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Breastfeeding, Supplementing and Baby Weight Gain

Hi all! Hope everyone is having a good week 🙂 I haven’t gotten around to writing about yet, but I thought I’d talk a little about breastfeeding…or lack thereof. I know a lot of mamas deal with this. Having trouble getting enough for your little one.

Currently, my daughter (who will be 3 months tomorrow) is in the 25% of weight. Month one she was in the 50% and then month 2 went down to 25% which is a significant drop. We are doing a 3 month follow up with our pediatrician next week to see if she’s made any progress.

With my son (who is now 3 1/2 years old and eats like there’s no tomorrow) he was also in the 25% of weight as well and I think still is. My husband is on the thinner side and I’m pretty petite so I feel it makes sense that they would be on the lower end of the spectrum. But, as mamas, we feel this pressure from people and our drs that we’re not doing a good enough job. And it’s so frustrating and emotionally hard when you feel that you can’t produce enough for your child. I know I’m making enough because I can pump a good 5 oz no problem. So, for me, I feel like I am producing enough but she just doesn’t want that much. And I think it’s just because it’s our genes. I’ve actually tried feeding her more (every two hours instead of every 2 1/2 to 3) and she doesn’t want it. I’ve even tried supplementing right after giving her a 2oz bottle because maybe she isn’t getting enough but she doesn’t want it. Ever since I had my gallstones I do give her one bottle of formula per day since I was not really able to eat sufficiently while having my attacks. So we do 8 feeds per day (she sleeps though the night now) with 1 being a formula feed. Hopefully when we got to the pediatrician on Monday she will have gained a bit more weight. But honestly, as emotionally hard as it can be, I’m telling myself not to worry. A fed baby is best. And if our pediatrician says I need to stop and switch to formula then I guess I need to come to terms with that and know that all will be ok. I was formula fed and I think I turned out all right! I just want my little girl to be happy and healthy. And for me to not get so beat up if I’m the one with the milk problem! 🙂 Anyway, I’ll jeep you all posted on how it goes. Happy Tuesday everybody!

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