Re: Help with 2 week old
Oh, rats! I hate it when a new mama has to hear the confidence-sabotaging "Your baby isn't gaining well enough, your only course is to supplement with formula". IMO, it's a failure on the doctor's part- the first thing that should be done is to refer the mama to a lactation consultant, preferably one who is an IBCLC. If there is a problem with nursing, the IBCLC is the one to helpyoufigure out what that problem is and how to solve it.
So my first piece of advice would be to seek some hands-on help! There is nothing better when you have a nursing issue with a newborn.
Can you please post the following:
1. A complete weight history on your baby (birth weight, lowest weight, weight at each checkup)
2. Tell us about how often your baby nurses on a given day
3. Tell us how many wet and poopy diapers your baby produces in a day
4. Describe your baby's poops (color, consistency- don't be afraid to be graphic!)
5. Tell us about your birth- in particular, did you have IV fluids, a lot of blood loss, or a cesarean section?
6. Tell us if you are using any artificial nipples- both bottles and pacifiers
7. Tell us if your baby is at all jaundiced
8. Describe your baby's nursing behavior at the breast- does he fall asleep rather quickly? Do you hear plenty of swallowing when he nurses?
9. Tell us about any health issues you may have, in particular thyroid problems or PCOS
10. Let us know if you are currently using contraception, and if so, what kind?
The answers to these questions may help us help you figure out what, if anything, is going on.
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