Re: Failure to thrive - thoughts?
Can you give us a full weight history for the baby?
Also, any chance that baby has been weighed improperly- using different scales at different visits, weighing baby in the nude versus weighing baby clothed?
The literature from the clinic about water is incorrect. Breastfed babies typically need either no or little water until closer to a year; as long as they are nursed on demand breastmilk alone meets their fluid requirements.
Nursing just 6x per day is on the low side for a 6 month old baby. Most babies require at least 8 nursing sessions in order to get their calorie needs met. I think the simplest, perhaps easiest way to get more calories into your baby is to nurse more, and nighttime would be the perfect time to cram in some more sessions. How about starting by adding a dream-feed right before you go to bed?
Would you consider putting baby in bed with you, or in a co-sleeper crib right next to your bed? Babies who co-sleep often wake a little more often, because mom and her milk are both right there. It's like how I can't pass an open box of cookies without taking one... Also, if baby is right there, you might catch some very early, very subtle cues, indicating that the baby is transitioning into a lighter stage of sleep and is perhaps a little hungry.
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