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oh ffs he has lost weight again - can't i ever get this right?

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ObsidianBlackbirdMcNight Thu 23-Oct-08 09:12:18

ok so after merrily reducing formula, he seems full and satisfied after bf, alert, playing, bright eyes, no sickness, wet nappies etc...but has lost 2oz in 9 days. grown 3cm tho.

i just want to bf my baby properly

tiktok Thu 23-Oct-08 09:20:49

kat, I can't find your previous posts to fill in the details....have you used a different name?

berolina Thu 23-Oct-08 09:21:53

How old? History? Are you getting pressure re weight gain/loss?

You sound so discouraged 3cm is certainly good growth.

ObsidianBlackbirdMcNight Thu 23-Oct-08 11:03:16

no, same name...

history is...weighed 7lb 4 at birth. had trouble establishing bf and at day 5 weighed 6lb 4 - lost 17% bw. started giving fm as well as expressing and offering breast. very proud that got bf going again and was giving 6 x 60mls fm after each feed (i mean one per feed)

gained 10oz in one week, then 4oz, was 7lb 7. weighed again today, 7lb 5 - lost 2oz in 9 days. growing lengthways fine.

i bf on demand, he feeds for 30 - 90 mins at a time, i offer each breast etc. he is awake most of day and sleeps 4 - 5 hrs solid at night, wakes for feed and will usually sleep bit more (co-sleeping)

latch is fine. i can't express much, but not too worried about that. will try hand ex instead.

i've done everything i was advised...cut down on fm in the last week gradually to 2 per day as he seems satisfied after bf -yest it trook me ages to get 60ml fm down him as he was full! what should i do?

oh - not getting pressure yet as everything else is ok...but it's a matter of time.

tiktok Thu 23-Oct-08 11:10:53

Thanks, Kat. I can understand yr concern. Difficult to draw any conclusions with just one weight - too many things can lead to inaccuracies - but it's sensible to have him weighed again soon to get a better picture.

Feeding on demand may not be the way to treat babies in your situation - they don't demand enough So it's often better to take the initiative, and just feed as often as you can - every time he he awake, offer the breast, keeping him close to you, in your arms, so you can tell when he might be interested Switch nurse - that is, switch him from side to side, again and again, and use breast compresion t keep him interested.

On the face of it, and bearing in mind the 'health warning' of drawing any conclusion from one weight, your supply still needs to overcome the bad start, and it has not bounced back yet. Hope you are getting good real life help.

ObsidianBlackbirdMcNight Thu 23-Oct-08 11:28:46

thanks. i do stick my boobs in his face at any opportunity so it is more than demand i suppose. he's not hungry enough i think - it's been 3 hours since last feed and he's not very hungry - but i will try compression. thanks...just have to persevere i suppose!

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