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  1. #11
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    well, let us know what the LC says. The problem with gaining so little weight (really breastfed babies usually gain very well- 5-7 ounces a week in the first 4 months. if weight gain slows after that it's very normal, but in the newborn period she should be gaining) is that the brain is growing right now. how is her head circumference and length?
    Mama to five beautiful kids- 9, 8, 3, 2 and currently nursing our new baby girl born 1/20/2013


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    My DD was also diagnosed as FTT so I understand the stress and shock that comes with that diagnosis. Don't let it rattle you ... there are varying degrees. Trust your instinct and just put more effort into nursing. One thing to remember is that IT TAKES TIME to come out of a FTT diagnosis. Pay attention to the wet and poopy diapers and really offer the breast as often as possible. Stay bare chested when you snuggle if they don't latch right away.

    I agree with a previous poster to nurse very frequently (minimum every 2 hours while awake and 4 hours while sleeping) until weight gain is good. I think after they hit 10 pounds you can go a bit longer between feedings. We used the itzbeen timer and just set an alarm. It was hard but persistence is key. I would also let DD sleep at my breast and nurse and suckle as needed during the day while I was camped at my computer.

    I am NO doctor here but I think pumping and feeding with bottle might affect your supply. A baby at the breast will really help your supply if that is the issue in question. I agree with another poster here that said it would be better to get a very sensitive scale and weigh your baby before and after feedings.
    being a SAHM to DD born 12/09

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*trishb View Post
    She has shown a reaction to soybean oil, so no Alimentum for her.I wish I would have checked the label before I got home. I will ask the LC about it today. I would be more worried about my daughter if she wasn't meeting all of her milestones.
    But I also haven't heard you indicate that your supply is low, which means that if she is truly FTT that it would more likely be a problem with your baby. Absorption or something. So formula might slow down digestion and leave the "weight" in her longer, it's just a bandaid. It's not finding the real issue and in my not scientific opinion it is counter productive. I think you need to look at her gut, either in the form of allergies or reflux, which can be severe enough to inhibit absorption and therefore greatly slow growth.

    Hopefully the LC will have some advice for you. I would also think about getting some referrals to specialists. Just giving formula is not finding out what the issue is.
    If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. - Katharine Hepburn

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    I have no issues with my supply. I used to have an oversupply, but it leveled out. The LC said I should give her the Alimentum since that's what her pedi said. She was also not too thrilled that Abbie only took in 1.1oz at the office. I told her that she eats better in a quiet place and she ate just before we left since I did not know how long it would take to be seen (it's been well over an hour before). She told me to keep pumping to get my supply up and she couldn't see anything wrong with Abbie's suck or latch. We have another weight check at the pedi office in the AM and I am not too thrilled about it. I plan on letting them know that if they do not want to refer her out and/or do testing before sending her to the hospital, I will find a pedi who will. I'm sick of the games and feeling like they think I'm an unintelligent, uneducated and ill informed mother.

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    Honestly, what I'd be doing while you are getting this sorted is renting a scale. I'd weigh her before and after feeds and supplement if she does not take in enough. This way you know if the issue is that for some reason she's not taking in enough. And if she is, and still isn't gaining, you know it's an issue with her that needs to be explored.
    Mama to five beautiful kids- 9, 8, 3, 2 and currently nursing our new baby girl born 1/20/2013


    "It should not be necessary to tell reasonably intelligent mammals to suckle and not dismember their neonates." ~Susan Blustein

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    I have a weigh to grow infant scale. It is very accurate (always reads what the one at the pedi reads). I have done before and after weights and she takes 2-4oz each feeding and eats 8+ times per day. I've done this different times and different days.

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    ah ok. well, I hope the docs can figure out what the issue is. If he just wants to push formula then I'd find a different doc.
    Mama to five beautiful kids- 9, 8, 3, 2 and currently nursing our new baby girl born 1/20/2013


    "It should not be necessary to tell reasonably intelligent mammals to suckle and not dismember their neonates." ~Susan Blustein

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    Even if you are comfortable with using formula, FTT is a big deal, especially at this age. A second opinion is always a good idea. Get it. If for nothing else but to make yourself feel more confident with a diagnosis.
    If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. - Katharine Hepburn

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    I'm glad you're getting a new doctor. I think that the first thing they would want to do to check how much she is getting would be to weigh her before and after. Going to formula just to see how much she's taking in seems more than extreme. The double cream idea sounds like a good one that has worked for other posters. That does sound like a very low weight though and I wish you the best of luck. Hopefully you will get some good answers soon.

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    DD gained 2.2oz in 2 days. Nothing changed. No formula at all. She goes to see the pedi in the am (he called from the other office today) to see what is next. I plan on letting him know that if he will not send her for testing, I will take her to a pedi who will. I feel like I should be asking him for gas money since doing what he wanted me to do for her (appts and wic) have made me drive a ton in the last week.

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