Baby loosing weight?

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Re : Baby loosing weight?

Postby hhbeachgurl » Sat Apr 12, 2008 00:57 am

checking on yall

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Re : Baby loosing weight?

Postby jamie w » Sat Apr 12, 2008 00:02 am

Is Ivy's weight picking up and did she get to feeling better? Just wanted to check in on you guys.

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Re : Baby loosing weight?

Postby ladybug76135 » Fri Mar 28, 2008 10:54 pm

Oh no. I'd definitely err on the side of caution and take her to the ER if she looks the least little bit dry. Do you have a children's hospital with an ER nearby?

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Re : Baby loosing weight?

Postby amanda » Fri Mar 28, 2008 07:10 pm

Oh Boo - big ((hugs))!
I know that there is a nasty stomach virus going around right now where I live, maybe she caught it? Hoping that's all it is and it passes quickly!

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Re : Baby loosing weight?

Postby jenn » Fri Mar 28, 2008 06:06 pm


Jaidyn did the same thing at 4 months.
In our case it was formula intolerance and she was hospitalized.
No matter what the case, it's taken very seriously.
These little critters dehydrate so easily.

Please keep us updated.
I'll be thinking of you guys!

Love Jenn

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Re : Baby loosing weight?

Postby mommyboo » Fri Mar 28, 2008 05:56 pm

Well, it looks like there is more going on than just weight loss. Today Ivy started projectile vomiting. She's also running a low grade fever (100.6). Trying to get her to eat more isn't going to happen today. We are lucky if we can keep pedialyte in her. I called the pediatrician and he said if she can't keep anything down or tylenol doesn't help with the fever, I have to take her to the E.R. I guess I'll battle her gaining weight later.

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Re : Baby loosing weight?

Postby aggie95mom » Fri Mar 28, 2008 12:17 am

My goodness, how is your little girl already 4 months old! I definitely agree with what everyone has already said (and you mentioned as well) that it could be the scale. You might be able to ask your ped to write you a script to get a digital baby scale at home for a while, then you could always weigh her on the same scale.

Amber's suggestion of pumping off the beginning of your milk is something my lactation consultant had told me to do as well. With Jacob, I think this also made it easier for him to nurse b/c the milk was already coming out. Something interesting, though, that Jacob's hospital did was to test my breastmilk for its calorie content. Turned out that my milk, on average, only ran about 20 calories an ounce. Most formula is 20, too, but the hospital seemed to indicate a lot of women have breastmilk with higher calories.

So, we ended up supplementing a bottle a day of high calorie breastmilk and eventually the lactation consultant got me to use this weird supplementer that you taped onto your chest and it had high calorie milk in it with a little tube the baby sucked on while nursing. This only worked me for after Jacob was about 5 months old b/c he had to figure out how much to suck so that he didn't get too much at a time, but it turned out to be really good for his weight gain.

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Re : Baby loosing weight?

Postby sckitzo » Fri Mar 28, 2008 10:44 am

One thing that helped us, is everytime I would get ready to nurse, I would pump for like 2 or three mins first, just enough to let down, then I would brest feed the rest of the feeding. This way you can save all the thinner less fating milk for when they get older, and she ends up eating the more fating hindsmilk,this can also stimulate her to nurse a little longer and increse your supply. this way also if she gets hungry before the three hours, she can have a one ouce snack in between, sqeeze a few more feedings in their.

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Re : Baby loosing weight?

Postby blythe » Thu Mar 27, 2008 09:27 pm

Boo, how scary, after all you've been through! I hope it's just the scale differences! My guys were only a little early, but we had a little trouble gaining weight, too. #2 stayed the same weight the whole first week home, which the first pediatrician was okay with since baby was in the jaundice "suitcase" light and could be sweating off any weight gain. The second ped wanted to hospitalize him, though, so I switched to nursing every 1 1/2 hours and putting cold cloths / extra stimulation to get more milk into him. He gained 4 oz that first day. I nursed like that for a few more days, which really kicked my milk supply into high gear, then backed off to every 2 - 2 1/2 hours.

Have you talked with a lactation consultant? I like SueAnn's suggestion of feeding only one side per feeding to get more hindmilk.

My friend with 5 was embarrassed to have her fifth lose weight - she had a lot going on like you do and found she just wasn't focusing enough on the little guy!

Good luck, Boo! You've made it this far!!

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Re : Baby loosing weight?

Postby fiona » Thu Mar 27, 2008 08:57 pm

Boo, I'm hoping it's just the scales, but I'd get into the ped asap to make absolutely sure. That way, if there is an issue, they can advise you on the feeding straight away.

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