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Posted by on Aug. 22, 2012 at 2:01 PM
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I made a post yesterday about the baby's weight at her 6 month Appt..
Her birth weight was 7 lbs and 15 oz..
At 1 month she was 9.13
At 3 months she was 12.06
At 5 months she was 13.08
And yesterday at the 6 month appt she wAs 13.09 and has only gained 1 oz..
She nurses on demand...she prefers my right breast to the left any I don't think the left makes enough milk...
But her diapers seem fine 6-7...
I started taking fenugreek as I wasn't able to pump a lot... I need to pump as I'm looking fr a job and was hoping to pump enough so I can be gone 8-10 hrs a day....

I don't know why she didn't gain any weight... She hasn't gotten any teeth yet and is just trying to sit up... She nurses pretty frequently n the doc worried me yesterday by saying she's not developing n is falling off the charts ....

Has this happened to anyone else....
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K8wizzo
by Kate on Aug. 22, 2012 at 2:09 PM

She's gained an average of over 1 lb per month from her lowest weight, so no problem with the weight gain.

What about milestones?  How is she doing there?  Rolling over?

KylersMom8-16-7
by Bronze Member on Aug. 22, 2012 at 2:13 PM
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Ignore the charts and milestone guidelines because every baby is different. Diapers are fine and weight really doesn't look terrible. Some babies slow down in growth then grow up but not out. Try not to worry too much.

I'm sure others have something to add but that's my 2¢.
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maggiemom2000
by Ruby Member on Aug. 22, 2012 at 2:15 PM
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She gained really well for the first 3 months, then slowed down quite a bit.

This type of weight gain is common when baby has a tongue tie. Tehy gain well teh first few months when mom has a bit of an oversupply, then mom's supply regulates and their ineffective latch/suck starts to show.

Another common cause is mom starting hormonal birth control (this could be pills, injected, implanted, or some IUDs)

Here's some info on checking for tongue tie:

http://www.cwgenna.com/quickhelp.html

Is My Baby Tongue-tied?

Now that more mothers are breastfeeding, tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) is on the forefront of medical research again. Some tongue-tied babies breastfeed without difficulty, others cause their mother pain, don't get enough milk, or have difficulty swallowing properly and are very unhappy during and after feeding.

If you are concerned that your baby may be tongue-tied, the following may help you decide if you need more help. An IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) can help with breastfeeding, and many different dentists and doctors can help if your baby needs treatment for tongue-tie. Seehttp://www.lowmilksupply.org/frenotomy.shtml for a list of doctors and dentists who are particularly good at diagnosing and treating tongue-tie.

The first thing to assess is whether your baby can stick out his or her tongue. If you touch your baby's lips, he will probably open his mouth. You can then touch the front of his lower gum with your fingertip. This makes him stick the tongue out. We want to see the tongue come out flat over the lip, without dipping down or pointing down. If your baby can only stick his tongue out when his mouth is closed, that can indicate a posterior (further back) tongue-tie.


Next, we want to see if your baby can lift her tongue way up to the roof of the mouth. All the way up is perfect, half way is enough for most babies to be able to breastfeed. Again, her mouth should be wide open. Most tongue-tied babies can only lift their tongues when their mouths are mostly closed.


Obvious and Sneakier Tongue-ties:

This baby (figure 3) has an obvious tongue-tie. You can see the membrane right at the front of the tongue, and you can see how it makes it hard for him to lift his tongue up.

figure 3

The baby in figure 4 is also tongue-tied. If you run your finger along the outside of a baby's lower gum, her tongue will try to follow. If the tongue twists like this, it's a sign of tongue-tie.

figure 4

The baby in figure 5 has a sneaky (posterior) tongue-tie. You can see that it is difficult to get a finger under the tongue. If you press on the front of the little membrane under the tongue (the frenulum), a tied tongue will pull down in the center like this. This shows that the frenulum is tight and does not allow the tongue to move well. This diagnostic trick is called the Murphy Maneuver after Dr. Jim Murphy of California.

figure 5

Figure 6 shows a very sneaky tongue-tie - a posterior or submucosal one. The frenulum (membrane holding the tongue down) is hiding behind the floor of the mouth (the oral mucosa). You can see that the tongue doesn't lift very well, and that the floor of the mouth is tented out a little.

figure 6
figure 7

Notice how when the baby in figure 6 tries to lift her tongue (figure 7), nothing at all is visible except the limited ability to lift the tongue up.

