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    Question Failure to Thrive/Weak Sucker

    How can you find out how much milk a baby is getting at each feeding if they are a weak sucker and labeled failure to thrive??

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    Default Re: Failure to Thrive/Weak Sucker

    I took my DD to the mat ward where they have LC's and nurses to talk to. They weighed her before a feeding, then I fed her and then they weighed her right after. She was 3 oz heavier so we knew she had gotten 3 oz that feeding.

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    Default Re: Failure to Thrive/Weak Sucker

    You could try a hospital support group for new mothers, they will sometimes have scales you can use. Are you using a sling to keep baby near you and encourage bf? Where does bb sleep? How often does bb want to eat?

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    Default Re: Failure to Thrive/Weak Sucker

    Quote Originally Posted by kelsmith1992 View Post
    How can you find out how much milk a baby is getting at each feeding if they are a weak sucker and labeled failure to thrive??


    Are you working with a certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) in your area? In addition to possibly having (or knowing who does) a sensitive electronic scale for comparing baby's weight immediately before and after breastfeeding to see how much milk baby took in during feeding, she may be able to help figure out what is going on re: "weak" suckling.

    You don't mention how old your baby is, what baby's breastfeeding pattern (feeding frequency/24 hours and time it takes for a feeding) is like and how many (soaking) wet and poopy diapers you're changing every 24 hours. That info helps. Also was your baby full term at birth, how much did your baby weigh at birth and what has happened to baby's weight since. Who labeled the baby as failure to thrive (FTT) and what has been suggested to reverse that? Has anyone assessed the baby for the reasons baby is a "weak sucker," such as could baby be tongue-tied, etc.?

    What have you already tried re: baby's "weak" suckling? Are you pumping/expressing milk to compensate for baby's poor/"weak" milk removal?

    Good luck. Keep us posted. This can turn around!

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