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    Default Need help! Supply, baby's weight etc.

    I need some help on various issues...

    First, I don't know what's going on with my supply. I had OS until about 9 months. After baby started to STTN, my supply regulated and my period came back, with no issues.

    Now baby is 12 months and I got my third menstrual cycle. My supply dipped a lot this time around. The dip began when I ovulated. I'm now on day 3 of the period but the supply is not back up. I added a couple extra nursing sessions in the last few days to no avail. (We'd been nursing 4 times a day, now we're nursing 5-6).

    This wouldn't worry me so much if it weren't for the other two issues with which I also need help:

    1) Baby won't drink from a cup, or sippy cup, or bottle, or anything other than my breasts. She never had a bottle, and I've been trying to introduce a sippy for the last couple of months with no success. It's like she doesn't conceive that liquid can come from anywhere other than me. She even puts the sippy to her lips, but doesn't open the lips. I've tried all kinds of sippys (hard spout, soft spout, straw).

    2) Baby's weight gain wasn't great in the last 3 months. She gained really well in her first 9 months (from 6lb2oz at birth to 19lb13oz at 9 months; height was in 90% percentile then). Then at 12 months she was 19lb9oz and only grew about an inch in height.

    At around 9 months she started to eat more solids and to crawl and move much more. She was eating mostly meats, fruits and vegetables with a little rice cereal.

    After her 12-month visit, I've vamped up her diet with more starches and fats, and introduced dairy and eggs. Her dr wants to weigh her again in 6 weeks.

    She is a happy, healthy and lively baby.

    If you have suggestions on any (or all) of the issues above, please reply. I've been so anxious and concerned. And I don't understand why my breasts are not responding to more nursing sessions--I had such an OS for the longest time!
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    Default Re: Need help! Supply, baby's weight etc.

    hi there mamas... no thoughts on any of this?... my babysitter told me that my little girl is the first baby she's seen who doesn't put stuff in her mouth or take in the sippy/straw/bottle when offered. she said maybe my breastfeeding connection to her is too strong (?!?!?! what does this even mean?)

    anyway... my baby really doesn't put anything in her mouth, food or otherwise. not even when teething (my nipple is her teether--but it's OK, she's kind to it and never bit me). she doesn't self-feed. she does hold a spoon, and will dip in the bowl of food and bring it to her mouth, but doesn't open the mouth. she'll bring the sippy to her mouth and doesn't open her lips. she only opens her mouth if i feed her with a spoon, or for my breasts.

    i see all the posts here about teeth brushing... needless to say all my attempts ended in tears and no success (she keeps her lips closed shut and flails her arms--she's strong and stubborn).

    when i offer her finger foods or a sippy, she pulls her face away. she likes her food moist and soft (noodles, shredded meats, soft pieces of vegetables--i can tell she barely chews any of it from her poops). she's a late teether, only has four front teeth (top and bottom) and they're not all the way out.

    i am sorry for rambling. i am worried about her and i feel like i did something wrong, or perhaps that i neglected to do something at some point in the past that would have prevented this. i've been offering finger foods since she was 9 months old. maybe i should have started earlier? i want her to develop well (and i want to make sure she'll drink water, and drink milk when i'm back to work in the fall, and have her teeth brushed).

    any words of encouragement from someone who's been through something similar (and has a happy ending to tell ) would be appreciated.
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    i love my little one

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    Default Re: Need help! Supply, baby's weight etc.

    Maybe she has a texture issue. My daughter did eat more than that but refused any solid food until 12 months..she would gag until she made herself throw up. Her doctor told me to keep trying and that eventually she would get it...and she did. On her 1st birthday she decided to grab the cheese off of my husbands pizza and has been eating ever since. I would probably try a regular cup with her...a plastic one and tip it toward her mouth with some of your milk in it. If that goes over well, or you don't want to take a chance of spilling any liquid gold...you can try water that way also. As far as the teeth brushing...my daughter is almost 20 months old and still fights me with the toothbrush...I mean, a complete temper tantrum with screaming and tears...every time. Her dentist told me to wrap her legs around my waist with her facing me while sitting on the couch and to lay her back. It doesn't exactly solve the problem but it does make it a bit easier since she can't flip over (easily). My daughter didn't get any teeth until 10 months and then they all started coming in at once. I rely on my local lactation office at our hospital to answer questions and offer support...do you have any lactation specialists available? Sorry I can't be more help.... When all else fails I always say..l.just go with your mommy instincts. My daughter was only 22.4 lbs at her 18 month visit and was 8lbs 7oz at birth. I also think that their height does not jump as much as it did in the first year after they turn one. <<Sending hugs>>
    Jaime
    First time mommy to Lucy Madison, born 8/25/2010.

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    Default Re: Need help! Supply, baby's weight etc.

    thank you, Jaime. Your answer DOES help a lot! (the hugs help too!)

    I think she does have a texture issue. I've put a few more solid things in her mouth using a spoon (to trick her)--puffs, pieces of Baby Mum Mum--and she freaks out. My mom instinct tells me it's developmental and she's just not ready yet for more solid foods. I remember that as a child I didn't like any foods that were too dry, say, like a piece of grilled chicken breast just on its own--I found them so hard to chew and swallow. I used to gag and almost choke on melted cheese, too. I think I have a small throat and strong gag reflex, and maybe she gets it from me...

    As for the cup, I partly blame myself for not insisting on a bottle when she was very little. I knew about the window of opportunity for bottles, but I didn't know that it would affect drinking from a cup so much later. I will try with my milk. So far I only tried with water, and I know she doesn't like the taste (I tried spoonfeeding her water and she didn't like it).

    And I will try the teeth brushing position you described! I'll probably enlist my husband's help. My daughter is so strong and agile and moves so much. Sometimes I'm afraid I'll hurt her if I try to contain her.

    As for an LC.... I used to have an AWESOME one back in Northern Cal, but I moved to the East Coast in the summer and haven't seen one since.

    thanks for the help!
    march 2011... the light of my life

    i love my little one

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    Default Re: Need help! Supply, baby's weight etc.

    One way to deal wiht tooth brushing is to not use a toothbrush- just get in there with a clean wet washcloth and wipe the teeth down. It's often less traumatic for baby to have a finger go in her mouth than a brush. You could also let her brush her teeth along with you. She may learn better by watching and imitating.

    I don't see anything wrong with your baby's growth pattern. As long as you are nursing on demand, your milk is capable of meeting pretty much all her nutritional needs. Many babies continue to be mostly breastfed until well into their second year, and many are not interested in solids until well after they turn one. Both my kids didn't eat much solid food until 14-15 months.

    It's very normal for weight gain and growth in general to slow as baby goes through her second 6 months. Once a baby is mobile, she starts putting her calories into motion instead of layering them on as fat. This is normal for a breastfed baby- but formula-fed babies show the opposite pattern (relatively lean in the first 6 months, relatively fat in the second 6). Often docs measure breastfed babies on charts developed using data from formula-fed babies, and this can result in the breastfed baby looking "too fat" in the first 6 months and "too skinny" in the second 6.
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