 4 days to go (plenty of wet nappies though) the health visitor wasn't worried and neither was the doctor.
Without getting his red book out and double checking his weights I can't really give a proper timescale, but about 6/7 weeks ago Henry weighed 9lb6oz on the health vistors scales, it was then about 3 weeks until he was weighed again but this time was at the weigh in clinic, and he came up as being 8lb11oz, I looked shocked, so the health visitor went and got her scales, and he came up at 9lb4oz on them (so even going off of the two weights on the same scales he'd dropped) I've concluded that the health visitors scales are slightly out because a few other scales since have given us a lower weight.
Anyway I'm rambling..,. In the last few weeks we've had Henry weighed weekly. He went from 8lb11 - 8lb13 - 8lb15.5 - 9lb
The 9lb is this weeks weight. That gain is with a bottle of Aptimil Comfort formula as well as 2/3 hour breastfeeds normally lasting about 45mins.
The 8lb15.5 weight was last week at the hospital, because I am now concerned about his lack of gain, and the loss that he had, combined with this ongoing constipation. The consultant told us to start giving him a bit of baby rice with 10mls of milk twice a day. Which he loves, but right as we'd managed to get him to poo maybe once every 3/4 days its now been 8 days since he last went and nothing I do seems to be helping.
Is any of this familiar to anyone?
We're back at the hospital on the 4th October for a follow up with the consultant, but I just feel like something isn't right. Up until we did the formula at 12 weeks he was putting on 4/5oz a week, then all of a sudden its like something has switched and thats it really slowed weight gain.
Is there anything I should be asking for? Any advice you can give is appreciated.
Once again I hope its ok that I posted in here, just you girls seem to possibly have the knowledge of what I should be asking.
Thank you for reading, sorry its so long and a bit muddled!