Hi, I have just jointed the LLLI forums tonight. I hope to find a local LC for some added support.
I have been concerned in the back of my mind about the slow weight gain of my 2 month old daughter. She will be going to her 2 month check up in 2 weeks. Her birth weight was 6#11 oz at 3 weeks early. She was 6# 4oz when she left the hospital. At her 5 day check up...I'm not sure, but I believe she was about 6# 8 oz or less. At her one month check up she was 7# 4 oz.
Tonight I took her to the doctor because I was concerned she might have an ear infection. It was either that or ANOTHER growth spurt. She just went through a growth spurt last week. She would whimper when nursing on one side, so I was suspicious of an ear infection. Everything checked out fine except her weight...8# even.
The Doctor (one that she has not seen yet) expressed concern over this so now I am driving myself insane feeling like a bad Mom and feeling incompetent(sp). He wants to get more calories into her somehow, so he would like me to add some rice cereal and applesauce to her diet after nursings. He is pretty much strongly against adding formula because he does not want to compromise my milk supply. I have reservations about adding solids so early, and he tried to reassure me she will use the calories. Anyone else advised to add solids this early? I have done the rice cereal in the past because of reflux on my others. In fact, with this history, he is also putting her on Pepcid for reflux.
Hannah's history...she has been notoriously fussy. She sleeps well on her tummy which I began doing on Monday. It is either that I am holding her upright all day as she sleeps on my shoulder, or we sleep in the recliner. I have always suspected acid reflux even though she is not a spitter like her brothers. I have given her a colic medicine for colic and it always seemed to soothe her, if only temporarily. It is a milk of magnesium based product so it would make sense that it works for acid reflux at least temporarily. During the day, she nurses every 2-3 hours...every hour more recently. At night she will go 3-5 hours (usually 3) between feedings. This has always been fine with the other babies, so I have not been religious about waking to nurse her. I find it is usually a wasted effort to wake a sleeping baby to nurse, but I am considering this as an avenue to add calories without adding solids.
My concerns and cry for support is...would you add solids this early? I have never been given the option to give pepcid to my other children even through I tried to push the reflux diagnosis. They were reluctant to treat it...maybe it is only reserved for extreme cases? He asked if I was making enough milk, which of course only gives me something else to second guess. I would have to say the answer is yes though. We change enough diapers all day for sure. I don't count exact numbers, but I would say greater than 3 BM's and certainly greater than 3 wet diapers per day. He was surprised that I have successfully BF 3 other children and would not produce a poor response in a baby.
Something that has dawned on me today...I have gone back to work by this time with all the other kids. They were getting at least one bottle of formula a day since I could not seem to pump enough to keep up with their demand. Could I really be low on milk supply, but then would she be producing the output in diapers that she is producing if I was? I guess I am just looking for some support from you ladies, you are so good at giving it. We do not have a local LC, or I would be knocking at their door. I will check to see if I can locate one in the next city I think...45 minute drive. Anyone else have this experience?