Can someone tell me how to get my two week olds weight up?

Courtney - posted on 09/04/2012 ( 19 moms have responded )

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Went to my two week old sons doctors apt today and was told that my son is not back to his birth weight. And that his body is eating his fat. I'm not sure if I should be scared or not. Any suggestions on getting his weight up??

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Shaquana - posted on 09/07/2012

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take your son to another doctor and get a second opinion... .I would be afraid of the doctor. Being that he didn't give or make any suggestions.

Dove - posted on 09/05/2012

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Was he hooked up to the iv fluids until right when you left the hospital? That could explain some of the weight loss.



Where is he sleeping that you can not hear him cry? If he's in another room I'd either move him into your room or get a baby monitor (or turn the volume up if you already have one). Setting your alarm for every 2 hours is a good idea. Go ahead and feed him if he wants to nurse in between, but if he doesn't... at least he'll be nursing 12 times in 24 hours. :)



Make sure you are getting enough to eat and drink as well. You need about 500 calories more per day than you would need if you weren't breastfeeding.



Has the doctor scheduled another weigh in? Stick to your 2 hour feeding plan and try not to worry yet.

Lori - posted on 09/04/2012

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How much did he loose to start? Many times, when a Mom is given IV fluid during labour the baby absorbs some of that fluid. Then seems to loose more than what a Dr. is "comfortable" with. And it also can then take more than two weeks to get back to birth weight. So What was his birth weight? His lowest weight? And his current weight?



Fluffy Bunnies is right that you should let him nurse as often as he wants. How is his latch? Do you hear swallowing and or gulping when he nurses? A breastfed baby will NOT over eat. A bottle fed baby can overeat. So offer the breast often, not less than every 3 hours. And if he really isn't gaining weight, you should nurse every 2 hours... or more frequently.



Does he vomit? Have reflux? How many wet and poopy diapers are you getting in 24 hours?



If he's getting enough wet and poo diapers, and has gained weight from his lowest weight he's probably just fine. If he's not gaining from his lowest weight, or you aren't getting enough diapers then you'll need to adjust what you're doing.

Melissa - posted on 09/06/2012

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First realize that many if not most peds. don't know much about breastfeeding. Some take a little bit longer to get back to their birth weight. Locate a lactation consultant to help your baby with a deeper latch so he is transferring milk more efficiently. I am a consultant in the Irvine area of southern CA if you are close enough I am willing to help.

Lori - posted on 09/05/2012

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Did you pump during that first 5 days when he wasn't able to nurse? If not, that could be part of your stumbling block here. Otherwise, I'd say I agree with setting your alarm so that you make sure to wake up and feed him. And you're right, the IV fluids certainly could have something to do with the weight loss, but the fact that he's lost more weight by his 2 week check up isn't encouraging. Even if he hadn't gained all the weight lost back that's fine, but to keep loosing weight... hmmm.



How many wet diapers does he have each day? 6 or more? If so that's a good sign that he's getting enough.



And you're home scale. Is it digital? Does it weigh to the tenth of a pound? Is it accurate in general? If so, maybe he has gained some weight. But a regular home scale is not reliable for counting ounces gained or not gained in a newborn.



Try snacking throughout the day. Don't worry about big meals. And keep up your fluid intake. You need to stay hydrated to be able to keep making milk.

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Cassidy - posted on 09/26/2012

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Try just ibuprofen for a night. I had 3a cesarean births and mainly used ibuprofen after.

