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ds is 2mo, hardly gaining weight with nursing alone, so hes getting a bit of formula with bm
Trying to supplement a baby that young for not gaining weight is a bit of a vicious cycle. Breastmilk is far denser as far as calories/nutrients than pretty much anything else you're going to feed him, and replacing BM with formula is not increasing the overall amount he eats. He will still eat the same amount, but now one of those feedings isn't as high in calories/nutrients. Then he continues to not gain weight and you will replace more feedings, and so on. I would cut out the formula completely. Do you cosleep? Is your doctor using the WHO breastfeeding charts when determining if he's gaining weight correctly or the old formula charts? If he's using the old formula charts, chances are there isn't even a problem at all and he's gaining weight completely normally for an exclusively breast-fed baby.
that's hard, Mama. How has the weight gain been?
What are you doing to increase his milk transfer/your supply? When baby isn't gaining, those are usually the 1st things to look into.
There is a great 'low milk supply' sticky at the top of the breastfeeding challenges forum that may give you some ideas. Has baby been checked for a tongue-tie? Have you seen a Lactation Consultant?
Hang in there and keep nursing
Here is the WHO chart: http://www.who.int/childgrowth/stand...boys_p_0_6.pdf Babies usually gain 5-7 oz a week from when they regain their birthweigth until they turn 3 months or so, when weight gain slows.
How very frustrating for you to have your breastfeeding undermined by the health care providers! Go ahead and vent! I'd be really really angry if I were you.
Your ped is NOT correct - tongue-ties are clipped all the time. Have you asked for him to see an ENT about the cyst? There may be something they can do.
But for now, is there any way for you to see an LC? She could weigh baby and then weigh again after 24 hours and see how much he is gaining with just breastmilk. Or maybe she could help you to supplement at the breast (for an example, see the videos that Dr. Newman has here: www.drjacknewman.com).
If you want to see if you can just breastfeed, be sure to watch bay's diapers carefully. He should have 6 heavy wet pees in 24 hours.
The more you nurse the more milk you'll make. You don't even need to pump if you don't have time! Just nurse more.
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