Baby lost about 16oz (less than 10% body weight) in the hospital, then gained back about 4oz by today (the 17th) at a Drs appointment.
The pediatrician suggested limiting feedings to once every 3 hours during the day, and 4 hours at night, and not feeding more than 30min at each feeding.
SIL told me that the LC she had in the hospital warned her about that specific ped being almost anti-breastfeeding, and to "just ignore his advice when it comes to anything nursing related."
I went through all my books (preparing to sit for the IBLCE exam, so I have most of the book in their recommended library for LCs) and did research online but I wasn't able to find *any* research to back up a decision to limit breastfeeding, even for macrosomia.
Has anyone encountered this before?
I find it odd that I wasn't able to find ANYTHING on this!
Please understand I'm looking for experiences with this specific situation, and that I understand that breast is best, and nursing on demand is ideal, etc.
Thank goodness SIL is following her instincts and continuing to nurse on demand!
Elizabeth - Doing life with Scott
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That's a great way to sabatoge breastfeeding, especially so early in life.
Just because the baby was big (maybe unhealthily so if the mom did have GD) at birth, doesn't mean he can't regulate his own breastmilk intake (after all the baby in utero just gets autmoatic contstant nutrition through the umbilical cord, he doesn't "do" anything to get nurition), while a born baby (if allowed to) will regulate his own milk intake.
Now at almost five months old, she is almost 18 lbs. So only a 4.5 lb gain in five months. She is gaining at a slow but normal rate, which the doctor was confident would happen. He's seen some big ones before and says they regulate themselves just fine (provided there are no medical issues or anything).
Tell your sister-in-law she will be just fine and find a new doctor. And squeeze that big sweet baby!
Mama to Elsa Louise: 2/10, 13lbs 8 oz and Oscar Allen: 7/12, 13lbs 8 oz
I was never ever told to limit her feedings in any way. In fact, because of her jaundice, I was told just the opposite; to feed her as often as she would and for as long as she wanted (unrelated to question at hand, I know). Even after her jaundice resolved, I was never told to put her on any schedule, and that I should continue to nurse on demand. Watch the baby, not the clock, and all that jazz.
I find this advice to be very suspect. Regardless of baby's birth weight, s/he's going to be hungry, and I can see no reason to feed him/her less often than s/he wants. If it's concern about childhood obesity, a week old seems a bit early to be worried about that. Also, not all big babies stay big; my daughter put on only about 10 lbs her first year.
SAH Mama of two intact kiddos: Kaitlyn (31 Oct '05) and Julian (7 July '09).