Breastfeeding

Bec - posted on 01/22/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Hi all, was invited a few min ago. I'm a first time mum to a little baby girl, she's 4 months on saturday and has been breastfed only since she was born. She's not put on much weight over the last two weeks and wondered if any other breastfeeding mummies had noticed their breastfed babies gaining less and less weight? Cheers all.



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User - posted on 01/22/2009

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i breastfed both my kids, and while mine were on the chubby side as a lot of breastfed babies can get, i am part of a group in my community that is for breastfeeding moms and several of the babies there are just like yours, gaining wieght slow and steady, but on the petite side. ive found you are either gonna get a pillsbury dough-baby, or a petite china doll baby when breastfeeding, its completely normal for them to level out for a while, so as long as diapers are filling up and your supply seems good, dont be worried :)

Melissa - posted on 01/22/2009

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my first son was breast feed until he was 8 months old. he was always a small baby and people would always tell me he was too little. (not doctors, just people)



he was gaining weight, but was always in the lower percentile for his age. he was very healthy and mentally developed as he should be, but jsut a small baby.



unless he is showing signs of malnutrition or something like that, dont worry if he is not a big chubby baby.  :)  dont give up breastfeeding just because he isnt gaining as much weight as he used to. he may just take a while to have his next growth spurt.

Bec - posted on 01/22/2009

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thank you guys, you've all been a great help on this matter. I'm still breastfeeding my baby girl cause I feel it's still the best thing for her right now.

Mandi - posted on 01/22/2009

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Hi, I breastfed all three of my children, even though my last two were twins. With my oldest, my son, I breastfed him until he was 6 mo old. He was small but doctors weren't concerned. Now, with my twin girls, they are 17 mo. old and I only got to breastfeed them for 5 weeks. I realized that I wasn't producing enough milk for both of them and they weren't getting enough to eat. It is true that breastfed babies tend to be smaller than formula fed babies. I hope this takes care of your concerns. I think that it's completely normal.

Zara - posted on 01/22/2009

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my daughter is 14 months old, i still breastfeed her, and she is still under 9 kg its nothing to worry about as long as a health visitor is monitoring her growth.

Jen - posted on 01/22/2009

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You know, I seem to remember mine having this same deal, wasn't really gaining, but she was nursing fine and not dehydrated, but then in month five she was like ravenous and gained a ton. I would talk to your doc if you're concerned, but maybe just give her a little bit? Maybe there's been a change in her schedule or your lives that's throwing her off and she needs some time to adjust? Just throwing out ideas here.

Carrie - posted on 01/22/2009

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breast milk is the best...but she if 4 months...I think cereal is a great way to go to put on some lbs. All children gain and loose weight at different paces, she may just be at a time where she's not having a growth spurt. I have 9 brothers and sisters, 3 children and 3 nieces and nephews and they were and are ALL different in the weight department. All and all I think that if you take her to her doc and they say all is well you're in the clear...the doc will know better then any of us will...but as long as she's having poo and pee diapers, I wouldn't worry much about it...it's probably just how she grows

Bec - posted on 01/22/2009

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Oh, I mean baby rice n my milk weaning, weaning onto solids. God no, don't want to put her on formula at all.

Laura - posted on 01/22/2009

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Weaning is definitely not the way to go. She'll get more nutrition from you than she ever will from formula. Just because she's not gaining weight as fast as she had been, doesn't mean she's not healthy. If you're that concerned, give her some rice cereal mixed with breast milk, but you shouldn't wean her completely.

Bec - posted on 01/22/2009

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We still have plenty of wet and dirty nappies so I'm not concerned about how much she's getting, just wondering why she aint putting on the same amount of weight a week she was doing. She was putting on 12oz a week up until last week that is. Mybe weaning is the way to go.

Jessica - posted on 01/22/2009

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Breastfed babies are known for gaining weight slower than formula fed babies. Make sure she still has wet and soiled diapers (so you know she is not dehydrated) and I would say if the doctor isn't too concerned don't worry too much. Have you started giving her any solids, rice/oat cereals? Mix breastmilk so it does taste completely foreign. That may help up her calorie intake a little. Just don't give up on breastfeeding it is natural and I'm sure your baby is doing just fine ;-)

Carrie - posted on 01/22/2009

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Hello there...I have 3 children and I breastfed 2 of them. I have never had that problem, but I do have a friend who had that problem. Her daughter ended up having to be hospitalized because her daughter got dehydrated. Turned out about 3 months after her daughter was born her body quite producing milk. I'm not saying this is the case for you...so don't freak, but it's worth going to the doc and having it checked out. Keep me updated...I hope this was helpful

Laura - posted on 01/22/2009

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Hi Bec! Babies seem to go through growth spurts just like older kids. I would think that as long as she's still eating and getting satisfied, then she's just fine. My daughter goes through periods of not being very interested in eating, and other times when she can't eat enough. Just make sure that you're eating as healthy as you can, so she gets enough nutrition. If she starts losing weight, or still hasn't gained much by her next checkup, talk to your doctor.

Julie - posted on 01/22/2009

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I have four kids and only breastfed my second one- it just wasn't for me. I tried with the first but with PDD it just didn't work. My second child- the one I breastfed was underwieght. He was a very active little boy and is now 3 1/2 yrs. He is still tiny but starting to fit into his clothes. We had many check ups for him about his weight but they weren't too worried since he was just so active. I was told to give him ice cream anytime he wanted to try to put a little weight on him. Rest assured some breastfed babies can be little and others can get really big. It just depends on the size but is completely normal.

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