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January 16th, 2006, 02:21 PM
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My son had his 6 month well baby visit today and he lost an ounce since his 4 month appointment. He looks fine, grew in height an inch, but isn't gaining weight. He's hitting his milestones just fine, so they aren't really concerned yet. They are concerned enough that I have to bring him in for a weight check next month.

He's breastfed and I've been trying to feed him solids, but he just doesn't like them. He'll eat cheerios fine and will open his mouth for them, but not baby food. I've been doing a song and dance show to get him to open his mouth. If I can get the food into his mouth he'll eat it most of the time. I hate forcing him to eat, but now I'm concerned about his weight.

I don't want to give him formula, but his pedi recommended maybe doing one bottle of formula a day. He has a milk allergy, so it'd have to be soy formula. I just don't know what to do. I feel like such a bad mom.
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January 17th, 2006, 02:47 AM
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Hi there!

I'm not an expert by any means, but I think if you decide to give him a bottle a day of formula, make sure to pump for that feeding, so you don't deplete(sp) your supply.

Have you tried pumping and giving him hindmilk as a suppliment? You can pump on one side while he's nursing on the other. Usually you can tell the difference between hindmilk and foremilk, b/c hindmilk's creamier-looking, while foremilk is more transparent. Hindmilk is a lot higher in calories than foremilk. You might want to try that first. Or pump for a few minutes before you nurse him, so he has more of a chance of getting at the hindmilk while he eats.

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February 27th, 2006, 02:06 PM
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Just wanted to update on my son's weight gain issues. It turns out the main problem for him was that I wasn't producing enough milk due to the fact that I had hypothyroidism. Once I got on thyroid meds my milk supply increased and he started gaining weight again. Thanks for your support.
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February 27th, 2006, 04:07 PM
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That is great news!

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