Again, some babies with posterior or submucosal tongue-tie can breastfeed, others have a lot of difficulty. Moms breast and nipple shape and milk supply can make things easier or more difficult for the baby.

The best way to diagnose a posterior tongue-tie is to lift the tongue with a grooved director. Doctors who treat tongue-tie usually have one.


The final thing to do is watch your baby cry. If only the edges of the tongue curl up like in figure 9, that's a sure sign that the frenulum is tight.

figure 9

Now that you have an idea whether your baby has normal tongue movement ability or not, you can decide what kind of help may be most useful.


maggiemom2000
by Ruby Member on Aug. 22, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Define "pretty frequently". How many times in 24 hours does she usually nurse?

How many wet dipes in 24 hours?

sreichelt26
by Gold Member on Aug. 22, 2012 at 2:20 PM
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This. And how are diapers?

Charts are tricky because BF babies rarely grow at a steady rate. They gain in spurts.

Quoting K8wizzo:

She's gained an average of over 1 lb per month from her lowest weight, so no problem with the weight gain.

What about milestones?  How is she doing there?  Rolling over?


happymom6
by Bronze Member on Aug. 22, 2012 at 2:36 PM
Quoting K8wizzo:

She's gained an average of over 1 lb per month from her lowest weight, so no problem with the weight gain.

What about milestones?  How is she doing there?  Rolling over?




She's doing good as far as milestones... Very alert, happy and playful. She's been rolling over since 4 months. Tries to sit up when she's lying on her back..reaches for things .. I feel she's hitting her milestones...

Stay at Home Mom to my beautiful princess, just started a new website and blog for financial information and education www.ranichopra.com  

  

PEEK05
by on Aug. 22, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Sounds normal to me.  Around 6 months of age, babies tend to slow down in weight gain.

happymom6
by Bronze Member on Aug. 22, 2012 at 2:38 PM
Quoting maggiemom2000:

Define "pretty frequently". How many times in 24 hours does she usually nurse?

How many wet dipes in 24 hours?




She nurses on demand so I haven't really kept count... Whenever she cries I put her to my breast...when she's done she pulls off..she has 6-7 wet diapers in a day..she poops every couple of days..

I had asked the pedi at her 1 month visit if she was tongue tied and the pedi ad no... Mayb I can ask her again at the next visit... But she nurses great... I hv never had trouble latching her on...

Stay at Home Mom to my beautiful princess, just started a new website and blog for financial information and education www.ranichopra.com  

  

maggiemom2000
by Ruby Member on Aug. 22, 2012 at 3:55 PM


Quoting happymom6:

Quoting maggiemom2000:

Define "pretty frequently". How many times in 24 hours does she usually nurse?

How many wet dipes in 24 hours?




She nurses on demand so I haven't really kept count... Whenever she cries I put her to my breast...when she's done she pulls off..she has 6-7 wet diapers in a day..she poops every couple of days..

I had asked the pedi at her 1 month visit if she was tongue tied and the pedi ad no... Mayb I can ask her again at the next visit... But she nurses great... I hv never had trouble latching her on...

Crying is a late sign of humger. You could certainly try encouraging her to nurse more frequently. If you are feeling pressure form doc and dh to supplement and you are also concerned that she is getting enough, the first thing to do is to try and increase the number of times she is nursing.

You can try nursing more frequently. Make sure you offer both breasts at every feeding. when she pulls off the first breast, see if she will take the second breast. If baby is sleeping though the night consider bringing baby into bed with you and encourage nursing during the night.

Check out :

Slow Weight Gain Following Early Good Weight Gain

http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=doc-SWGF

Protocol to increase milk intake:

http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=doc%20PMBI

Why did you ask about the tongue tie at her one month visit? Something must have been going on that caused you to ask the doc check for that. Know that the majority of TTs are not found by baby's doc. They are not trained in diagnosing and/or clipping tongue tie. Check out the article I posted above and check for yourself :-)

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