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Baby Not Growing - How Do I Make My Breastmilk Richer?

Posted by on Sep. 9, 2009 at 8:54 AM
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My 5 month old baby eats constantly - BF exclusively every 1 1/2 hours, but not growing fast enough.  She was 4 lbs 11 oz at birth, and is now 11lbs 12 oz.  Doc said she should be at least 12 lbs by now.  Doctor said my milk may be nutritionally depleted because she is eating so often.  She told me to drink water to increase supply, and give one formula feeding and cereal to hold her off so my milk can build up for next time.  But my baby gags on formula (tried Enfamil - disgusting!).  So, any advice on what I can do to increase the richness of my milk or suggestions on a formula to supplement with that won't make her gag?

by on Sep. 9, 2009 at 8:54 AM
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Emschick38
by on Sep. 9, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Do you feel that your baby is no growing right?

I dont think that you should supplement. 

The average breastfed baby doubles birth weight by 3-4 months. By one year, the typical breastfed baby will weigh about 2 1/2 - 3 times birth weight.  ( www.Kellymom.com) 

check out this page.

http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/growth/weight-gain-calculator.html

ms.marlena
by on Sep. 9, 2009 at 12:57 PM


Quoting JennyMom3:

My 5 month old baby eats constantly - BF exclusively every 1 1/2 hours, but not growing fast enough.  She was 4 lbs 11 oz at birth, and is now 11lbs 12 oz.  Doc said she should be at least 12 lbs by now.  Doctor said my milk may be nutritionally depleted because she is eating so often.  She told me to drink water to increase supply, and give one formula feeding and cereal to hold her off so my milk can build up for next time.  But my baby gags on formula (tried Enfamil - disgusting!).  So, any advice on what I can do to increase the richness of my milk or suggestions on a formula to supplement with that won't make her gag?

WRONG...Feed on demand, let baby nurse nice and long on one side before switching so that she can get lots of hind milk.   Breastfed babies double birthweight between 5 and 6 months, your little girl is actually almost there (16 ounces equal 1 pound) .

MyJordyLu
by on Sep. 9, 2009 at 12:59 PM

Your baby is only a couple ounces away from being 12 lbs.

gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Sep. 9, 2009 at 1:53 PM
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Responded in the other forum...your baby IS growing an astoundingly huge amount. Triple birthweight already? She's HUGE considering where she started!

You need a new doc, nothing more.

milliemoo
by on Sep. 12, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Hi,

 

Just eat a balanced diet & try to include high/healthy fat foods like olive oil, avocados, almonds.  Your breastmilk IS the perfect food for your baby as long as you are eating a good healthy diet and taking care of yourself all should be well.  Your doctor sounds like a terd.   That is amazing growth - only a few ounces away from 12 pounds.  Good job momma!

 

 

garcia1120
by on Sep. 13, 2009 at 1:18 AM

The doctor is absolutely ridiculous!!! My son weighed 7lbs 11oz when he was born, he now weighs a little over 15lbs at 7 months. The pediatrician said he was absolutely perfect!! The WIC office did tell me he was underweight, but as long as he's healthy (which he is) idc what anybody tells me about it!! 

Hottubgodess
by Gold Member on Sep. 13, 2009 at 11:41 AM
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Ok, let me start by asking - are you a small person?  Is your DH a small person?  If so , your doc is an idiot. 

Quoting JennyMom3:

My 5 month old baby eats constantly - BF exclusively every 1 1/2 hours, but not growing fast enough.  She was 4 lbs 11 oz at birth, and is now 11lbs 12 oz. 

Good growth..  Is she hitting all her milestones?  Is she peeing and pooping enough?  Then she is fine. :)

Doc said she should be at least 12 lbs by now. 

Weight charts are based on FF babies, not BM babies.  And they are AVERAGES, meaning that some babies are bigger, some are smaller. Your doc sounds like the typical pedi who expects everyone to be OVER the average.  Not statistically possible.

Doctor said my milk may be nutritionally depleted because she is eating so often.

This comment is a BIG RED FLAG to me....she does not understand lactation.  Sorry

  She told me to drink water to increase supply, and give one formula feeding and cereal to hold her off so my milk can build up for next time. 

BF is a supply demand issue.  No demand (FF) no supply.  She is sabotaging your supply and breastfeeding.

But my baby gags on formula (tried Enfamil - disgusting!). 

Smart baby!

So, any advice on what I can do to increase the richness of my milk or suggestions on a formula to supplement with that won't make her gag?

Yeah......fire your doc!  Seriously, she does not understand the mechanics of BF one bit.  She is setting you up for classic failure (your not good enough for your baby, the med companies know best, you know!)  But honestly, if you like her for well baby stuff, keep her, but ignore the bf advice. 


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SunshneDaydream
by Bronze Member on Sep. 14, 2009 at 8:32 AM


Quoting Hottubgodess:

 

 

Weight charts are based on FF babies, not BM babies.  And they are AVERAGES, meaning that some babies are bigger, some are smaller. Your doc sounds like the typical pedi who expects everyone to be OVER the average.  Not statistically possible.

 

Agreed.  Eat a healthy diet, and eat enough to keep up with her nursing!  My 8 month old still nurses ever 1.5-2 hours and I'm pretty much eating all day long!  Breastfeeding burns 500 calories a day so you need to make sure you're getting MORE than you normally would.    But she is growing fine.  Docs always want babies to fat for some reason.  I don't think you should neccessarily FIRE her, just don't listen to her on feeding advice.  Ask us for that :)  Or an IBCLC if there's a problem. 

Anyway, eat healthy, drink water, nurse on-demand, and don't listen to pediatricians :)

ranchmomma
by on Sep. 10, 2010 at 12:40 AM
Did your mom or grandmothers have any problems with nursing? I've ham trouble with my oldestp 3 kids and an finally having success with MY baby. My mom had all kinds of trouble and so have all 3 of my sisters. I would try just increasing your supply 1st. My 4yr old daughter was 6lbs 3oz and is now all of 35lbs, she didn't weigh 12lbs at 5 months eithe7 was just under has akways been in the 25th % for weight. I've also learned through my research and talking to a lactation specialist that its very normal for a baby that age to want to nurse more often, even every hour or 2 when growing. so she may just be growing.
For formula though try similac gentle ease, we had to use that with my 2month old, there is less lactatoce in it and they break down the protein more so its more gentle on babies tummy
Good luck momma
mnt_2_b_mommy
by on Sep. 10, 2010 at 1:01 AM

Wow your DD is growing great!! I agree with the other ladies, just keep BFing on demand and ignore the doctor's advice. Besides, giving cereal will fill her up and she will likely nurse less, which is not what you want.

DD is 6 months and weighed 12 lbs 15 oz at her 6 month appt. Birth weight was 6 lbs 2 oz, so she has doubled her birth weight with a little to spare. DR is happy with her growth although she did go from 10th to 5th percentile so we are watching that. ONLY reason that is an issue for us is because DS has medical issues and poor gain was the first sign, so we are keeping a close eye on DD. Your baby sounds fine!

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