I've been breastfeeding my 4 month old baby. She has never gained weight properly. I've tried EVERYTHING. I worked with a LC, took Fenegeek, Reglan, and even Domperidone. I've pumped and pumped. The baby still hasn't gained enough.
She won't take extra formula OR breastmilk in a bottle. Nipple confusion? I've been trying to give her a bottle for 2 months and she still won't take it.
What do I do? Are there any solids I could try at only 4 months? She's looking very skinny and cries when she's just sucking and sucking at the breast.
Answer by Krysta622 at 9:19 PM on May. 28, 2010
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Answer by ClaireW at 11:26 PM on May. 28, 2010
Your baby should gain 4 ounces a week or 1 pound a month. It's good for babies to be lean as long as they are gaining a pound a month. My 3 boys all weighed around 17 pounds at 12 mo. Some people think 4 mo babies are supposed to weigh that much! If she isn't gaining a pound a month you should contact a La Leche League Leader or a lactation consultant. LLL Leaders will help for free by phone.
Nipple confusion is when a baby won't nurse right because they have been given bottles or pacifiers. It's not refusing bottles. It's normal for breastfed babies to refuse bottles. It's strange that she is crying at the breast. http://www.kellymom.com/ is a great breastfeeding site.
Answer by Gailll at 11:29 PM on May. 28, 2010
You wrote while I was writing! It's 4 oz a week babies are supposed to gain and a pound a month. The 7 oz is the high end of the range 4-7 oz and that's the max a baby should gain and that would be for boys. You want your baby to be on the the lower end. If your baby gained 2 pounds a month that would be 32 pounds at 12 mo and that would be overweight!!! Skinny is good!!! As long as your baby is above the 3rd percentile all is good. We know that heavier babies have weight and health problems their whole life. You may not be used to seeing nice lean breastfed babies. If you went to a La Leche League conference you would see lots of 4 mo babies that weigh 12 pounds or less since that's NORMAL.
You are worried about nothing.
Answer by Gailll at 11:40 PM on May. 28, 2010
It's good your baby has refused bottles. If you would give bottles that can be the end of breastfeeding. Using bottles upsets the supply and demand cycle of breastfeeding and can cause nipple confusion. If you feel you must supplement you can feed her by cup, spoon, dropper, syringe, or finger feeder.
It recommended that babies be exclusively breastfed for 6 mo. Since your baby has gained a pound a month she is doing fine on breastmilk. Cereal has iron in it that makes the baby's body have problems absorbing iron from your milk. Babies also can't digest cereal right until they are much older. Banana, sweet potato, or avocado are good first solids. http://www.kellymom.com/ has lots of info on starting solids.
Answer by Gailll at 11:46 PM on May. 28, 2010