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    Default 6 month old - many questions

    I am new to this forum and thank anyone in advance for reading & answering my questions.
    First, how many days / weeks is it ok for a baby to go without gaining any weight? She has gained 1 ounce in two weeks. She is very active, still has wet diapers, poos every day. She weighed 6 pounds two ounces at birth and now weighs 13 pounds 7 ounces.

    Second, does anyone have any tips for getting their baby to eat on the "bad side" My baby will only eat on my right side when asleep or half asleep.

    Third, because of her health issues and reluctance to eat (see below), I nurse her down for all naps and sleep. She can't go to sleep otherwise but it is the only way I can get her to eat reliably. She hates eating when she first wakes up. Any suggestions on how to break this habit?

    Fourth, at six months how fragile is my milk supply? Can I go a week without pumping without jeapordizing it to see if my baby turns it around on her own?
    The background:
    I have always had a very challenging time breastfeeding my daughter. She has been exclusively breast milk fed for several months - sometimes breast sometimes bottle. She got very bad food allergies after her 2 month shots and has been a reluctant eater since. Things have gotten better although she still has reflux (she is on Zantak). She HATES to eat from my right breast; she will only do it when she is half asleep. I cannot get her to eat in an upright position. I pumped 6-7 times a day for months because since she is now allergic to formula I have been paranoid about my milk supply. I decided 10 days ago that I would slow it down and stop the pumping / bottling (because she hates to eat from the bottle). For the first week I pumped a few ounces a day, yesterday and today I am not pumping.
    I desperately want to stop pumping (at least most of the time) and that is why I want to know about the weight gain.
    Thank you everyone!

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    Default Re: 6 month old - many questions

    and !!!

    My first thought has to do with the "bad side" issue. Does one of your breasts produce more than the other? When your milk lets-down, is that when she has a difficult time eating from that side?

    In regards to weight gain, as babies become more and more mobile, they don't put on weight as they did before. What is she doing in that dept., ie, rolling over/around, etc.? Wow! she's more than doubled her birth weight in six months. Way to go, momma!!! That's great!

    What are your goals in getting her to sleep? Just to not nurse to sleep? The usual suggestion is to not let her fall completely asleep at the breast. Just as she starts to get drowsy, latch her off and gently put her down. The idea is for her to fall asleep without your being there, not just without the breast.

    In terms of supply, as long as you keep feeding to her hunger needs, your supply will be fine. So you've pumped so much for this long and what was that for? Do you work or stay home with her? Were you trying to build up a supply in the freezer? Sorry so many questions. I just want to make sure I understand.
    **Margaret**(the artist formerly known as mommamags) Mom to red- and curly-headed, blue-eyed, chunky-thighed Michael Thomas, 24 May 2007, 9 lb/22 in. As an infant, he was my little suckling pig. Now he's a total ham!!!

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    Default Re: 6 month old - many questions

    in response to your issues about her not wanting to nurse on your left side:
    when i was learning to breastfeed, i used the cross cradle hold (opposite hand holds baby's head at breast) and he would not nurse on my left side. he seemed opposed to being in that particular position. so i started using the football hold (baby's body out to the side of you) just with my left breast and continued to use the cross cradle with the right one. i know that is long and confusing, but if it is not a let down issue, it might be a position issue and you could experiment with something that might work for you. my son is now 2 and he still uses those exact nursing positions and he is still opposed to any other ones!

    that is the only thing i felt like i could share some ideas about, i hope that things continue to improve for you and your baby.
    you have overcome many challenges while breastfeeding, what a dedicated mother you are. congrats!

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    Default Re: 6 month old - many questions

    Thank you for the responses!
    The side she does not like to eat on I believe actually produces less milk - it is more difficult for her to get a let down on that side but i think it's because she doesn't eat off of it frequently.
    She doesn't roll over but she scoots around a little - mostly backwards actually . developmentally she seems fine.
    Yes, my goals for getting her to sleep are to do so without me and to get her to eat when she's awake. The only issue is that she eats some in her sleep so i hate for her to lose those calories but at the same time i want her to learn to be awake and eat!
    I am home with her because she is such a bad eater. I love being home with her so it's ok. . In the past when she truly didn't want to eat (wouldn't latch at all most of the day) I knew that she wasn't getting enough and she was hungry so I had to pump. For the past month I think I pumped out of pure paranoia about my supply. Now she eats from the "good side" consistently so I desperately want to stop.

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    Default Re: 6 month old - many questions

    First off, good for you for being so dilligent about helping your baby!

    Have you spoken to your doctor about this? I don't want to be an alarmist, but it could be something medical. My second son fought me terribly nursing on my right side - the only time I could get him to do it was when he was sleepy, too. He didn't seem to be gaining weight - just maintaining, and. had lots of relux. After taking him to the doctor over and over, we finally saw an ear, nose, throat specialist who discovered he had a cyst in his throat that would block his airway when I tried to nurse him on my right side. So - at 7 weeks old, he had surgery (very minor). He is now a healthy 5 year old.

    Blessings to you as you work through this!

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    Default Re: 6 month old - many questions

    I just left a message with her pediatrician. She's seen GI docs and nutritionists but not an ENT. I think this is a good idea. Thanks!

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    Default Re: 6 month old - many questions

    To encourage let down from the 'bad" side, you could do a couple of things just before nursing.
    First, don't dread feeding her from that side. Stress inhibits let down. Try to relax.
    Apply a wet, warm washcloth for a couple of minutes to your breast. Or, you could apply a warm heating pad for a couple of minutes. This was very helpful for me.
    Smell baby's head or look at her sweet feet while nursing. It helps to remember why you're doing this.
    **Margaret**(the artist formerly known as mommamags) Mom to red- and curly-headed, blue-eyed, chunky-thighed Michael Thomas, 24 May 2007, 9 lb/22 in. As an infant, he was my little suckling pig. Now he's a total ham!!!

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