Shocked to know baby underweight! Help

Sonymom - posted on 03/09/2015 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi. I'm a stay at home mom. My baby is 4 months old. Last month the doctor told me to supplement him as he was in the 0.5 percentile for his weight. He told me to give the bottle though the baby does not ask for it. He suggested to bf for 35 min max and then supplement. The lactation consultant told me to let him stay ss much as my baby wanted and feed him every 3 hours even in the night. I was forced to give him formula. After a month now, he is in the 10 percentile. The doctor now told me to restrict bf to 25 min max and then supplement. He said the baby must be tired after sucking a lot (45 min) so won't ask for more milk even though he is hungry. I still want to restrict formula. I try to give him as much expressed milk as possible. Have any of you been in a similar situation? What are your thoughts? Please share.

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Sonymom - posted on 03/10/2015

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He was 7.76 when he was born. Then his weight dropped which happens but when he gained he was in the 9.5 percentile. We visited the pediatrician in a week and then in 10 days. I thought bf was enough as my baby didn't seem hungry and played too. The doc says he must be tired after sucking for long so give him a bottle which he took gladly. But he does not know when to stop. I was going by his cues but now I'm not confident as it failed me. I don't know if he wants more and if I give him a bottle after bf, I dibt know how much is more as nhe wont say no. My breastmilk has increased but not v much. If I only do 25 min as the doc suggested won't my supply drop? How much and how many times should I feed my baby? How to maintain supply as I pump after bf him? At times he wants bottle and won't bf so how to get him to do that? I know I'm asking a lot but I don't have anyone who can guide me. Any advice would be helpful.

Jodi - posted on 03/09/2015

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There is nothing wrong with a child in the 10th percentile. Someone's child has to be there. My daughter was between the 3rd and 10th percentile for the first 6 months of her life!!

My question would be, what percentile was your baby when he was born? What was his birth weight? Has he always been low weight? Or has his weight been dropping.

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