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Please advise.....I'm panicking over baby's weight gain following midwife appointment

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Excited2meetmyprincess Thu 28-Nov-13 13:53:26

I don't know if this is in the right place. My little girl was born with a cleft pallet so is still seeing the nurses on a regular basis.
She is doing well with her feeds (or so I thought) and takes around 60-90mls per bottle. In total she gets about 400mls a day but we try and push her to the 450mls.
The nurse has just been to weigh her and she is 1oz under her birth weight and they said if she doesn't gain it by Tuesday they are taking her back to hospital!! Obviously I don't want that bit I don't know what to do because she will not take anymore than she is and when I have forced it she has vomited.
In total she has gains 5oz since leaving hospital 13 days ago.
Should I be worried or are they being overly cautious?? X

Mogz Thu 28-Nov-13 18:01:17

Have they given you any advice on how to up her calorie intake other than trying to get her to drink more? It seems counter intuitive to try to force her to take more if she then brings it all up again.
I think you can ask the doctor for a prescription, or advice on where to buy, high calorie formula for under weight babies.
Best of luck with your gorgeous girl, I do hope she can avoid a hospital stay.

Excited2meetmyprincess Fri 29-Nov-13 09:01:27

At the moment they are so focused on the amount she is taking they are talking about putting her feeding tube back in but she gets so distressed when they do that, that she then won't take bottles at all (they were doing bottle feeds and topping up by tube before) so then she falls further behind with her bottles.
I am going to ask about higher calorie milk as think this would really benefit her more. She is so much more settled at home I really don't want her going back to hospital and neither does her cleft specialist x

Mogz Fri 29-Nov-13 12:07:34

Poor little mite, hope you can work with the health profs to sort out the best thing for you both.

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