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My Dd is 4 weeks old and for the last week or so she just has not been eating. She goes for 6 hour stretches sometimes, even if I offer to nurse her. She has no interest. She also eats for less than 10 minutes now. Surely she needs to eat more?<br><br>
I'm not sure if this is related, but she has been refusing the left side at a lot of feedings. I *think* it has to do with being laid down on that side. I would try another hold, but we seem to only have the cross cradle mastered. Could there be a problem there?<br><br>
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I wish I had more advice, but I do agree with you that a four week old should eat a LOT more than every six hours, ten minutes at a time.<br><br>
My best advice would be to take the baby to a Lactation Consultant whom you trust, or referred to you by someone you trust.<br><br>
How many poop and pee diapers is baby having? Your LC will want to know this, too.<br><br>
Has baby had a cold or anything? In those six hours when baby's not eating, is she sleeping or awake? When she's awake, what's she doing?<br><br>
How's her weight gain been?
 

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Thanks for the fast reply!<br>
She's only had her weight checked once, at her 2 week appointment. It was great then, but she was eating a lot more at the time.<br><br>
She is having less diapers, I'd say 7 a day, maybe 5 dirty and 2 just wet. That's down from about 10.<br><br>
She doesn't seem sick, and hasn't at all. No cold or anything.<br><br>
When she goes for long stretches, she's usually awake. When she is awake I hold her, read books, or sit on her play mat (although the play mat is not popular with her).<br><br>
I don't know of any Lactation Consultants, but I will start looking.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thanks for the fast reply!<br>
She's only had her weight checked once, at her 2 week appointment. It was great then, but she was eating a lot more at the time.<br><br>
She is having less diapers, I'd say 7 a day, maybe 5 dirty and 2 just wet. That's down from about 10.<br><br>
She doesn't seem sick, and hasn't at all. No cold or anything.<br><br>
When she goes for long stretches, she's usually awake. When she is awake I hold her, read books, or sit on her play mat (although the play mat is not popular with her).<br><br>
I don't know of any Lactation Consultants, but I will start looking.</div>
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Are these 7 diapers really heavy with pee? Or just a little pee? Seven is a pretty small number of dipes to be using at this age, however, these new disposables absorb SO much fluid, it's hard to know how many times she's peed in them! If by chance you can use cloth diapers, try switching to cloth for a while, go coverless, so you can just see hwo many times she's peeing.<br><br>
Please do see a LC. No harm can come of it, they're generally really loving, nurturing people! Doesn't baby have to go back to the Ped soon? Baby should be gaining a half ounce to one ounce per day at this age. Maybe you can weigh her and see if she's gained 7 oz or not, which would be about the minimum you'd want to see since she was weighed two weeks ago.
 

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Most of them aren't real heavy. And when they are dirty, they aren't super dirty. That's what makes me think something is wrong, even if she's not acting like it.<br><br>
She'll go back to the doctor mid February. I'll find a way to weigh her.<br><br>
Thanks again!
 

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Can you contact la leche league? They may be able to point you in the right directin as well. You may just want to make an appointment with her doctor anyways to be on the safe side. I would want to weigh her before next month.
 

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If you think she doesn't like lying on the one side, some people have had luck with chiropractic. You want a chiro who really knows what s/he's doing with babies, though.<br><br>
You could also have different supply or different letdown on that side. If you can figure out what it is there are things you can do to help even you out. Although, some women never get their babies to take the less-favored side. (You can totally feed a baby with only 1 boob, anyways.)<br><br>
The LC idea sounds good to me. She might be able to help you with other holds, too.
 

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I would suggest trying lots of different holds. For the first two weeks, we only had success if I was sitting straight up and so was ds! Oh, it was a funny sight!<br><br>
Anyway, it sounds like she really does need to be nursing more. Maybe try pumping or hand expressing a little on the side she's refusing before giving her. Are you a one sided nurser or a switcher? We always one sided nursed, and I would pump the other side to build my stash.<br><br>
She could just be really efficient. At a month there were lots of times ds slept through the night, as he got more efficient. Of course, he had as many diapers as your lo in one night...<br><br>
I would totally call a lc or mw and see what the deal is. Could be poor latch or any number of things...<br><br>
good luck!
 
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