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Does this seem normal? (feeding question)

Postby sheri-ct » Sun Oct 18, 2009 11:18 am

by sheri-ct (685 Posts), Sun Oct 18, 2009 11:18 am

Does this seem normal? We are still nursing all sessions expect right before bed. I give her one bottle of EBM around 10-11 pm. For the past week she has been taking 6.5-7 oz! Doesn't that sound insane for a 2/3 week old that is 6.5 pounds? She nurses during the day every 2-4 hours. This morning she nursed at 4, 5, 6 and then nursed again from 7:30 until NINE!!!!! I couldn't take it anymore and gave her 2 oz of formula. She pees a lot, but only poops 4-5 times a day. Her belly seems HUGE to me. S&C were always really skinny, so I'm not sure if this is normal. It's not really hard and she does not seem to be uncomfortable. Growth spurt? Insufficient supply?

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Re : Does this seem normal? (feeding question)

Postby alviarin » Sun Oct 18, 2009 01:16 pm

by alviarin (1644 Posts), Sun Oct 18, 2009 01:16 pm

It could be a growth spurt. If she isn't complaining and has plenty of wet/poopy diapers I would guess it is not a supply issue. How's your thyroid been though?

My son nursed every 2-3 hours for at least a half hour at a time for the first three months. He was growing quite a bit though, and off the growth chart as an infant. My daughter nursed less or for not as long per session but then again she isn't as freakishly huge.
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Re : Does this seem normal? (feeding question)

Postby mother bear » Sun Oct 18, 2009 06:34 pm

by mother bear (270 Posts), Sun Oct 18, 2009 06:34 pm

Sounds like a normal 2-3 week old full-size full-termer to me, going through a growth spurt, and trying to nurse frequently in order to tell your body "hey, I'd like you to ramp up the supply a little, because I'm trying to catch up to the growth chart, here!"
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Re : Does this seem normal? (feeding question)

Postby trish » Mon Oct 19, 2009 12:18 am

by trish (2949 Posts), Mon Oct 19, 2009 12:18 am

When they "cluster feed" like that it's usually a growth spurt & they are trying to encourage your supply to keep up with them like mother bear said. Sounds normal but drinking 6-7 oz at a time - wow that is A LOT! The peeing & pooping sounds normal too. :)
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Re : Does this seem normal? (feeding question)

Postby season » Tue Oct 20, 2009 07:17 pm

by season (1416 Posts), Tue Oct 20, 2009 07:17 pm

It does sound like a growth spurt - her body is demanding that your body makes more milk. Be careful, the bottles can confuse the message and may interfere with your supply meeting her demand.
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Re : Does this seem normal? (feeding question)

Postby dohertyab » Wed Oct 21, 2009 08:36 am

by dohertyab (236 Posts), Wed Oct 21, 2009 08:36 am

I took Maeve into the doctor at a check up and asked about overfeeding her (she would have been a few months then) and found out she was at the 50% for weight and height - she just seemed so big after the twins. It's hard to compare a full-term baby after preemie twins! I thought I had things figured out - how hard could I be after preemie twins right? Nope, so many different questions and I know each baby is different, but I think the situation you're in (and I was) makes it even more confusing. As long as stuff is going in and coming out and she seems comfortable, I would suggest that she's doing well!

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Re : Does this seem normal? (feeding question)

Postby patty » Thu Oct 22, 2009 05:32 pm

by patty (667 Posts), Thu Oct 22, 2009 05:32 pm

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Originally posted by Season

It does sound like a growth spurt - her body is demanding that your body makes more milk. Be careful, the bottles can confuse the message and may interfere with your supply meeting her demand.



I agree with this completely. As far as the taking so much from the bottle are you using slow flow nipples? It can be hard for them to know they are full and if it is coming out really fast sometimes they will take it all regardless. It does not mean they are starving or not getting enough at the breast.
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Re : Does this seem normal? (feeding question)

Postby sheri-ct » Fri Oct 23, 2009 09:42 pm

by sheri-ct (685 Posts), Fri Oct 23, 2009 09:42 pm

Thanks, everyone! I think I have a big eater on my hands....LOL! We are going to the pedi on Monday, but I'm guessing she has gained a lot. She is about to grow out of newborn clothes and she feels heavy to me. She is still taking 7-8 oz (yikes!) for the 1 one bottle I give her (I make sure I pump so my body will still produce, and I am using a stage 1 nipple). I have tried several times to give her less, but she will cry for hours! She does fall asleep halfway through the bottle, but wakes after 10 minutes or so looking for the rest. She has been sleeping 6-8 hours after the bottle, which is really nice! I'm guessing she is just catching up for the lack of nutrition she was getting on the inside.

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Re : Does this seem normal? (feeding question)

Postby sheri-ct » Fri Nov 06, 2009 07:26 pm

by sheri-ct (685 Posts), Fri Nov 06, 2009 07:26 pm

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Originally posted by alviarin

How's your thyroid been though?




I just got my b/w back and my TSH is .04.....YIKES!!!! My endo said that hyper will impact my supply. She dropped me from 75 (pre-pregnancy dose) to 25.

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Re : Does this seem normal? (feeding question)

Postby alviarin » Sat Nov 07, 2009 01:10 am

by alviarin (1644 Posts), Sat Nov 07, 2009 01:10 am

Yikes indeed! I hope you aren't experiencing any hyper symptoms though, and reach your thyroid "sweet spot" soon. When do you go back in for a re-test?

Mary Shomon, thyroid patient, advocate, and author, shares that her milk supply was negatively impacted by hyperthyroidism. Though I have one friend who was still able to pump more than enough milk for her daughter, even when she went hyper postpartum.
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