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Old 07-11-2011, 08:40 PM   #11
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I am going to reschedule our weight check we have on wednesday to see the breastfeeding friendly pediatrician instead of the PA, and keep working with baby boy on eating well, and frequently. The PA I saw today really just seemed to push formula, and I did not like that. I am also going to see about going to see the hospital lactation specialist just to get evaluated to make sure I am doing it right, and get personal help to see how to encourage him to nurse.

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Old 07-11-2011, 08:59 PM   #12
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My son was losing weight as well. He went down almost a full lb by 2 weeks old. Went to an lc and she had me feed from one side the full feeding and the next 2 hrs then switch sides. My let down was very fast and she thought he was filling up with air before he got to the fatty milk. To wake him. Undress fully, change diaper, use a cool washcloth that were something's I did to wake him up.

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Old 07-12-2011, 07:07 AM   #13
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Re: Question about newborn weight loss....please help!

My oldest had a similar experience. She was born 8 lbs 4 oz and got down to 7 lbs 7 oz our ped told us the extra weight loss was absolutely due to me having so many iv fluids during my labor/birth and that she expects to see extra weight loss in those situations. I would just crawl in bed with him and let him nurse as much as he will. Maybe do some breast compressions while actually nursing to help push out some extra milk (especially the hindmilk).
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Re: Question about newborn weight loss....please help!

You can also try changing him in between breasts to wake him up and make him take more. My DS was a slow gainer in the beginning and was 14 lbs by 2 months, so it's definitely not a supply indicator! Some babies just take a little longer.
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:34 AM   #15
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Figured out last night when Im full my nipples are too big for him to take so he refuses even if he is hungry. I pumped for a few minutes and he went to town!! The wet washcloth on the face and the armpit/temple rubs seem to work alright, so thank you mamas for these tips!!
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Re: Question about newborn weight loss....please help!

Is he holding his body temp.? If newbies are chilly they can burn lots of calories trying to warm up. They will be sleepy too. I agree w/ pp, stop everything and nurse. Is he having wet diapers? BM?
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He seems to be doing fine at holding his temperature, and when he is alert he eats great. He had 6 poopy diapers yesterday and already had 4 today! Lots of wet diapers too.
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Old 07-12-2011, 10:25 AM   #18
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If he's having enough wet dipes, I wouldn't worry. That's not a huge loss. My son didn't even get above birth weight until 3 weeks and our ped wasn't concerned at all. You can pump like other mamas suggested, but unless you want to I wouldn't start supplementing this early. Not even a week old? No way.

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Re: Question about newborn weight loss....please help!

My DS was slow to gain, in the end it was my milk supply.

On his wet diapers, does he ever have brick red colouring on the diaper? My DS had this and it is a sign of dehydration. I didn't know this at the time, I wish that I did.
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Old 07-12-2011, 01:47 PM   #20
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He has not had any red coloring in his diaper that we have noticed, but he was circumcised so I will look a little closer to make sure any wound healing goo is not really the uric crystals. We go back to see the pediatrician tomorrow so hopefully he is gaining
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