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Thread: Enough diapers but slow weight gain = Low supply?

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    Default Enough diapers but slow weight gain = Low supply?

    I keep reading that if your LO has enough wet and dirty diapers, your supply is good. Can that still be true if their weight gain is slow?

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    Default Re: Enough diapers but slow weight gain = Low supply?

    Yes, some babies are just small! There are plenty of babies who get lots to eat yet remain at the lower end of the charts; it's just in their genes to be smaller kids. However, there are also some babies who take in only just enough to produce the minimum number of wet/poopy diapers but not enough to grow well. If you're concerned, take a careful look at diaper output. If baby is borderline when it comes to pee output, and the poops are consistently green/greenish-brown, rare, and scanty (closer to a stain on the diaper than a tablespoon-ful), then you may have reason to worry about intake.
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    Default Re: Enough diapers but slow weight gain = Low supply?

    I've got a lean daughter; she always measured small when she was new. Now that she is almost 14 months, she is showing that she is a lean and lanky girl. PP is right, it's just in your daughter's genes, try not to worry.
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    Default Re: Enough diapers but slow weight gain = Low supply?

    Thanks for the replies ladies!

    My son has always had adequate diapers (usually 6-7), but his weight gain has been slow (3-5 oz. per week). I mentioned this in a post on the NB forum and it was suggested that he wasn't eating often enough (only 6-7 times a day). For the past 5 days I have been waking him so he eats 8-10 times a day and his diaper output has increased to 9-10 per day.

    I wonder if he was just borderline like the PP mentioned. I am interested to see his weight this week.

    I am BFAR so am just in disbelief that I might have an adequate supply!

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