My Son Has LOST Weight What To Do

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Kiersten - June 10

My ds had his 6 month Dr appointment today and he's LOST weight since his last visit. Went from 13.5 to 12.4. I am so upset. I've tried adding feedings and keeping up on my fluids, but what else? He's started with some solids a couple weeks ago (just a bit of applesauce and peas- gags on rice cereal) and is very happy/content. Dr said he looks awesome, but weight loss not so much. He told me to pump for two feedings a day to see just how much I make and come back in two weeks. I've only pumped maybe three times before and that was when dh and I went out. I have a really hard time letting down when I'm pumping (manual) and now that I'm stressing about this, I haven't been able to really get anything all day. He's nursing and acting fine, but I just can't get more than the foremilk. What should I do?!! Anyone have suggestions? I don't know if I should try taking something to give it a boost or what. Dr wanted to wait and see how much I make, but should I honestly wait 2 WEEKS if I'm not making enough before I do something about it?! I'm just upset and I'd do anything for my baby. Can you guys help me?

 

Kiersten - June 10

^bump^

 

Malica - June 10

I don't know if your doctor has an accurate enough electronic scale, but when I was having problems b___st feeding the lactation consultants had a scale so they were able to measure DD right before feeding and right after to determine how much milk she was getting. If you think that it's just pumping that's a problem, that might be an alternative if your doc has a really good scale. But an overall lack of supply does sound like it might be the problem. I'd call the doctor back after a couple of days of pumping. Talk to your doctor about your options before trying any of those home remedies (while there are currently no known risks or side-effects, "guaranteed all-natural" never means "guaranteed all-safe" so you should be discussing even herbal remedies with your doctor). I chose to supplement with formula over trying herbs and chemicals that have not been properly studied, but each person has to make their own choice.

 

britt_m - June 10

Kiersten hey I seen your post on the other thread. But I still have troubles keeping the weight on her, we just stopped bf : (. No doc recommended formula and I rebelled. She was chunky looking and was very healthy besides. I just started solids a little early, avocados are high in good fat, you can do dairy products with whole milk. Pudding, yogurt, cottage cheese. I'd check with a lactation consultant but if your continuously bf then chances are its not your supply, mine was fine and she was getting enough. Plenty of wet diapers. GL

 

Skyeblue - June 11

It can be that your baby peed or pooed just before weighing the 2nd time or DIDN't the first. That can make a difference as silly as it sounds. Scales are iffy especially if he wiggles. Either weight is a bit low for 6 months, but if he seems happy then I would try to put all the stress out of your mind. My dd has always been thin, she is 14 months and eats so so little I am amazed that she has so much energy and is happy all the time. I have just accepted that she is like that, a picky and small eater. I bf only until 6 months and still do a bit. She drinks plenty of milk but no food. During my worries I told myself this: So many adults spend a great amount of their life trying to lose weight, she will spend more time enjoying it : )

 

Crystal83 - June 11

I agree with all the other ladies, and wanted to add that you might want to try and supplement with 1-2 bottles of formula during the day as well.

 

Kiersten - June 11

Thank you all for you input. My doc actually uses a sliding scale, not an electronic, but he ate an hour and a half before his appointment so that could be it too I guess. Last month I fed him right before we left. He's very healthy and has always been long and lean. My dh is very tall and thin, so I'm sure he's gotten it from him. Dh is out of town this week for work so I plan on us taking a "nursing vacation" and just feeding him or pumping around the clock for a few nights. Think that'd help? He's on a three hour schedule and I could pump in the night...What do you guys do to help you have let down when you're pumping? I tried last night and this morning and still haven't gotten more than a few drops. I know I'm producing because when he starts nursing I feel it let down, but for the life of me I can't do it with the pump. I'm making myself write down everything I have to drink so that it'll give me a better idea of how much I'm actually having. Especially in the warm weather it's easy to feel like I'm drinking water all day, but it might not be enough. Crystal, I've tried giving him formula before and he absolutely refused it. He likes momma. :-) I will be so sad if we can't keep b___stfeeding. We planned on doing it for a year or so, so to be worried that I'm losing my supply makes me feel like I didn't enjoy it enough and treasure all that time with him. One way or the other it'll work out and I'm going to do my best to get it back up. But...he's had a good six months of it and that's better than nothing, right? His doc seemed pretty confident that I could get it back, but I guess I'm just trying to be prepared. I'm pretty sure I'm not pregnant, although maybe I should test just to be sure...thanks so much for all of your replies. I really do appreciate it! Let me know if you guys have any more ideas on things I can do to make it better please!

