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Old 01-03-2008, 08:01 AM   #1
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Supplementing advice

I know this will be super long, I just want to give the reasons for the supplementing.

Ok, first of all, I haven't been to the Drs yet (will be going in today for a follow-up), so I'm not even sure what they are going to want me to do. I just need a little advice from anyone that has ever had to supplement with formula.

Tuesday my normally gassy 2 month old was much more gassier than usual, but then slept really well and was in a great mood Wednesday morning. He had his well baby checkup, so I figured I'd ask if they thought I should try cutting things out of my diet. But it never even got that far.

When they weighed him, he was only 7lbs 2oz, only up 4 ounces from his 1 month check up. The Dr checked him out really good and discovered he had a hernia, which he said would just take a simple surgery to fix, but because of his weight we would have to go through lots of bloodwork etc to first to make sure that the hernia was the reason for the weight and not something else.

We spent 7 hours in the emegency room last night getting ultra sounds, bloodwork etc, and everything was fine. They even managed to pop the intestine back up where it belonged (and the little guy instantly stopped crying and his coloring returned to normal).

Everyone there thought that he had most likely been gaining weight fine all along, but when his intestine had started getting stuck he had probably started to lose weight.

I was told my Dr would most likely want to have me supplementing to help get his weight up (my kids are tiny, so he's only 5oz under what he should have been to stay at the same spot on the percentile chart thing)

So FINALLY, my questions!

1. If he has gained a certain amount by the time we go in today, is there a chance they won't want me to use formula?

2. I have a good milk supply, but if I have to supplement for a short time, what should I do to be sure my supply doesn't lessen?

3. What about the poop? Even with just a little formula, will the poop change?

I really would rather not give my son formula, but we'll have to schedule his surgery soon so the hernia doesn't come back, and I know that would help him gain a little before then.

Oh, and anyone that has had to take their baby in for weight checks, how long do they usually make you do that? I want to be sure there aren't any more problems, but do you have to pay the insurance copay just to get weighed?

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Old 01-03-2008, 09:01 AM   #2
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Re: Supplementing advice

Well, first of all, you don't have to suppliment if you don't think it is necessary- even if the doctors tell you to. If you do decide to suppliment, make sure you pump, so you dont loos any of your supply.

Weight checks should b e able to be done on a nurse visit, you shouldn't have to pay a co-pay for a weight check.

Just keep nursing and watch your diet for gassy foods- beans, garlic, coffee ect. I think he will be just fine with mama's milk
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