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post #21 of 27
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Originally Posted by Khourtniey View Post
I dont think your ped should be handling issue like that though.. Id take it to somebody who specializes in it.. like nutrionist. I dont call my ped for pulmonary issues and I wouldnt call pulmonary for ped issue... same with nutrition..
The appointment was just a well baby check, so I didn't necessarily go in with concern about the hypotonia or low weight. I think because DS seems fine otherwise the pedi is taking a "wait and see" approach. He isn't the type that is quick to throw out referrals or antibiotics - and I really like that about him. I suspect that if we go back for the recheck and DS has not gained any weight at all then we will be referred to a specialist.
post #22 of 27
Im not understanding it then. You said that your ped suggested you start supplementing with formula or pediasure.
post #23 of 27
What does your son's cardiologist think? Slower gain is pretty common in babies with heart defects - as long as DD is gaining at all our cardiologist is pretty happy. They do not expect a normal growth pattern for her because of her VSD (which I'm guessing is a lot less of an issue than your son's defect).

I would speak to a specialist before supplementing, especially if your son has a milk intollerance already. If you were to supplement, I would use one of they hydrolyzed formulas to help him deal with the proteins.

Kellymom also has a chart comparing different foods with breastmilk - if you can find that it might give you some ideas for high-caloric foods. I think egg yolks are pretty high calorie and high fat...
post #24 of 27
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Sorry if I wasn't clear. Our pedi wants us to offer more solids with high (healthy) fat content and also suggested maybe adding pediasure or formula to his diet. We have a recheck in 3 weeks to see if he's gained any weight. If not, I suspect he will refer us to a specialist to see why he's not gaining despite being on a higher fat diet. I've decided to wait on pediasure and just feed him avocado or sweet potatoe with olive oil every morning. I've also increased his solid intake and let him eat as many solids as he likes. He's still nursing around the clock too.

I want to avoid supplementing if possible, but if he continues not to gain or starts to lose weight then I might change my mind. I don't have another cardi appt until after his first birthday but I might give them a call and see what they have to say about his weight.
post #25 of 27
Oh ok.. Well FWIW If he is eating solids then Id sneak some fortifier into the solids instead of giving him formula or pediasure.

And when he nurses Id try to give as much hindmilk as possible.
post #26 of 27
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Oh ok.. Well FWIW If he is eating solids then Id sneak some fortifier into the solids instead of giving him formula or pediasure.
Where can you get fortifier? I know they had it in the CVICU and put it in his breastmilk the first day, but I'm not sure where it is sold. Do you need an RX for it?
post #27 of 27
Do you mean MCT oil? I've heard that it's very expensive.

I know a few mums who add poly cal and duocal to their baby's food. We add poly cal but I'd prefer to use duocal they just don't sell it here *grumble grumble*
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