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October 12th, 2013, 12:12 PM
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Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Vancouver, BC
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I've got some time, so I figured I'd give you all an update on my little monkey. Phoebe will be 3 weeks old tomorrow at 10:54pm. She was jaundiced shortly after birth, so it was a struggle to get her to gain any weight. She didn't require light therapy, just lots of milk and bowel movements. She wasn't producing enough urine for a few days after we got home, just urine crystals. She was 6 lb 6 oz at birth and dropped to 5 lb 13 oz about a half week after birth. I had to wake her to feed so that she wouldn't get dehydrated and so that she would gain enough weight. DH got up with me for every feed. I feed her, and he'd keep her awake long enough to eat. It was a struggle to get her to sleep anywhere but on me, and co-sleeping isn't for us. We got some good advice from our public health nurse, and came up with a routine that works for us - I feed her, DH changes and swaddles her and soothes her to sleep while I read out loud - this way we both get bonding time with her.
She started gaining weight, but it was a slow process. I was worried about her growth, so I made an appointment with a lactation consultant. My supply is great, and she has no problems that interfere with her feeding, she's just a sleepy baby. At my last appointment, my LC gave me the go ahead to let her wake us rather than have us wake her (unless she sleeps more than 5 hours). We tried this out last night, and it worked great. She even felt considerably heavier after eating! She was 6 lbs 11 oz yesterday and she grew 4 cm since birth - she's averaging 25 g/day (0.9 oz/day). Her head circumference also grew by 2 cm as well. So now breast feeding is going perfectly and my little monkey is growing right on track
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October 12th, 2013, 04:19 PM
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Glad to hear that she is going well! Also, your routine sounds pretty nice during the night I usually get up and get her bottle and change her and then my partner will feed her and try get her back to bed while I express more, seems to work for us!
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