Re: Not gaining waight properly?
When a doc suggests using formula, he/she is generally supposing that the cause for the slow weight gain is inadequate milk intake. If the baby is taking in enough milk, formula won't fix things, since breastmilk generally has more calories than formula!
Some things to consider as possible causes of low weight gain:
- Reflux. Babies with acid reflux sometimes fail to gain weight because using their digestive system hurts. http://kellymom.com/babyconcerns/reflux.html
- Anemia. I have read that lack of iron can cause slowed growth. A simple blood test for iron levels would rule this in/out.
- Non-demanding baby. There are some rare babies that just don't ask to eat. In those cases, mom must take the lead and offer to nurse more than the baby seems to want.
- Genetics. Sometimes babies are just naturally small- if you and the baby's dad are small people, it could be that your baby is just programmed to be little. Being in the 1%ile isn't bad as long as it's a healthy 1%ile.
Suggestions for increasing weight gain:
- Nurse more frequently
- Take away the pacifier, if you are using one (you want baby to do all his sucking at the breast)
- Consider sleeping with your baby if you are not already doing so. Babies who nurse at night can take in a lot of calories.
- Daily multivitamin? (Talk to your doc.)
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