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May 5th, 2014, 08:17 AM
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I sometimes wonder if Max is eating enough. I mean he certainly nurses often enough but how much should the babies be gaining?? He's up to 2 lbs over birth weight at a month. This doesn't even put him on the charts though. He's not fussing for more so I generally figure he's doing well??
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May 5th, 2014, 09:29 AM
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My pediatrician told me when we were trying to get Ellie's weight back up, after her losing so much in the hospital, that they like to see 1/2-1 ounce a day gains. I'm dying to know what El is up to but we won't see her pedi again until 2 months
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May 5th, 2014, 11:22 AM
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We haven't been to the doctor since the day after we were discharged- so we'll see what they say on wednesday!! I'm not looking forward to talking about vaccinations because I still haven't decided!!
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May 5th, 2014, 11:26 AM
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My ped said the same thing. 1/2 to 1 oz a day. If he's gained 2 lbs in a month that's over an oz a day!! I don't think you need to worry! I'm surprised your dr didn't want to see him again before a month though.
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May 5th, 2014, 11:51 AM
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We saw the newborn specialist at 5 days and 7 days...then the pedi at 2 weeks and 2 weeks 3 days. Won't go in again until 2 months for shots. I was torn on the shot issue myself, but in the end I couldn't live with myself if I didn't prevent something from harming my baby. I've looked at both sides and for us going this way is the "lesser of two evils" lol such a hot topic though!
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May 5th, 2014, 11:59 AM
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Alyson has been in weekly for weight checks. She went at 2 weeks and had lost an ounce. She has reflux and spits up a lot. Last check she had gained 5 ounces in a week so we don't go back until 2 weeks now. She has gained 7 ounces total in 6 weeks.
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May 5th, 2014, 12:41 PM
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What's funny is I forgot the pediatrician sheets from the hospital and he was just like whatever. And, it was our first time seeing that doctor. He said he didn't want to expose Max, especially with him being a preemie, to the germs at a doctors office. This doctor seemed totally laid back and I love it. I like to do my own research and come up with my own opinions and then take the doctors advice as just that- advice/opinion.

As far as vaccines, I am always so torn on the topic. I want to get him tested for the mthfr mutation beforehand but I don't want to get his blood drawn lol. They won't do it at the doctors office because it's not covered by insurance. Gah.
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May 5th, 2014, 01:14 PM
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She gained about 2.5 lbs by a month. She lost over 10% in the hospital so she did really well.

I was on a strict alternative vac schedule with my boys. This time I am going with tge traditional schedule.
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May 5th, 2014, 01:30 PM
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Logan's up over 6.5 lbs at his 2 month check up. Chunky monkey! He's back on the growth chart, hooray!
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May 5th, 2014, 02:10 PM
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We haven't had much chance to see, being she's only 6 days old, haha! But I was a little surprised that she had continued losing after her initial hospital loss. When we were discharged, she had gone down to 7 lbs 14 oz (birth weight was 8 lbs 6 oz), and when we saw the pedi at 4 days old, she was 7 lbs 13 oz. That's still only a 6% loss, so they weren't concerned, but she said they like to see them back to birth weight by 10 days old. I don't know if Chloe can gain that fast in just six more days, you know? But as long as she's gaining, I won't worry.
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May 5th, 2014, 04:35 PM
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Maggie hadn't gained anything at 2 weeks. She lost 8 oz. From her birth weight and hasn't gained any of it back yet. We go back Wed. at 3 weeks. If she still hasn't gained any I will feel like a complete failure.
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May 5th, 2014, 05:13 PM
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Oh Michelle don't feel like a failure regardless!! These things are really out of our control. My friend's baby lost a bunch of weight and ended up in the hospital where they wouldn't let her breastfeed and then ended up calling social services on her because she didn't want to give him formula (ultimately it ended up being that he was allergic to milk/formula). It was such an awful experience for her but in the end she breastfed him (and still is). Are you pumping? Breastfeeding is so hard.
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May 5th, 2014, 05:35 PM
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I started pumping on Friday and didn't leave the house for 3 days. Just stayed in bed nursing and pumping. She latches well, feeds on both sides, isn't dehydrated and doesn't act like she's starving all the time. Dr., nurses and LCs all say she looks great and appears healthy. She maybe sleeps a little more than is normal but I guess it's because she's not getting enough food for energy. I had figured she started gaining around day 5 or 6 and we didn't have any signs that she wasn't so when they weighed her at 14 days and she hadn't gained anything I was really upset. I'm just praying that she is getting more milk and gaining now.
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May 5th, 2014, 08:26 PM
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Isabell was born at 9lb11oz, and down to 8lb, 14 oz at three days. She hadn't gained a thing by her one week visit, so at two weeks she was weighed again and came in at 10lb. That was two weeks ago and today she weighed 11 lb 15 oz.

She's a bit of a giant, they say. 102nd percentile for height and 95th for weight. I kinda wish she was a little smaller!


I was really worried at the start when she was losing and the. When she went almost a week without gaining I felt so crummy. But she's come around now and we are both feeling much better!
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Robbie was born at 8 lbs and 12 oz. we were discharged at 7 lbs and 6 oz. 2 days later (this week's Monday) he was up 4 oz. we're going back on Friday to confirm he's continuing to gain weight. This weight stuff is so hard - you feel responsible for every loss or slow gain.
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Maggie hadn't gained anything at 2 weeks. She lost 8 oz. From her birth weight and hasn't gained any of it back yet. We go back Wed. at 3 weeks. If she still hasn't gained any I will feel like a complete failure.
We are going through the same thing. Going in for a weight check today. I know they will tell me to supplement with some formula
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Hugs Michele.

Levi was born at 8lbs 12oz, dropped to 8lbs 3oz at 2 days, and was 8lbs 13oz at one week. At 3.5 weeks he was 11lbs 3oz. We see the midwife next week (she had to reschedule due to a birth) so we'll see how big he is at 6.5 weeks. Then we go to our family doctor for his 2 month appt.
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We are going through the same thing. Going in for a weight check today. I know they will tell me to supplement with some formula
Do not beat yourself up if you have to give formula! I supplemented with formula with my first because she was still losing weight at 2 weeks old. I also pumped after each feeding and was able to give pumped milk in lieu of formula after several days. Make sure you nurse first and then offer formula. Don't dkip nursing in favor of formula if you hope to continue breastfeeding. It's possible your supply just needs a boost so nurse first then pump to stimulate more milk production. My DD finally regained her birthweight at 4 weeks old and I was able to stop supplementing and I went on to nurse her for 12 months.

It's possible to supplement with formula and not ruin your breast feeding relationship. Please don't feel like a failure. Hugs!
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Carys was 6 lbs and 9 oz at birth. In 2 days she went down to 5 15. The hospital was very worried cause she is a small baby so we did one day of formula and I started pumping. My midwife comes to the house and weighed her this morning and she was 6 lbs 11oz so I was really happy that she is above her birth weight in 8 days.
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The goal for Xavier's weight gain is an ounce (30ml) per day. He is meeting and often exceeding this. He is now 9 pounds 11 ounces
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