Please help my baby girl is 11 months and only weighs 13 pounds What Can I DO!!!!!

Nicole - posted on 08/17/2014 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Please help!!! I have a baby girl she is 11 months about to be 1 on Sept. 6. and she is underweight. She weighs 13pounds. She has been 13 pounds for since 10 months. She has not be able to gain weight. She has been breastfeed only so now i think my supply is low, i pumped for 5 hrs the only day with an electric pump on each breast i only pump 2 oz. The doctor says i need to put her on formula asap so she can gain weight if not she will have to go to a specialist. I am in the process of switching to formula but no luck. As soon as she see the bottle/sippy cup she refuses and fights the whole time. No matter what is inside it could be breastmilk only she still will not take it. I have tried every formula under the moon similac, gerber, enfamil, cheap formula nothing she hates it all and the same with bottles 7 different bottles 5 different sippys even the straw one. I have even put strawberry or chocolate syrup in the formula to help the taste nothing. She is very happy, active, crawls everywhere, stands up alone, talks all the time, smiles very happy baby. I have her on a very good schedule. morning she has her milk a solid food, afternoon milk, solid nap, mid afternoon milk snack like yogurt, dinner solids and then milk for bed. She eats everything has normal wet and poopy diapers. I am so stressed out about it all i can think about is gain weight gain gain formula formula. I will try and skip a feeding and try formula instead she will refuse and starve herself until i feed her from my boob. I am so afraid she will not gain weight and I feel so helpless. I want my baby to be healthy and grow. But nothing is working I want her to just take the forumula and start gaining some weight but doesnt look like that will happen. Please help I need advice I feel like a bad mom i cant give her what she needs and it hurts. I see these chunky babies that are breastfeed and I am like how what am i doing wrong, why isnt my baby like that.

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Lori - posted on 09/03/2014

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Since she's already eating some solid foods, instead of pushing formula - which she obviously doesn't like - try introducing some high calorie foods like avocado.

Also - it sounds like other than the number on the scale, she's doing OK. Not all babies are going to be BIG babies. Look at adults….we are all different sizes. The article here is written about newborns… but relates to older babies too.

http://drjaygordon.com/pediatricks/newbo...

You mentioned that she has been 13 lbs since 10 months… and she's currently 11 months. That's only one month! Has she gained some weight every other month? How sensitive is your scale? Is is possible she gained a few ounces but the scale wasn't sensitive enough for that? Was she weighed on the same scale? What are her previous weights/ages?

Does she have reflux or does she vomit regularly or on occasion?

My 2nd daughter never took a bottle either….. NEVER. It's not uncommon for breastfed babies to resist/refuse the bottle.

Branca - posted on 09/02/2014

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You can't track your milk production by the pump. The baby is more efficient extracting milk than a machine. Some women have a hard time relaxing and getting milk with a pump. I did as well. Did you tried breastfeeding on demand instead of on a schedule and dropping the bottle for a wile? At least when you are not at work.

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Bernielytia - posted on 02/14/2018

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This is so true. You can’t keep track of your “supply” just because you have a pump that provides measurements. Your baby needs hindmilk that a machine can’t usually express from your breasts. Hindmilk contains the fat that your baby needs to gain weight. I have a book from the 70’s that explains much of the science regarding breastfeeding. It was written by Karen Pryor. I also grew up only seeing female relatives nursing their infants. I recall the first time seeing bottles...it was foreign to me. Yet, as a mother, you do what you have to do, so that your children survive. Thank goodness my older sister was willing to be a wet nurse for my daughter, when the pediatrician wouldn’t accept the fact that I had plenty of milk (that I brought to the doctor’s office) when she claimed that I wasn’t producing enough. She also was alarmed that my milk was white and creamy in appearance, instead of thin and bluish. She tried to pull all of the tricks on me. Shame on her... I continued to nurse my daughter until she was 15 months old. Of course, I gave her solid foods at 6 months. She was never given any liquids, other than my milk, until she was over 12 months old. She finally weaned herself at 15 months old.

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