Re: Newborn Weight Gain
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby!
When a baby is 2 weeks old and hasn't yet regained her birthweight, that is cause for taking a good hard look at breastfeeding and figuring out what is going on. There are some perfectly innocuous reasons for a baby being slow to gain, like differences in calibration between scales or baby being weighed in a diaper and clothes at one visit and in the nude at the next. Also, if the mom had IV fluids during her birth, that can result in a birthweight which is artificially inflated.
If you can rule all those possibilities out, then you come up against another set of possible explanations for slow weight gain. A poor latch, a tongue tie, an excessively sleepy or jaundiced baby, a slow start to milk production, mom limiting time at the breast or nursing according to a schedule- those are all common causes for slow weight gain. I suggest seeing a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC, for help in figuring out if any of those possibilities are at fault.
Some questions for you:
- How does nursing feel? Any pain, blistering, cracking?
- How often does baby nurse in a 24 hour period?
- Does baby often fall asleep at the breast, perhaps within a short time of beginning to nurse?
- When baby nurses, do you hear lots of swallowing?
- When did you notice your milk coming in?
- When baby poops, what color are the poops? And how many times a day does baby produce a poop?
If you must supplement, then you want to do the following:
- See an IBCLC
- Nurse more often
- Supplement with your own milk, not formula
- Supplement in a breastfeeding-friendly way (i.e. probably not with a bottle, since bottle introduction is supposed to be delayed until 4-6 weeks- sorry I don't know if this jibes with your return to the workplace!)-
- Possibly use a professional baby scale (you can probably rent this from your IBCLC), so that you can do before and after nursing weights, allowing you to know when baby has taken in sufficient milk at the breast and does not require a supplement
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