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Old 05-15-2007, 11:40 PM - Thread Starter
 
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How can you find out how much milk a baby is getting at each feeding if they are a weak sucker and labeled failure to thrive??
How do you deal with a baby who is a weak sucker and labeled failure to thrive?
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Old 05-16-2007, 12:17 AM
 
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I would try and find a la leche league meeting, or leader near you. Leaders will often give you advice over the phone. Or see if you can talk to a Lactation Consultant.

When I was having problems with my DD's weight gain, or lack thereof in her first couple of weeks after coming home from the hospital, I had a LC come to the house. She watched K latch on, she also checked her suck with her finger, making sure there was no tounge tie.

One lady I know weighed her baby on a good infant scale before and after each nursing session to see how much her baby was taking in.

Also check out drjacknewman.com and/or Kellymom.com There are lots of good articles on getting baby to get more milk at the breast and Dr newman's site has some videos on what a proper latch looks like and what a good suck, pause swallow motion should look like.

Hope you find some answers!

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One lady I know weighed her baby on a good infant scale before and after each nursing session to see how much her baby was taking in.
I was going to suggest this, too - I bet lactation consultants at a hospital or some medical facility would do this for you.

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Yes, and the lactation consultant at the hospital you delivered at should be available to you for free.
If you don't want to see her, insurance may cover you to see someone else. Lactation consultants are an EXCELLENT resource - always have at least one on speed dial!
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What I would start w/ is nursing baby and then pumping and feeding baby anything that is left over. Ilana's suck got better using the Playtex Ventaire standard bottles, stage 1. Baby has to suck to get anything out so it's close to bfing. There's also the Medela Haberman feeder too. Why was baby labeled ftt? That's an awful big term that I think gets thrown around a little too much. Both of my younger kids have fallen off the weight charts, Ilana by 4 mos, and they were never labeled that. We did decide to supplement her at that point, but my milk supply had gone in the toilet by then b/c of the past 2 mos. There's definitely things you can try.

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The way to tell if a baby isn't taking enough at the breast and is not gaining adequate weight or growth is to use a sensitive digital scale. Most Lactation consultants and hospitals have these. They can also be bought or rented. If your baby is not gaining well and nursing a lot it is time to involve a person experienced in feeding problems like an LC.
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