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Old 10-26-2007, 04:41 PM   #21
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Re: Low weight baby, dr wants me to supplement

It's not that I'm against people using formula, it a combination of he doesn't want it, and I don't want to force feed him something he doesn't like and we can't afford formula. I don't want to risk what supply I do have drying up because they have me pumping to mix it with formula.

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Old 10-26-2007, 04:57 PM   #22
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Oatmeal also helps with supply, regular oatmeal.

You can do this! Change ped ASAP. I he gaining just not on the "curve" or is he losing weight?


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Old 10-26-2007, 05:26 PM   #24
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Re: Low weight baby, dr wants me to supplement

PMed this to you as well....

I want to try to help you, mama. I'm a nurse and do lots of bfing teaching at my hospital. First off... I wouldn't do the cereal. It's not recommended until 6 months of age and has LESS calories and fat than bm. So if baby isn't gaining weight, we don't want to replace the higher fat milk with lower fat solids, kwim?

I think your ped's office doesn't sound very bfing friendly. That is really frustrating. Have all weights been done on the same scale, naked every time? Can you post a history of weights? You can either pm me with them or post them in the thread.

How is baby's latch? Are you in any pain? If wet and dirty diapers are good, that is a good sign. I think we should first evaluate if their is a problem before we go from there. An IBCLC might be a good person to help you as well if you know of one you can see.

Let me know...

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Old 10-26-2007, 07:26 PM   #25
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Re: Low weight baby, dr wants me to supplement

He started at 7lb 3 oz when he was born, took 3 weeks to regain his birthweight, at his 2 month visit, he was 9lb 1 oz, and 10 even at his 4 month.

His 'curve' is just dropping, he's not loosing weight, no.

And supposedly, this is the best pro BFing pediatrician in the area. With my last child, ( diff dr) when she took 4 weeks to regain her birthweight, they made give formula, cereal at 2 months, and yellow veggies at 3 months. They threatened to report me to CPS if I didn't.

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Please don't listen to them, this sounds like theu are just not educated about breastfeeding...

My DD was 5lbs 11 ozs @ birth and at 8 months old is only 13 lbs. She is only @ the 1.5 percentile on the growth chart.

My Dr. seems to think she is fine because she has plenty of wet dipes and is no loosing.... He says she will prbably be a small child.

After dealing with a child (2nd DD) with severe feeding issues... I also agree with my dr.

I hope you can get the doctor to back off and support you or find a new ped.

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If I were you I would be trying to wake baby up during the night after 3 or 4 hours and not let them go the upwards of 6 hours you mentioned between feeds. It is okay to let baby sleep if they are "gaining well" and it sounds like your kiddo could use at least an attempt at a "mid-night snack" but whatever you do, weaning shouldn't be in the equation
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If you are still having trouble getting in contact with your local LLL leader, you could call the LLL hotline..."toll-free phone help is available 24 hours a day, anywhere in the US, providing information, education, and support for women who want to breastfeed, healthcare providers, and others". The number is 1-877-4-LA LECHE. Maybe they could answer some questions and help connect you with another local person. I hope you find some help and answers soon.
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With my last child, ( diff dr) when she took 4 weeks to regain her birthweight, they made give formula, cereal at 2 months, and yellow veggies at 3 months. They threatened to report me to CPS if I didn't.
Wow....just wow. (not you, the dr)
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Old 10-26-2007, 09:41 PM   #30
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If you are still having trouble getting in contact with your local LLL leader, you could call the LLL hotline..."toll-free phone help is available 24 hours a day, anywhere in the US, providing information, education, and support for women who want to breastfeed, healthcare providers, and others". The number is 1-877-4-LA LECHE. Maybe they could answer some questions and help connect you with another local person. I hope you find some help and answers soon.

Thank you!!!! I didn't know that!!!
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