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2 week old won't take more than 1oz at a time help.

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Freyfreysmum Sun 25-Oct-09 10:13:34

DD2 was 10lb3.5, born 2 weeks ago tomoro. She is lovely in every way, and my 2yr old is adapting fantastically. Our problem is I am literally feeding her every 1.5hrs around the clock. I started breastfeeding her but due to the quantity she has etc we also offer her a bottle, some expressed, some aptamil. This set up worked really well with dd1. However, she is quite windy and literally after an oz is fast asleep for half an hour, then up and grizzly. If I leave it more than an hour she is hysterical and is sick with upset. I take her clothes off and change her nappy when she stops feeding to make sure she is as alert as possible. My mum thinks the slow flow teat should maybe be changed to a variflow and that I should force her to stay awake in the day to help me have more than 3 hours sleep at night. I know so many people are in similar boats and sleep deprived but would really appreciate your advice on past experiences.
We are off to a cranial osteopath a week on Fri.
x FFM

luciemule Sun 25-Oct-09 17:24:22

What is she like latching? Does she find it easy to attach to the breast and also, how does she find sucking the teat? Does she come off from both and seem to be messing about? Have you spoken to MW/HV about it and have they checked her tongue for tongue tie? The fact that she's never taken much could imply that there is something hampering her ability to take the feed (both FF and BF).
Sometimes, a weak suck if left unchecked, can get weaker and weaker (hence sleepy baby).

Could of course be something completely different but I'd get a lactation consultant perhaps to check for tongue tie. In the mean time, can you try to cup feed her using a lid of a bottle - just wrap her up under tha chin so it doesn't go everywhere and let her 'lap' the milk and see if she takes more. If yes, then it could be her tongue making it difficult to take breast/bottle.

rubyslippers Sun 25-Oct-09 17:31:03

My DD is 3 weeks old and feeds every 2 hours day and night (BF)

better to feed as soon as she starts to root rather than try to wait

there is no point forcing a baby to try to stay awake for longer in the day and this may well make her more upset

i do feel your pain - i am on my knees with tiredness

i agree her latch should be checked and maybe try a cup rather than a bottle as this may be affecting her latch when you breastfeed?

luciemule Sun 25-Oct-09 17:34:51

Agree with rubyslippers about feeding as soon as she seems to want it but also the thing that would concern me is that she's only taking one oz when she does feed.
She was a big baby at birth but what's her weight like now? Has she lost a lot over the last couple of weeks when the HV weighs her?

campion Sun 25-Oct-09 23:19:08

Do get her properly checked for tongue tie.
My niece had 6 weeks of hell with her DD earlier this year, no thanks to dopey HV who just encouraged her to 'keep trying'. Baby gained virtually zero and GP sent her straight to A&E when he saw her! Tongue tie was the problem and soon sorted and she piled on the weight.

When a baby's starving they're not happy!

luciemule Sun 25-Oct-09 23:32:56

The GP might say she iosn't tongue tied but it's very hard for midwives and GPs sometimes to find a posterior tt so make sure it's someone who knows what they're looking for and who has lots of experience. Aks to be referred to a specialist if you're not certain of their diagnosis.
You may be able to feel yourself; very gently run your baby finger laterally across the base of the tongue if you can. If there's a tight band at the base or if you can actually see the frenulum attached to the underside of the tip of the tongue, then it's quite likely.
For a 10lb baby not to want more than an ounce at a time is quite unusual I would think.

Freyfreysmum Tue 03-Nov-09 09:12:01

Hi all - update on Baby Ivy. Having taken her yesterday to a wonderful Osteopath (after seeing the GP Again and 2 x HVs Again) the osteopath took one look in her mouth and said she has tongue tie, and that my instincts were right.
I know I have been dismissed by the other professionals, because Ivy is putting on lots of weight, never dropped any after birth, etc. BUT, that does not negate the fact that I am feeding her 1oz just under every hour. We have tried 4 different bottle and teat types over the three weeks, having been told she is just colicky and to ride it out.
x

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