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Dr Appt, bad weight gain

Posted by on Apr. 27, 2013 at 9:29 AM
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OK so serenity was born at 6.14 and was at 36 and 6 days so about 3 weeks early. She was in the hospital for ten days due to an infection and her lowest weight was 6.10 well at her one and two month check her weight was still not where he thought it should be so at the two month he mentioned supplementing. So I tried to give her a few bottles of my milk and even three kinds of formula and she refused the formulas and would only take a couple sucks of my milk. Well yesterday she had a three month check, at two months she weighed 8.7 and yesterday she was 9.4 so he said its crusial for me to supplement and give her 4 bottles a day of a specific formula, one that has 24 calories per oz. Well I'm OK with one maybe two a day for awhile to see if that helps but not 4. I do feel she needs to gain a little better. But yesterday I tried again even with my milk and she's not taking the bottles, I've tried two kinds of Playtex, a tommee teepee and parents choice. Other problem is her PKU test came back saying she gas some kind if acid in balance which the Dr don't know what that is so he's re searching it plus in utero she only had two vessels instead of three so I'm thinking these issues may be behind her slow weight gain? I'm talking with a lc and will be going in to see her soon as well.
by on Apr. 27, 2013 at 9:29 AM
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by Nannerz on Apr. 27, 2013 at 9:56 AM
They should gain an AVERAGE of 1 lb per month.
Lowest weight 6 lbs 10 oz (which is possible it could have actually been much lower)
Weight at 3 months 9 lbs 4 oz. That's 6 oz under what it should be. Which isn't much, considering she may have lost a lot more weight than what you and they thought. Even at the 2 month, she still gained well. Did you have an IV during labor? Was baby born natural or csection?

I think you need to get a more bf friendly and knowledgeable doctor. If he right away tells you to supplement with all that formula, that right there tells you that he knows nothing about the difference between the weight gain of bf babies and formula babies.
by Group Admin -Tabitha on Apr. 27, 2013 at 9:57 AM
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SO she was 610 at her lowest and 3 months later is 9lbs 4 oz....thats not really bad at all, a tiny bit low but really not bad! Theres NO need for so much supplementing at all!  And yes if PKU came up strange THAt is her issue! Formula won't necessarily solve anything and COULD make it worse!!

PKU is a metabolic test and its very serious that you find out what the test said was wrong and see a specialist as soon as possible! Til then nurse nurse nurse, and watch diaper counts

by on Apr. 27, 2013 at 11:39 AM
We had her pku test re done yesterday and he said since its a re test they should know in a week or two. I'm not attempting formula yet, I'm working on getting her use to a bottle first with my milk, so like I just got her to finally take an oz and a half from bottle and now she's on the boob. So she will get extra feedings but with my milk till her next weigh in and if she's still not gaining good then I'll try one or two formula bottles a day
by on Apr. 27, 2013 at 11:49 AM
I would speak with someone specializing in PKU. I know that certain proteins can build up because PKU patients cannot process them properly. I know my cousins could not eat corn more than once a day, never could eat tuna, etc. Formula may make her way worse and you may need to change your diet while breastfeeding.
by on Apr. 27, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Um....I'm not really seeing the reason to jump to supplementation here.  She's a slow gainer but she's not horrible.  I'm also betting 6.10 wasn't her lowest.  I bet there's something lower in the chart...but maybe not so we will go off that.  

The 8.7 to 9.4...what was that time frame?

How is her latch?  How often is she eating?  How many wets and poops?  How old is she right now?

I'm not seeing "bad weight gain"...I'm seeing maybe a slow grower.

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