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I thought maybe we wouldn't have any big issues with BF this time and was so relieved after having so much trouble with DS and giving up after 3 weeks. But I did not get so lucky, I guess.
Maggie has had a great latch from birth and I thought things were going perfect until we found out she wasn't gaining weight. The WIC LC came over today and we sort of determined that she probably has a palate issue and her suck, well, sucks. She doesn't suck strong enough to stimulate my breasts enough to produce the milk she needs. She's still not able to get a full ounce at a feeding and hasn't gained any weight in 2 weeks (still not at birth weight, but at least she's not continuing to lose weight.)
At first the LC suggested supplementing but then said we just need to try to get my supply up with a hospital pump and as she gets bigger and stronger her sucking skills might improve. I really hope it works. She has a great latch and never even acts like she is starving and she seems perfectly healthy except the lack of weight gain. It's already so much better than my last BF experience, I would hate to have to end up supplementing or exclusively pumping. I want this to work out so badly. I don't want to feel like a failure again.
I'll give you some anecdotal advice so take it FWIW......DD had issues with weight gain while breast feeding. This started a roller coaster of trials.....supplementing, meds to get my supply up, dietary restrictions, and eventually, soy formula. All of the things I wanted to avoid. Guess what? Nothing changed. She still struggled to gain weight and I continued to feel more and more like a failure. Eventually, they just decided her growth curve was not typical (still isn't). Sometimes, I think they place more emphasis than is necessary on weight gain. If she is otherwise healthy and thriving, I don't see why they stress. So, keep trying and hopefully, this passes without you having to supplement.
So sorry Michele!! I agree though sometimes I think too much emphasis is put on weight gain. I've said it several times but I was told with DS to give formula at 2 months because he'd gained less than two lbs and was only 5%. He did gain quickly once we started formula but by 18 months was back at the bottom of the growth charts!! He's just a little kid and was meant to be that way.
If it were me I'd continue nursing like usual. Id use the hospital pump 30 min to an hour after nursing and give her whatever you can pump out. Even if you don't get much at first it should help increase your supply.
Thank you Vicki... For the adorable siggy!
I agree with above ladies. DD had major weight gain issues from day one. She was born at 9lbs 6oz and hit 12 lbs at a year old. They tried everything and it didnt work. Finally at about 3 months we took her off all the crap they had her on and just started feeding her anytime she would eat. Im talking like every hour in the daytime and every 2-3 at night. We kept her exclusively breastfed and eventually got sent on to a specialist 5 hours away who said theres nothing wrong with her. Shes just meant to be little. And she was until she was 3 1/2. She was 97% on the growth charts when she was born, dropped down to 5% by a year and stayed there until 3 1/2 then she started super growing and never stopped. Picture a horse in child form....all the kiddo does is eat and grow. Shes turning 7 next month and shes 75% on growth charts now.
I agree that some drs obsession with babies gaining weight gets pretty extreme. Babies make their own plans....
I would look more at your LOs diaper output. If theres a bunch coming out then theres a bunch going in!