Hi to everybody out there.....
I have a ten week old son who doesn't gain weight properly....
To begin with my LO was 2.720 kg at the time of birth and after 6 days he became 2.430 kg and was hospitalized for neonatal jaundice. At the time of discharge he was 2.460 kg. I met with a lactation consultant in hospital and she found out that i had latching problem and the reason she said was that i have a huge breast and baby's mouth is small.....when i say small way too small for my big nipple to get an entry!!!
I was and still is a BF fan and i always wanted to feed my baby from my breast. At home i tried every possible way to latch properly and feed my baby. I was sitting with pillows all around me 24/7 waking up my sleepy baby and pushing him to feed. After a week he still didn't gain weight and doc lectured me abt failure to thrive and asked to supplement twice daily. I returned from the clinic with a very heavy heart and feeling extremely useless. But I was so scared since i have seen my mother losing 3 precious babies (as they were premature at 32 and 34 weeks). We had gone through a lot. I who had always boasted saying that i will never supplement my child had to take that difficult decision and started supplementing only once at night instead of twice. After 2 1/2 weeks my baby had gained 800 gs and was 3.230 kg at 5th week and had started suckling properly. So i stopped Formula started BF full time. Then came another issue......Low supply.........After endlessly feeding for three days without sleep finally i got my supply back. And I Was happily feeding my baby full all the 9-10 times he feeds.
He is excessively gassy and often have reflux from it. Finally at the eighth week as we went for check up regarding his reflux his weight was 3.600 kg. According to doc he had only gained 900 gs since birth in 8 weeks which is very less. Again he suggested to supplement with AR Formula. I was almost at the verge of screaming withagony.
Again with a heavy heart i supplemented him for 2 times per day 90 oz each for three days and by 9th week he was 4.000 kg....he gained 400 grams in that week!!!!. Since i didn't want to continue formula i stopped it altogether and BF only now. Again the weight is not going up in the tenth week. During his 10 week he was eating every 2 1/2 hours day time and from 4.00 pm till 4.00 am continuous feeding every 30 minutes. I was totally exhausted to a point of madness. But still i fed him 12 hours straight. On 4th day he was fine and slept for 4 hours at night from 12.30 t0 4.30 am. When i thought finally its over and may be its a growth spurt he started this again on 5th day and 6th day (that is yesterday). last two days he was having cold and was not able to suckle properly so i mostly pumped and fed him. And i am fed up of docs advice to give him formula.....i tried 4 different quite famous docs in the area and all of them said this. Since i wanted to check his weight gain and dnt want to go to the doc again for weight gain issue i bought a baby scale and weighed LO today. He has gained only 30 grams in last 7 days!!!!.
I am not understanding what is happening. I am trying my best so that i can BF my baby. I never go out for fear that i can not latch him discreetly in public. My parents had moved in with me to take care of me and my baby. I wake him up every 2-2.5 hours and feed. I can see that he is getting milk since he empties one breast and eat from the other half and falls asleep happily. I feed on demand be it day or night. He is wetting 7-8 nappies per day and pooping nicely thrice. His skin texture is good head is full of thick hair and nails needed to be trimmed every 5 days. He is very active ...i would thank god.... extra active and crossing his milestones way before the time. My Lo was 47 cm long at birth with head circumference 33 cm. At 8 weeks he was 52 cm and 38 cm.Yesterday at 10th week he is 54 cm long. But weight gain is very slow. I really do not know what to do and whom to ask for help. Is this 12 hrs of suckling a cluster feeding??? and is he having a growth spurt
?? If so why was there a break of 1 day in b/w??? Babies are supposed to gain weight during growth spurt right???
Why is he gaining so much less weight???? he is a very active baby and keep on moving his hands and legs vigorously and laugh at everything and every one. My mum is saying may be becoz he is very active he is gaining less weight........i don't know.....I am desperate and is on the verge of losing my sanity ......i really do hope someone in here has an answer for me.....and sorry for all this rambling
Thanks & Regards
Mum of Ihsan