Help for step-daughter
Hi all ... I'm an LLL Granny! My youngest nursling is now 21 and expecting her own in December. I also have 3 step-daughters, one of whom is nursing her newborn.
Her babe was born July 2 weighing 9 lbs 7 oz. BIG strong boy! Big strong suck too! Bless her heart, she has made it through some incredible nipple soreness and is sailing right along. But she had a pediatrician appointment today and got some not-so-good news - babe has not yet regained his birth weight, he weighed 9 lbs even. They want to see him again next week and if he isn't gaining, they will want to supplement.
She is eating and drinking well. Plenty of energy and other than the usual new mommy lack of sleep tiredness, she feels pretty good. Babe is having plenty of wet and dirty diapers and is nursing every 2 to 3 hours for at least 30 minutes. He is very alert and active, but is shaping up to be high need - must be held nearly constantly. (Reminds me of my youngest, whom I had to wear for the first 6 months!) Often the only way he will sleep for any length of time is at the breast.
I've told her to get extra rest and nurse for as long as possible. I'm encouraging her to be extra sure to get plenty of good quality protein and natural fats to eat (I still have my copy of Whole Foods for the Whole Family!) She lives here with her father and me, so has few household duties and we do the cooking, so she is getting good quality, nutritious meals, and can just lay in bed with baby for now, nursing and resting.
When her milk came in (in abundance!) she pumped several small bottles worth and froze it, so if we do need to supplement we can start out with that, and I will push for a tube system rather than a bottle. He refuses a pacifier, so I am not sure he would even take a bottle.
Any other suggestions? Any new tips or tricks to help babe gain some weight and keep the pediatrician happy?
LLL Grandma! My nurslings are 21, 24 and 25 ... I was a Leader back in the day (some of YOU were nurslings then!) Now I'm supporting my (step)daughters nursing their babes!