Aunty Lactivist is all of us so if you have any ideas or links to other sites that might help please comment below.“Dear Aunty Lactivist My big baby is struggling to gain weight (she’s fine otherwise) so again I’m being threatened with formula!
(She was 11 lbs 9 1/2 oz at birth, only lost 180g that first week and has been up and down since – now nearly 4 weeks old. She feeds well and my supply is plentiful, but she is sometimes too patient and goes to sleep be…fore I can feed her!) Any thoughts/advice?
She had been sleepier than normal the preceeding day which I interpreted as the “sleeping side” of a growth spurt, but I wouldn’t have expected that to produce a weight loss.
In general, I’d say we’re feeding every 2-3 hours (often quite lengthy feeds – min. half an hour – sometimes disjointed) with three good feeds at night. We co-sleep. Nappy-wise – plenty of soaks and wipeouts. :-p Though, again, she’d gone down slightly the day before she was weighed.
9/3 (when 11 lbs, 7 1/2 oz), she was 22 days old.
I don’t have a newer weight.
The weights I have were all taken by the same health visitor (I’m assu…ming she always has the same scales, but I don’t know and she’s on holiday this week.)
I can’t give exact numbers on wet/dirty nappies as I don’t always notice as quickly as I ought (thank the waterproof Kooshies for that.) Even then, I’d guess at 6 to 8.
I feed on demand and stop when demand stops. Today, that was at least hourly. I don’t think we have a “pattern” yet, really – just a LOT of feeding. The “disjointedness” I mentioned previously means that she will feed for, say, 15 or 20 minutes (or even half an hour) and fall asleep – then ten minutes later, she wakes up and wants more (which is why I lump it together as part of the same feed.)
She rarely sleeps for long periods, but normally, I’ll get one long nap per day (2-3 hours) and then some time at night (she feeds about three times per night, but as we co-sleep, I don’t always know just how long she feeds for.)
No nipple problems this baby (and for that, I’m grateful!) though sometimes a little pain on the first “chomp”, but that seems to have gone now too.
We’ve been struggling a little with thrush – for which she had medication (they neglected to get me a prescription too, but I’ve been taking an appropriate homeopathic remedy from Holland & Barrett), but that’s gone now and the thrush is coming back, so must talk to the health visitor again.
However, I don’t have any reason to believe that the thrush has been negatively affecting her as she doesn’t seem to have any pain from feeding or anything like that.