5 week old, FTM, reassurance please

(10 Posts)
Missfrumpsalot Sat 09-Nov-13 15:10:02

First ever topic on MN... that's the pickle I've got myself into.
I have a beautiful baby girl who was 5 weeks yesterday.
She has a touch of oral thrush and is on Nystan but is still feeding well. We saw the HV yesterday as the GP wanted to check she had gained some weight this week while the thrush cleared up and while she wasn't due a weigh in I went, she's gained 3ozs in the week but I was made to feel awful as she's dropped down on the percentile charts. I've extended the length of her feeds as much as I can (feet tickling, changing etc) she's still feeding every 2.5-3 hours.

We've popped into town today and in the way home she was very very sick. It was probably 20-30minutes after her feed yet she demanded more when we came home. She's brought some (all?) of it up and very windy from the other end.

She's asleep now, but I can't help getting in a tiz.

* how do you know the difference between posseting and vomit (it has a bit of a ready brek texture)
* is it my fault for having a curry last night
* should I have not fed her on.demand when we came home?

Any advice?

Thanks in advance

tiktok Sat 09-Nov-13 15:25:17

Missfrumps, sorry you are worried - sounds like you need a dose of confidence smile

Can you give more info about where she is on the charts?

It's frequency of feeds that drives volume of milk into baby, not length of feeds.

Just increase the no. of times you offer and the number of sides you offer each time, rather than doing to feet tickle thing....if you feel she needs more milk.

All babies bring feeds back at some time - prob a coincidence you had a curry to be honest.

Missfrumpsalot Sat 09-Nov-13 15:33:33

Thank you, I'm sat here looking at her sleep trying not to worry. She was 6'8 at birth, back to birth weight at 2weeks then 6'10 at 4weeks and now 6'13.

She's gone from pretty much on the 9th to the 0.4th. The HV was really unnerving and although I went straight to the BF clinic I've taken a real confidence beating. I wish I'd not gone and waited until next week. It just feels like I'm failing her especially after today.

tiktok Sat 09-Nov-13 17:54:42

OK, how would it be to up the frequency of feeds, offering at least two sides each time, and trying out breast compression (google it) ? All of those increase the milk that gets into the baby smile

Missfrumpsalot Sat 09-Nov-13 17:59:19

Will google now. Thank you, need to stay positive and not get disheartened.

Creamtea1 Sat 09-Nov-13 19:40:40

Just to add I was given nystan for my dd at 5 weeks too and I stopped it after 2 days as it made her projectile vomit - that was about 20 mins after a feed too- so could have been that which made her sick?

Missfrumpsalot Sat 09-Nov-13 20:00:38

That could be it. I managed to keep one feed down but the next one was close to a dose and she's just been sick. I'll call the GP Monday to see what other options there are... I think its giving her extra wind too.

Creamtea1 Sat 09-Nov-13 22:31:23

I bet that is it. You said the thrush is mild - does it seem to be bothering her? It wasn't bothering my dd so I stopped the nystan. And when she went for her 6 week check another doctor said it wasn't thrush anyway!

Missfrumpsalot Sun 10-Nov-13 10:33:24

She was really dribbly and it effected her latch but she seems.okay now. I've got our check next week.so will ask then. She's been a bit sicky today but nothing as bad as yesterday. Fingers crossed. Its so hard not to panic. I hope it gets easier soon.

Creamtea1 Sun 10-Nov-13 11:05:16

I promise it does - you're probably coming up to the 6 week growth spurt too so hang on in there and as you get to 7/8 weeks you will notice it calm down a bit.
I had the same dribbly/fussiness with my dd too. I've been having a pro biotic drink thing every day too as that's supposed to help combat thrush.

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