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July 16th, 2007, 09:44 PM
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Hi I am from the June 07 playroom. My son Ben is 6 weeks old. He has had very low weight gain and now the Dr is very concerned. He has only gained 1 oz in the past 2 weeks. He is only 5 oz above his birthweight. The Dr hasn't given any suggestions as to what it could be. He is calling a children's hospital tomorrow to make arrangements for us to go there.

He is breastfed but I have supplemented with some formula. It hasn't seemed to help. He seems hungry regularly and latches well and eats quite a bit. He has plenty of wet diapers every day but only poops about once a week.

I just don't know what to do. I am so scared and worried for him. Have any of you had similar experiences? Any advice?

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July 17th, 2007, 07:49 AM
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Hi!
My daughter is 7 weeks old today and at 5 weeks old she weighed less than she did at 2 weeks old. So I'm right there with you!
You can read my post asking for advice as well to see what we've been through already with her. As of right now the coughing fits I mentioned in it are gone, so all we're dealing with now is the fact that she doesn't eat as much as she should.
Do you know how much your baby eats in a 24 hour period? I know you said he eats a lot, but do you know how much? I know you are breastfeeding so it's probably hard to tell. Could you pump and see how much you get to get an idea of how much he must be getting per feeding? They say babies should get 2.5 ounces of milk per pound of body weight per 24 hours. So if your baby is 10 pounds, he'd need 25 ounces in one day. (My daughter at 9 pounds was only eating 10 ounces a day - less than half of what she should). It would be good if you could figure out if the issue with your baby is that he's not eating enough ounces per day or if he's eating enough, but not gaining weight from it. I'm sure if you could tell the doctor which of those two are the issue, that would help a lot.
Is your baby fussy at all when eating? Any mucus in the poop, skin rashes, etc? Could be an allergy to something you are eating that is coming through in the breastmilk and causing him to not eat as much.
I hope you find the answer and that it's a simple solution. Perhaps you don't make enough milk and you'll have to switch to formula or something. I don't know. We're still trying to figure out why my daughter won't eat the correct volume of formula per day (but we've increased her calories so she should be gaining weight again on the smaller volume).
Anyway, I wish you luck...
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July 17th, 2007, 09:53 AM
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I'm sure you've done this, but I would meet with a lactation consultant to make sure it's not an issue with your breastmilk. DD had this kind of issue for a little while, and it was because I was not producing enough. She was weighed before and after a feed and I was hooked up to all sorts of different pumps. All revealed I was never producing more than half an ounce per feed. Once I fed her the appropriate amount she was supposed to receive (via formula, unfortunately), she thrived and gained great for several months.

If the amount he's eating is not the issue, not sure what to say, since I have no experience. Hopefully the docs can run some tests to see if they are pointed in the right direction.
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July 17th, 2007, 01:54 PM
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i'm soooo sorry you are going through this. my son was a bit older when this all started so i'm not sure what they do with such brand new babies. have they done an upper gi? could it be reflux that is making your baby not want to eat? these are really the only things i can think of.
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July 18th, 2007, 05:46 AM
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My SIL had this same problem. She found out that she didn't have any fat her milk so the baby wasn't getting enough calories through beast milk.. She tried to supplement with formula but soon switched to all formula. My son was older 4months when he was diagnosed FTT and bottled fed so I'm not a huge help.
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