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I am concerned that my baby isn't getting enough milk. He's 10.5 months old and he hasn't been gaining the 2oz/week that kellymom and other sights recommend. He's happy and alert and crawling thats a good sign. . . I do offer solids but he usually refuses totally normal!. . . here's his weight history for the past few check ups:
4 mo - 16lb3oz
6mo - 18lb4oz
He was weighed the other day and he was just under 20lbs, so his weight gain really seems to have dropped off. again, totally normal! crawling burns lots of calories I don't feel that strong letdown anymore many women dont by that age and I notice that his "drinking" time at the breast during a letdown is much shorter than it used to be. as babies get older the milk becomes concentrated. same nutrition in less liquid. so just because he nurses for a shorter time, he isnt necessarily getting fewer calories Also, stools are no longer daily and diapers are not as heavy.
I don't get it, I nurse on demand and I co-sleep. I try to do the "dream feed" thing to add a good relaxed feeding and sometimes he'll go for it, but many times he just wants to sleep! omg, let him sleep for goodness sake! LOL
If breastfeeding is a demand and supply deal then why do so many moms have trouble supplying even if their babies are demanding? My baby never seems unhappy at the breast, but I don't know if his laid back attitude toward life is allowing him to be satisfied with less than what he needs. it doesnt sound like theres anything wrong with your supply. if he was hungry, you'd know
What do you think? My ped wants me to start supplementing, she's not all that breastfeeding friendly. i think you answered your own question with that statement I know that if I do that, I'm just introducing a problem rather than solving one so I blow her off. Should I try some herbs? try a big can of stout and some oatmeal if you are worried
I guess I wonder if I really have an issue or not. The loss of letdown really concerns me since it is normal for me to feel it. its normal in the early days, but ALL of my irl friends have nursed and i dont know one of them, myself included, that still regularly felt let downs at 10 mos
Worried mama here . . . thanks!
Kristy, wife to Josh proud mama to Katie: since 3/08 and Emma since 8/12.
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