Re: 4 month old, fussy feeds, very slow weight gain.
If you're concerned about weight gain, starting rice cereal is the last thing you want to do. Rice cereal provides only "empty" calories; it's simple starch, without fat or protein. Breastmilk has way more calories per oz than cereal. Think about it this way: if you wanted to gain a few pounds, what would you eat, rice crackers or a milkshake? . There are a lot of other reasons why solids shouldn't be introduced at such a young age; you can read about them here: http://kellymom.com/nutrition/starti...s/solids-when/
I personally wouldn't worry about your diet unless you're seeing signs of allergy in your baby- things like bloody poops, excema, asthma, hives, etc. Fussiness is very normal baby behavior and if it has a cause, I'd be looking to teething or an ear infection to explain it, not your diet. When a baby has a problem with something in mom's diet, the usual culprits are cow's milk proteins (most common), wheat, and soy (less common). How long it takes for a baby to be bothered by something mom eats is variable, but usually it occurs within a few hours (with the exception of alcohol, which tends to be present very rapidly, and gone just as fast). Youay be interested in this link on diet and breastfeeding: http://kellymom.com/nutrition/mothers-diet/mom-diet/
These links on weight gain are interesting:
If you check out the charts in that last link, you'll see that your baby is very much on the small side, and has been all along. That may be completely normal: some kids are just small! And healthy babies come in all shapes and sizes: statistically speaking, there are just as many healthy babies in the 1st percentile as there are in the 99th. The fact that your other 2 kids are on the small side suggests that you may just have small genes in your pool. But since you're concerned, here are some thing you may want to do:
- Take baby to the doc, have him checked for teething and an ear infection or other illness (which could be causing the decreased nursing and fussiness)
- Nurse more often!!!
- If baby is sleeping through the night, stop letting him do that- many babies will take in several extra feedings over the course of the night and that can be great for weight gain
- Review your birth control choices- hormonal contraception can negatively impact milk supply
- Make sure you're not pregnant, since pregnancy is another thing that can explain supply problems
Last edited by @llli*mommal; October 2nd, 2012 at 06:50 AM.
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