I am worried.
Baby was born 19th Feb at 7lb 1oz. He was c-section at 37 weeks (I had gestational diabetes). In the early days he had issues with jaundice and low blood sugar (not unexpected, I had this with my older boy).
He seems to feed well. He pees vast amounts and poos reasonable amounts. But while he's never stopped gaining weight he is dropping through percentiles and I am worried.
It's been a slow drop through percentiles (his curve is just very shallow). At three and a half months he's now at 5410g.
I am breastfeeding all I can during the day, honestly - whenever he seems interested. Occasionally it has to be paused and resumed because I have to go deal with my toddler but I can't help that. He falls asleep about 9PM and then usually sleeps until 5AM - I've tried waking him for a feed before that but he's usually groggy, sleepy and uncooperative until he is ready to wake up. I'm expressing last thing at night and after first feed in the morning for extra milk to supplement. The thing is, I'm not even opposed to extra formula to supplement but he is not all that interested. He'll take maybe 150ml extra milk over the day out of a bottle - he refused bottles entirely until I switched brands. Some days I end up having to chuck out breastmilk I warmed that he never finished even.
He's a very snuffly baby which might be putting him off feeding some - they did briefly mutter about potential relaxed larynx at some point then never mentioned it again. He's also a bit windy/refluxy which means I'm reluctant to try any herbal supplements as they can make reflux worse. Also we had a brief and very exciting stay in hospital for three days a couple of weeks ago after he caught a virus off his brother and got a fever which wouldn't go down. All of these things might be contributing.
He does not seem hungry. He's bright-eyed, smily and chatty. But he DOES seem ridiculously skinny. He's not short - 61cm long - and I literally cannot find clothes that fit his long skinny body. My mother is all "have you tried more formula" and I CHEERFULLY would except this child would stubbornly lose weight rather than take more out of a bottle. The HV says not to worry, she's not too concerned, just try to feed more but I CANNOT feed more than I am doing and meanwhile I am watching him drop percentiles and reading the This Is Bad text in the little red book and wondering when she would be concerned.
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The HV says not to worry but..
swg1 · 02/06/2016 23:46
I am worried.
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