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I'm pretty upset. Baby born at 8lb 5oz, and dropped to 7lb 1 oz in hospital (12% loss). They said that was ok because her weight could have been inflated due to iv.
Anyways, she is 7lb 10oz today- only up 1oz in a week.
She does seem like a lazy nurser but her latch is good now. She is just sleepy and falls asleep on the breast often. I try all the stimulation tips but its so hard to get her to actively suck. Once she is off she roots again, then she falls asleep again.
Anyways, I could supplement after feedings with expressed milk but I am so hesitant to do so. I could wait a few days to see if it gets better. I just want this to work as it should, and its really hard for me that its not working. I go back tuesday to check her weight again.
If I start supplementing will I have to pump always, or would this just be a temporary thing? At what point can you go back to exclusively breastfeeding?
I should probably venture into the city to see an LC.
I just dont get it because her diaper output seems adequate.
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I had a similar problem with my first but it was within the first week. It was described to me as "sleepy baby syndrome". Baby gets too sleepy to feed, wakes up, has no energy becuase they didn't feed, and then goes to sleep again etc etc.
I expressed and then fed him with a syringe down the side of our finger while he was sucking. It was hard work for 48 hours, but after that he went back on the breast and never looked back. I think after two days of the syringe he gained 70g (about 2oz).
I encourage you to supplement but do look into alternatives to a bottle. Many people will say that their baby switched between breast and bottle with no worries, but I wouldn't risk it.
finally - has your LO been checked for a tongue tie? I think that seeing a LC would be beneficial and/or see if you have a La Leche group nearby.
^^ I agree. My LO has had weight gain problems (lost 13% of body weight and was dehydrated at 5 days old and re hospitalized) we syringe fed when supplementing. I would try and supplement with breast milk, if I had to do formula I'd make sure I'd pump really well because it takes longer for them to digest than BM. I tried to once he was latched squirt some BM into his mouth when he was nursing.
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you got some great advice, I just also wanted to ditto that you can totally do a bit of supplementing with pumped breastmilk now and you won't need to do that forever, as your baby gets older nursing should come easier. The first weeks are really rough for most moms/babies, but it does get better!