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Hi Courtney. congratulations on the baby first! :-D what an exciting time...on your question, what type of charts is your doctor using? ask, and if he is using formula feeding charts, he needs to use the WHO approved breastfeeding charts as they are different. my daughter didn't double her birth weight till she was nearly six months and they used formula charts which were scaring me to death. But when we finally used breastfeeding charts, she was about average for a breastfeeding baby.

my other suggestion is, if you aren't and it's possible, feed on demand as much as possible. get your favourite box set, water, snacks, remote control, your favourite box set, plonk yourself on the sofa with the baby and just feed and sleep. and relax, put your shoulders down consciously at the start of each feed, deep breaths and this really helps to get the letdown reflex kick in. you haven't said much about the baby and this may be helpful...is he/she a sleepy baby, a guzzler or other, as this may also help in giving advice.



and remember, your supply and demand will still be building till the baby is six weeks so don't worry about having too little milk and him starving or anything, t will level out. this is just the time when your body and the baby are still adjusting and the more the baby feeds, the more your body will realise it needs to make more milk, and it will. best of luck! we started out the same and are still feeding and thriving 21 months later so it can be overcome.

great resource on breastfeeding is www.kellymom.com

User - posted on 09/17/2012

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Practice skin to skin. Go to a quiet room, go topless, get your baby down to his diapers to keep him warm and awake enough for a long nursing session. Maintain your milk supply by investing in a good pump, manual ones work just great too. Co-sleep with your baby and stop blaming yourself. No one is born a great mommy, we all learn from our mistakes as we go along and our babies are our best teachers. So take heart and most importantly DO NOT GIVE UP. Change your baby's paeditrician. Choose someone who will not only diagnose the problem but give remedies for them as well. Register in La Leche and follow their instructions and advice to the letter. You will not go wrong and your baby will grow beautifully. Trust me.

Margarita - posted on 09/17/2012

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How does he look after each feeding? Does he still cry or try to root? Does he cry in the middle of a feeding and pull away? It's possible he's simply not getting enough. Try pumping after each feeding (when you have the energy) to boost your supply. You can also try feeding him that if he ever looks like he's still hungry after a feeding. If you're concerned about nipple confusion (especially at this age) you can cup or syringe feed. I prefer the syringe myself as it's easier to control, but some people prefer the cup, it's entirely up to you. If it's not enough, you may need to add a little formula. I wouldn't add too much as you don't want him too full to nurse, just a couple of ccs after a nursing, maybe squirting a little on the breast so he feels he's getting something. I had to supplement my munchkin at birth and for a couple of weeks thereafter because her bilirubin count was too high and she was definitely still hungry after full nursings. I just fed her on demand, pumped whenever possible afterwards, and supplemented with a tiny bit if she was still hungry after some feedings. I don't think I feed her more than 8 oz total in the first month, just enough to supplement.



How long are you on Vicoden? It's possible it might be making baby groggy as well and that's why he's not eating as much. Then again, the fact that you're not eating as much may be lowering your production. It's probably temporary, but perhaps the docs can suggest a different med or a different dosage if that seems to be the problem as baby's growth is so important at this stage of the game. In the meantime, make sure you snack every time you nurse (safest way to insure you eat). Some nuts and/or fruits (fresh or dry), maybe some whole milk and full fat yogurt and/or cheese, and lots of water. Also, try to get some rest (I know, easier said than done) as stress and sleep deprivation will certainly decrease milk production, not to mention make you feel lousy. I would definitely echo the advice of seeking a lactation consultant to insure you are producing enough and that baby is latching properly. I know some are quite militant, but most are very helpful and understanding and eager to help you achieve what's best for your baby, whatever that may be.



Good luck, and remember, this too shall pass.

Billie - posted on 09/12/2012

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are u breast feeding or formula? my son had the same problem i breastfed for the first three months but began having trouble with my milk supply then had to put him on formula, an he was underweight at 2% tile i tried feeding him more often, but he just did not to seem to gain the weight that the doctors wanted him to. we actually started him on baby foods a little earlier he height was in the low precentile too but i did the ceral in his formula an even began using applesauces or fruits from the baby foods at 2 months not all the time just a little extra he just turned 2 in july! an right on target now!! are u on wic(if not u should try to get on it the health department will get u started in ur area. an they have great advice on what u might be able to add in the forumla or ur breast milk to help gain his weight up such as ceral i also think there is a cream u can add an the great thing is going to the check ups for ur child at the health department is free!! good luck an try not to stress to bad an dont let the doctors scare u i had went to several an they all had different opions.

