Not eating enough!

Jenni - posted on 11/15/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I've struggled to get my 6 month old to eat enough since she was about 2.5 months old. She was a great nurser until then. For the last 4 months I have been having so much difficulty getting her to eat enough. She only has about 2-3 heavy wet diapers in a 24 hour period but because she is gaining weight sufficiently her doctor doesn't see a problem. My first child was an amazing eater and the problem I had with him was getting him off the breast. With my daughter it's a constant battle to keep her on. The only time she feeds normally is at night.
I started solids about 4 weeks ago and she just started to refuse them yesterday. I tried feeding her more often to boost my supply and it made no difference. She is latching on and off the breast and seems frustrtated with it. When let down occurs it lasts about 2-3 minutes and then she pulls away.
I'm thinking it's teething but would it really be causing her to refuse the breast for nearly 4 months??? I wouldn't see a problem with the short feeds except she's not having enough HWDs.

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Carolyn - posted on 11/15/2010

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she could just be an effecient nurser. i think its important to remember that each baby is different. I know its hard not to compare one child to another, but so long as she is gaining, seems satisfied, and is wetting her diapers it sounds like she is getting enough !

the other thing i would like to add, is your daughter is in that overnight diaper for a looooooong time ( im assuming she is sleeping most of the night since you are calling it an overnight diaper :) so naturally it would be much wetter, because she is peeing a little bit over a long period of time so its accumulating and ends up a big, heavy buldgy mess ! she is more than likely getting changed more often during the day ( atleast i hope so ! ) so its not accumulating over such a long period of time.

i know my son, who has peed on me numerous times, doesnt pee a whole lot at once. sometimes he will be 3 times in ten minutes , but they are small ones :)

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I agree with the other ladies. She sounds fine. She's definitely not going to have a diaper as full as her night time one during the day.

Amy - posted on 11/15/2010

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My daughter at 3 months was sleeping through the night and some mornings I would go and change her and she would be dry! I talked to the doctor about it and he wasn't concerned because she was gaining weight and was in the 90th percentile for weight. If your little one is content inbetween feedings than she's probably getting enough at each feeding. Your little one will let you know if she's not getting enough!

Brittany - posted on 11/15/2010

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i agree that she may just be very efficient. my son is now 5 months old and went from taking 30 minutes to eat to now only 10 and is completely fine. as long as you are feeling empty after each feed and she is showing signs of contentment and weightr gain then things are going great! i find that after the 10 minutes or so my son kind of plays with my nipple if i leave it there for him thinking he shouldnt be done so soon or he fusses because i am basically forcing him to continue. at night he does take much longer but i think thats either because he is lazily eating or dream eating. it seems that the night feeds are appropriate but it is what it is and i guess comes with their age.
hope this helped! (and excuse my babble. ive been up for way too long today! lol)

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Perhaps you have a very strong letdown? It would be a good idea to contact a lactation consultant. Make sure she is properly certified - International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), not just a nurse who knows a bit about breastfeeding.

Jenni - posted on 11/15/2010

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Yeah they are wet through out the day. She does go a little. I maybe my idea of "heavy wet" is different. I consider her overnight diaper to be "heavy wet". the rest of the time they are barely wet but enough that I can tell they are wet. When disposables are dry they make sorta a crinkly sounds.
It does seem like after most feeds she is relatively content and doesn't seem hungry until her next feed (approx 3-4 hours). It's really hard for me to believe she's getting enough when she lasts 5 mins each side and my son would rarely ever come off the breast on his own.

Carolyn - posted on 11/15/2010

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the thing with disposable diapers these days is that they are so absorbant it can be hard to tell if your child has peed, unless its sopping ! they are very good at pulling urine deep into the diaper and hiding some of the wetness. i bet you might be checkin her diaper and not noticing some of the wetness. i know its like that with my son sometimes. if your really not sure and can either borrow or by a few clothes/ reusable diapers, i heard they are easier to tell with if there are smaller amounts of urine. it might reassure that she is passing more urine than disposable diapers let on.

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Are you only counting heavy wet diapers? Does she have other wet diapers during the day that you're not counting?

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