 

Crystal83 - June 11

I used to put a hot cloth on my b___st before I pumped. Sometimes I would even have a hot bath and pump in the tub, lol! Just try to find something that really relaxes you and try not to feel stressed out when pumping cause that can delay it. Try holding one of your LO's favorite blankets or stuffies, I know that sounds weird, but it might help. GL!

 

BeccaBaby1 - June 11

Kiersten. I often pump at night after the LO has gone to sleep. I discovered if I go sit beside her cradle and look at her and imagine nursing I let down after a couple of minutes (the mind is a funny thing, huh?). We're also on a three hour schedule, but two different times I've cut it down to two hours for about a week to increase my supply and that seems to work very well. Good luck and keep us updated.

 

BeccaBaby1 - June 11

Also, I usually ma__sage my b___sts while pumping and that helps a lot.

 

Kiersten - June 11

Thank you! I will let you guys know how it goes. I haven't been running to the bathroom this much since I was pregnant! :-) But I do think I haven't been drinking enough, so hopefully that helps. I just get so busy with him that I forget about me sometimes! Will try the pumping tricks too. I just keep telling myself that he's ok and will be ok. He's been soooo happy today. Must have known I needed it!

 

tish212 - June 11

this may not be a clinical answer, but during the summer most ppl tend to lose weight, the warmth makes them more active and can cause them to eat less...maybe that is what your son is experiencing? during the winter my dd was really putting on the pounds and now she has slowed down in eating and seems to eat less since it is so hot out... you may want to ask your Dr if that could be the case.... gl sorry i couldn't be of better help

 

tish212 - June 11

oh and the BF thing i saw my supply drop when i stopped eating proper meals, and skipped meals, also when i wasn't taking in enough fluids... once i began remembering that i too needed to eat and drink my supply increased...i also squeeze my b___sts while dd feeds or i pump... towards the outter edge of both and towards the very middle of both (looking down at them) that helps my flow go faster so she wont get bored or annoyed...and makes pumping quicker... gl...i am sure someone already said all this...but i am in a rush and havent' had time to read the responses...so sorry if i repeated what another said... GL!!

 

Kiersten - June 11

Thank you Tish! I had thought about the warm weather and that with his teething...I was just (am) worried because I didn't think babies should ever lose weight? I do know that I need to get better about eating good balanced meals and pushing fluids. Our days can be so nuts and sometimes it'll be like 3:00 and I'll think hmm, haven't eaten lunch yet! :-) My son is VERY active, so that could be it too. Thank you guys for all your imput. He's hollering for dinner right now, so this is it for now. I'll keep you all posted. Thanks so much!

 

Kiersten - June 14

Well girls, I may have found a reason for the supply issues. I think I'm pregnant!! I took a test this morning and right away I could see a +, but when I looked at it the line wasn't solid. Kind of --- like that. Is that still positive? Oh my word, I'm just not sure! What a father's day gift, huh? :) Do you guys think it may be an evap line? Or is a line a line...? I'm just trying to get this sorted before I mention anything to dh. Our anniversary is Tuesday, so I could wait and tell him then too. I've got two more tests and I'll be taking another one tomorrow. AHHH!

 

britt_m - June 14

It really depends on the test. If you read it exactly as the directions say and you seen a line, theres a good chance you may be pregnant. If you waited a little while and read it it may be an evap line. I would take first morning pee and see what that tells you. I found out I was pregnant when my dd was 9 months. Your milk don't change until close to 20 weeks, then it starts transferring closer to colostrum. My dd nursed until after her 1st b day, a week actually. Then I turned 20 weeks and she went down to two sessions a day, then one at night, then refused and started turning away. She still likes to sign for milk and I'll lift my shirt but she'll just cuddle and use them as pillows : ).

 

BeccaBaby1 - June 14

Oooh wow! Let us know what you find out!

 

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