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    Unhappy baby weight loss

    My six month old dd lost 1.5 lbs between her 4m and 6m check up. I brought her in to the lactation consultant at the hospital and we feel she is only getting 1 oz per side per feeding? Any suggestions on increasing milk supply? Also, she is showing very little interest in solids (we just started this week). I am trying to find some way to bring her weight up. We tried the supplimental nursing system and she won't nurse with it. I nursed my older two without any problems until they were 17m? Any ideas welcome.

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    Hi There!

    It sounds like you're very concerned about your daughter's weight loss! Since you've successfully nursed two children in the past, it's probably something that can be easily remedied.

    I'm guessing since the LC set you up with a supplemental nursing system (SNS), that she was concerned about the weight loss? Since your baby refuses to nurse with the SNS, you might try offering the supplement to her by spoon or even sippy cup. There are some great soft-spout sippy cups on the market that are good for younger babies. Some babies this age can also learn to suck from a straw.

    If you do choose to supplement this way, it's very important that you offer the breast first. Allow your baby unlimited access to the breast during both day and night. Some mothers find it helpful to sleep with their babies for this reason.

    Here are a few articles that may help you in your situation:

    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/enough.html
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/frequency.html
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/increase.html
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/cosleep.html

    Please feel free to post back with any more questions you might have!
    Good luck!
    Jen
    "Mothers are designed to be available to their babies--to help them make the transition into this big, wide world. To teach them to trust, and love, and feel good about being alive."
    --Elizabeth N. Baldwin, Esq., So I Nursed Him Every 45 Minutes

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    Default Re: baby weight loss

    This may seem like an odd question, but was your baby weighed on the same scale both weigh-ins?

    Also, how is your baby's output (how many wet and dirty diapers in 24 hours)? Is she growing in length and head circumference? Can you tell us about your baby's nursing pattern?

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    Default Re: baby weight loss

    She gained 6 oz in two days, I feel so much better. I just keep nursing and nursing and nursing and pumping in between. She has taken a little cereal with formula in it also (when I get some milk on these in between pumpings I will add that instead). My supply must have been low for some reason and good old supply and demand has helped!! Thank you for having this board, I just wished I knew about it with my first two!! Keep up all the good work.

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    That is great new! You know that you can also mix the cereal with water if you do not want to use formula

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    Default Re: baby weight loss

    That's what I did for my other two, but I figured we were going for optimum calories for now to get her back up to weight.

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