Billie - posted on 09/12/2012

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are u breast feeding or formula? my son had the same problem i breastfed for the first three months but began having trouble with my milk supply then had to put him on formula, an he was underweight at 2% tile i tried feeding him more often, but he just did not to seem to gain the weight that the doctors wanted him to. we actually started him on baby foods a little earlier he height was in the low precentile too but i did the ceral in his formula an even began using applesauces or fruits from the baby foods at 2 months not all the time just a little extra he just turned 2 in july! an right on target now!! are u on wic(if not u should try to get on it the health department will get u started in ur area. an they have great advice on what u might be able to add in the forumla or ur breast milk to help gain his weight up such as ceral i also think there is a cream u can add an the great thing is going to the check ups for ur child at the health department is free!! good luck an try not to stress to bad an dont let the doctors scare u i had went to several an they all had different opions.

Poonam - posted on 09/11/2012

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Ya same case is with my bub also, even he is reducing his wt day by day, but after doc recomendation i start expressing 20 - 30 mls my breast milk and feeding him with this extra milk after breastfeeding him after every feed.then i reduced to 4 times a day and after 2 weeks ii reduced to twice a day and now he is completely on breastfeed and gaining weight also.

Mary - posted on 09/07/2012

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My son was also on IVs for the first 3 days because of some colpications.. but I realized that when he would eat he wouldn't all that much but he would eat more frequently.. can you breastfeed on demand.. if so than that would be best.. what about his diapies? Does he wet enoguh and dirty enough a day?

Courtney - posted on 09/05/2012

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Vicoden. Yes he has a bassine/playpen on the side of my bed. Thank you :)

Dove - posted on 09/05/2012

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What medicine? Did you check to make sure it's safe for breastfeeding (I assume so, but want to double check)? He's in his own bed/co-sleeper in your room, right? I'm totally not against co-sleeping, but if you are on medication that makes you THAT drowsy... having him in your bed is not safe.



Again... I'm sure you've already got all that figured out, but I just want to make sure in case.



Good luck for the 11th!!!

Courtney - posted on 09/05/2012

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He actuallyn sleeps in my room but the medicine I take makes me really sleepy. He was hooked up to the IV's till the day before. I think I gotta eat more cause for some reason I just havent really been all that hungery. The doctor made another appointment for the 11th to check his weight agian. Hopefully it goes up more.

Courtney - posted on 09/05/2012

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When he was born he weighed 6 pounds & 15.9 ounces but he also had fluids in his lungs so he was hooked up to IV fluids and I couldn't breast feed till almost 5 days later ( day we left ) He weighed 6 pounds and 10 ounces.when he got weighed again before we got to leave. At his two week appointment he weighed 6 pounds and 1 ounces. & his skin is loose & wrinkly. I think I know why he lost weight, sometimes at night I would not wake up when he cried for food. I feel really bad cause sometimes I would not realize how long of a time passed by. Well yesterday I put alarms in my phone for every two hours and weighed myself today & i weighted 160 then I picked up my son & weighted myself again & it read 167 so does that mean he gained weight back????



Sorry for the rambling. Just feels to good to get this stuff off my chest. I really do want whats best for my son

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How often do you offer the breast? Do you time how long he nurses on each side? Does your local hospital have an IBCLC that you can call? If not, call your closest La Leche League Leader (find one here: http://www.llli.org).



Offer the breast frequently. Don't use pacifiers. Let him nurse as often as he wants. Make sure that he thoroughly empties the first breast before switching sides. Don't time how long he nurses. Just let him go until he falls asleeps or pulls off. If you can easily squeeze milk out of the breast he was nursing on then put him back on that side. If you can't easily squeeze milk out then offer the other breast. Good luck and contact a breastfeeding professional to help you!

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