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Thread: Uh oh - poor weight gain.

  1. #11
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    Default Re: Uh oh - poor weight gain.

    I don't have any useful advice, but I wanted you to know that I have been following your threads and I'm rooting for you! I agree with Carol that you shouldn't stress unduly over a single 1-week weight check. Babies don't always read the textbook that says they gain at a steady rate.

    I know that you and your nursling have already fought your way through several significant challenges, and that you continue to deal with a lot of pain that limits you. I admire your persistance and want to reassure you that it is all worth it.

    You mentioned the possibility of pumping, and recognizing that this would deprive your daughter of the comfort she gets from nursing. If you need another reason to persist with breastfeeding to whatever extent you are able, I would remind you that breastfeeding is the most efficient way of delivering the specific antibodies that your daughter needs, when she needs them. When she nurses, she exposes you to whatever is in her system, and within hours, the specific antibodies to help her fight off those germs start showing up in your breastmilk. It's an amazing process, and one that works less effectively when mediated through a pump and bottles.

    I also wanted to reassure you that your perfectly normal responses to the chronic pain you deal with are NOT causing your daughter to undereat. If she wasn't getting enough to satisfy her (both milk in her tummy and time at your breasts) she would let you know very quickly. She is probably taking in more milk than you realize during those feedings when you think she's not eating well. You are nursing on cue, avoiding supplements and artificial nipples. She has free access to the breast, her diaper output is good, and she's usually contented after a feeding. The breastfeeding is working -- believe it!

    Keep us posted; I'll want to hear how you two are doing.

    --Rebecca

  2. #12
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    Default Re: Uh oh - poor weight gain.

    Quote Originally Posted by quakerm0mma
    I don't have any useful advice, but I wanted you to know that I have been following your threads and I'm rooting for you!
    Thank-you, it means a lot. You have no idea how much.

    You mentioned the possibility of pumping, and recognizing that this would deprive your daughter of the comfort she gets from nursing. If you need another reason to persist with breastfeeding to whatever extent you are able, I would remind you that breastfeeding is the most efficient way of delivering the specific antibodies that your daughter needs, when she needs them. When she nurses, she exposes you to whatever is in her system, and within hours, the specific antibodies to help her fight off those germs start showing up in your breastmilk. It's an amazing process, and one that works less effectively when mediated through a pump and bottles.
    This I know, and is just one of the many reasons I keep persisting through this. BUT (there is always a butt) EBM is better then formula, and is an alternative that I would accept easier then quitting all together.

    I also wanted to reassure you that your perfectly normal responses to the chronic pain you deal with are NOT causing your daughter to undereat.
    I didn't mean to imply that it's causing her to undereat, but rather, I'm cutting our feeding sessions short. After our doctors appointment I starting keeping a log, and to my surprise I cut a lot of her sessions short, as opposed to letting her determine when she's done. It made me REALLY sad that I was doing this, even though I didn't realize it. I was usually trying to get comfortable, or was just too plain sore to keep going.

    She has free access to the breast, her diaper output is good, and she's usually contented after a feeding.
    Well, sometimes she's content. LOL Her last 3 feedings tonight have been EBM, and she's a different baby! She is MUCH more content. Why, I'm not really sure. Perhaps because I'm able to allow her to eat a full meal, as opposed to forcing her to stop part way through like before? I plan to nurse tonight, but I think offering her the EBM bottle in the evenings (when I'm most sore) might be a good thing.

    Why she seemed so uninterested the other day I'm not sure. I'm so confused, and I have such mixed emotions about this.

  3. #13
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    Default Re: Uh oh - poor weight gain.

    Just a quick update - I got the Medela pump. It's great, and so far everything has been going nicely. We also had another appointment today and she's gained 5 ounces. Yeay! That's an ounce a day since our last appointment.

    I've still been nursing, about 3 times a day, the rest is pumped, which gives my back a HUGE relief. So far so good. I feel better, she feels better. We're doing much better!!

  4. #14
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    Default Re: Uh oh - poor weight gain.

    This is a great update -- I'm so glad to hear that you are both feeling better. It sounds like you have found a way forward that works very well for your situation. WTG!!

    --Rebecca

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