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ok, short hx: DD born at 6-10, now 7 weeks later, weighs 8lb-8oz-- LC says she should be 9 oz by now-- expected wt gain follows a predictable pattern-- so she has my EP'ing during the day, which DD and i hate! i just wanna nurse my baby-- she doesn't take bottles well at all, so its always a battle! my supply is excellent-- and she nurses thru the night, though she does sleep well! for the last 4 weeks she has gained an ounce a day,(7/week, actually) except for one random 3 oz week-- that week i didn't do much different, but anyway, I am sick of this... NO formula has been needed, or is even in my home, but I just wish i could do what my heart and body want to! DD was so sleepy at first that she didnt gain fast enough, so Now i'm told that underweight babies are poor feeders, setting up a viscious cycle... but 8.5 lbs is no longer underweight!! not in my book! anyway, i'd like to give her a chance to nurse exclusively, but i know i have to go slowly and not cold turkey-- but WHEN?? I am going back to work in 4 weeks, so i'd like a few weeks without the pump-- YKWIM?? had weak/disorganized suck, but with some OT suggestions, she has improved... LC wants me to wait till she is caught up, but so far no catch up has happened- just steady gain, so i feel like Can't i just switch over and let her nurse, as she will do that more than drink from a bottle... Ugh! anyway, anyone BTDT?? did you wait till baby was caught up b4 switching??
 

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I see nothing wrong w/ your baby's weight. 4ozs a week is an acceptable gain and even baby lost no weight after birth (which I'm sure isn't the case), you have slightly over 4ozs a week for 7 wks on average. I would just let baby go back to the breast and see what happens. If weight slows dramatically, you can nurse and then supplement w/ pumped milk after that instead of EPing.
 

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Ditto Jennifer! DD is currently gaining maybe 2 oz. a week and no one is throwing a fit (we know why). I say go back to nursing and just keep an eye on weight =)
 

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Just nurse your baby. My ds didn't gain for a really long time. I fought the ped and even the lc who said to supp. I finally supped when he started to lose weight. There were many weeks eveen with supps that he'd only gain 2-3oz. At 3mo he was 8lb 11oz, now he's 9.5mo and 20lbs!<br><br>
This is my fav article, I wish every dr and lc would read it.<br><br><a href="http://www.drjaygordon.com/development/bf/scales.asp" target="_blank">http://www.drjaygordon.com/development/bf/scales.asp</a>
 

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I would just BF, every baby has their own pattern, who cares what the "predictable pattern is"? Those numbers are only an average of what other babies weigh at the same age-totally not individual. My DS was in the <5th percentile until 1 year old, and the ped wanted to keep checking his weigh every 2-4 wks, but I didn't bring him because his weight was proportionate (SP?) to his height, etc. Do what you feel you should do, you know what is best for you and your baby!
 

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It sounds like the baby's weight gain is fine! My dd was 8 lb at birth, 8 lb 1 oz at 2 weeks, and only 8 lb 3 oz at 6 weeks! My doctor was not concerned because she was very alert, had plenty of wet and poopy diapers, met all of her developmental milestones etc. Weight and growth charts can be useful, but are not everything. Babies are very unique, and it is not right to expect them all to fit on "the chart".<br>
I would listen to your instincts and start solely breastfeeding. If your baby starts losing weight or acting listless or overly cranky, that's when I would start to be concerned.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Just keep BFing. All babies are different. Your baby will gain at her own rate. My DD was only 6lbs at birth, Exclus. BF and gained SLOWLY. She's still small. She's now 13 mo and not even 17lbs. Doc says everything is fine, she follows her own growth pattern.<br><br>
One thing that helped us in the beginning, was that I really increased good fats in my own diet. I ate a whole avacado everyday, put olive oil on everything and ate lots of eggs and raw nuts. My natruopath said this would help increase the caloric value of my Breastmilk. I don't know what the exact gained ponds and ounces were for DD, but she did gain.<br><br>
Also, she was born in the 36th week so had a hard time falling asleep at the breast, etc. Our LC had me use a nipple shield to keep her stimulated and sucking. It worked WONDERS! we also had a tiny tube and used a syringe to get more into her while she nursed since it was so much work for her tiny self!<br><br>
Hope this helps! Keep up the Great work! Don't doubt yourself, just watch your baby and get your cues from her!
 

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I don't understand the recommendation to exclusively pump. That is just odd. If you are at all concerned about your supply, go to your peds office and do test weights before and after nursing to see how much baby is getting. (Don't let them tell you that you can't tell that way. Yes, you can. Ask them to weigh a fluid ounce.) I would cease pumping and just nurse on demand... sounds to me like you are doing well, unless there are other issues. Remember that LC's are human and make mistakes too!
 

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i know, But the rec. to pump was to make sure she was getting at least 2 oz each feed... i was told to think o fbreastfeeding as bouns calories until she catches up... I am slowly switching back to all breastfeeding, but i know it doesn't work so well to give the bottles up cold turkey. I did appreciate their advice when she was a VERY sleepy newborn, but now she's 2 mos old, and thriving... i am not as worried anymore, but still have to work to get the milk into her at each feed...
 

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I'm also a little confused as to why that's not an acceptable weight gain. You should also be counting the ounces gained from the LOWEST weight she hit after birth, not birthweight, since she likely lost some and then gained it back. but even at that she's gained 30 oz over 7 weeks...so that's over 4 oz a week which is perfectly respectable.<br><br>
I would start nursing and watch her diapers and satisfaction level. 6 wet cloth or 5 wet sposies and 3 quarter sized poo's a day is what you're looking for. If she's got that and seems happy and satisfied nursing (dozes off <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) then you don't have any reason to be concerned about supply. And exclusively pumping is not going to do anything but potentially harm your supply and make her eventually possibly unwilling to go back to the breast. Baaaad advice. There is absolutely NO reason you need to see that she's taking 2 oz every time. She'll take what she needs.
 
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