Tips for getting a 3-4 month old baby drink more milk?
hiya, feeling a bit low today - just had DD weighed and she's now on 9th centile (down from about the 80th centile at birth). i don't get her weighed more than once a month but each time i go she has dropped a line each time and its getting really disheartening
i'm pretty confident i dont have any milk supply issues. she only wants to drink from one side at a time, and most feeds it doesnt even feel like she empties the one side. she sleeps long stretches at night (sometimes waking once for a feed between 9pm and 7am), and feeds every 1-3 hrs in the day (totally on demand really). most feeds are just so quick and she just doesnt seem to have much of an appetite, but she is generally well, alert and meeting milestones.
does anyone have any tips on what i can do to get her feeding a bit more enthusiastically? i don't want to go down the top ups route (even if its expressed milk) as she's cr*p with a bottle, i have a 2yr old to care for as well (so its not very practical) and im scared i'll start getting extremely obsessed with amounts!
btw she was born 8lb, 3oz and now weighs 11lb, 5oz at 15wks old.
thanks so much for posting ellie - i'd noticed your story on a couple of other threads - must have been so stressful at your LO's low point. was so relieved for you that you managed to get his rate of growth back up. Doesnt it just show how calorific that night feed is that it did the trick!
i would be so chuffed if we could get DD to grow 6oz a week! she put on 8oz 1 wk when she was about a month old (distant memory now lol!) then proceeded to average 4oz a wk (which i thought was bad enough!)...now the latest weigh in and she's only grown 2.5oz a wk on average for the past 6 wks!
trying not to be down in the dumps about it. keep finding myself wishing her life away to a few months down the line where i dont have to worry about her growing so slowly tho, and it just shouldn't be like that!
another complication for us is that DD doesnt take kindly to being fed unless she's asked for it!...and that includes being encouraged to feed more in a sitting if she thinks she's finished!... still i've gotta do something, so have decided im going to try and make her take both breasts before bed at 10pm approx, and then another feed at 3am (usually if she has a big feed before bed, she'd go thru to 6 or 7am, and sometimes she'd go thru without even having a big bedtime feed!). is it a struggle to wake your little boy for that extra night feed?
what r your thoughts on weaning as well? we weaned DS at 5 months, but im inclined to wait it out with DD if she carries on at ths rate... i just can't see her taking the solids ON TOP of her milk intake as her appetite is so small...and then her weight gain could slow even further eeeekkk!!!
I would maybe try offering a feed more often. During the day my lo likes to nurse more like every 1.5 hrs. and he and the feeding only lasts about 10 mins. and he is a chunker! at 3 months he weighed 15.5 lbs, he was born weighing 7.5 lbs. Also you can do what pp said, wake lo for a feed in the middle of the night.
Also wanted too add a little reassurance, my dd was a tiny little thing, she was always more lean and she is now a healthy 8 yro. so try not to stress they always have a way of catching up!
Thanks MJ, that really helps! It's nice to hear ladies who have been through similar and come through it - it's too easy to be stuck in the moment and over-analyse it all. (I had a few issues with DS a couple of yrs ago - he was born early, jaundiced, took a little while to get back to his birthweight, I had mastitis twice and he had reflux and used to spit up a huge amount of milk...anywho, come his 2yr check up, they told me he was on the 91st centile lol!!!)
think i might have to go the night feeding route unfortunately - I've tried upping her day feeds before, and she just isn't hungry enough to be interested in feeding more frequently, and often refuses to latch for those 'extra' feeds! Little madam!
Since I started waking him at 16wks he has slept better.
I wake him about 4/5 hrs after he has gone down.
In the 4 weeks I have been doing this, not only has his weight rocketed (as it was so poor!) but he has not actually woke up on his own.
It might sound weird but it is so much easier to wake up to an alarm clock than to wake up to a screaming baby who wants fed.
As I am waking him, he is perhaps not taking the biggest feed ever, but that has been enough for him!!
Re weaning - waiting til 6 months here, as with my daughter. Breastmilk is so much more fattening than fruit/vegs etc. I will not offer anything til 6 months and even then, it will be tastes only for a while - my daughter only had a small lunch, then from 7 months 2 small meals then 3 small meals from 9 months on. Milk is still their main source of nutrition til age 1
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