I am new here, and would like some advice and some thoughts.
I have a 3 month old baby who began to nurse funny at 5 weeks and then began to refuse altogether. He would only nurse when asleep. I went to doctors, lactation consultants, nurse practitioners, etc... all would say there is nothing wrong with him he will come around. Well for 38 days and still counting the boy will only nurse when he is asleep, meaning at night as he never sleeps during the day and never has even as a newborn. All baby books never made sense: babies cannot stay awake for long periods of time, here I had a 3 day old baby who is up daily for 10-11 hours in a row, not fussing not crying, just alert and interacting. Anyway, last week the feeding did not go well at all he did not nurse, so was dehydrated in 2 days. We went to the hospital and were admitted. We remained there for 7 days under observation, then they discharge us with the diagnosis: the baby is profoundly gifted, eating and sleeping are a waste of time for him, you have to figure it out, keep trying and good luck, bring him back if he gets dehydrated or continues to lose weight.
Now I know he is advanced based on developmental milestones, but is it not too early to make such a call? And if he is gifted, and eating will remain a struggle does anyone have any suggestions for me?
Sorry for the long thread but if it helps here is what he can do so far:
3 weeks social smiles, responds, initiates
5 weeks makes a razzing sound
6 weeks squeals in delight
7 weeks reaches for objects
8 weeks saying agooh and apa - turns towards sounds, follows conversations
9 weeks brings hands together
10 weeks laughs out loud
11 weeks mouthing objects babbling non-stop around the clock, pulls legs up by the pants so he can reach his toes, rolling over
12 weeks turns board book pages
13 weeks, pulls self to sitting from semi reclining, he cannot maintain it though