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Breastfeeding tip : Recognising a growth spurt

* You feel as though you haven't got enough
* Baby getting upset at the breast (though can be a sign of other common problems)
* Baby is breastfeeding often or almost nonstop (feel like baby is always wanting to feed)
* A baby who was previously sleeping through the night is now waking to breast feed several times
* Baby will latch and unlatch, fussing in between

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Post by just Rachel on Wed Mar 12, 2008 6:42 am

I took Andrew to the baby clinic yesterday and he has only put on 2lb in 10 weeks. I was concerned so I spoke to HV. Andrew eats breakfast and tea and has lots of breastfeeds.

HV was not too concerned as Andrew has been quite poorly this past month with chicken pox then eye infection followed by his ear and chest infection...Followed by diarrhea from the medicine

I have decided to get him weighed weekly so I can keep an eye on his weight and he will also be having 3 meals a day instead of the two.

Has anyone else's baby had slow weight gain?
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Post by nichola on Wed Mar 12, 2008 9:35 am

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:aww: try not to worry about Andrews weight. It is understandable that he wont have gained much recently because he will have been using his energy to fight the infections and get well not to grow.

As long as he is not actually losing weight I would try not to worry (easier said than done I know!)

If you want to increase his weight could you try adding a few extra breastfeeds for a while? Your breastmilk will help him recover from being ill and it is very rich in calories.

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Post by just Rachel on Fri Mar 14, 2008 6:46 am

Andrew has a fantastic appetite and always has eaten whatever I feed him. I always offer him breastmilk before about an hour before a meal. He was having a breakfast and a tea with a pudding. Now I am also giving him a lunch.

Andrew looks a lot better than he did a few weeks ago, I will keep an eye on what he is eating and get him weighed regular.
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Post by nickyjones on Fri Mar 14, 2008 11:37 am

My HV said that when you start weaning yours babies weight normally levels out for a bit until (ie they stop gaining weight). So I think this is completely normal.

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Post by Helen on Fri Mar 14, 2008 4:10 pm

yeah i agree with what nicky says. My little one is only 3 month but i remember my niece's weight levelling out and her not gaining much x
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Post by kay on Fri Mar 14, 2008 4:21 pm

He is eating well and happy and healthy, so just keep an eye on his weight at clinic as planned if you are worried.
Like you said, he has been poorly, and is weaning, so its natural his weight gain wont be huge lately.

The main thing is he is eating well and past his poorly stage :aww:

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Post by ldnug on Sun Mar 16, 2008 7:47 am

Emily gained weight very slowly but it perfectly healthy.

She still only weighs 17lbs at a year.
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Post by jools on Sun Mar 16, 2008 7:57 am

nickyjones wrote:My HV said that when you start weaning yours babies weight normally levels out for a bit until (ie they stop gaining weight). So I think this is completely normal.

Yes me too! Brody gained weight really fast at first but once he hit 5/6 months it slowed down quite alot! :aww:
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Post by Natasha on Sun Mar 16, 2008 1:53 pm

Aww im sorry I missed this one.

I agree with what everyone has said, its perfectly normal and considering hes been poorly, its to be expected.

You are doing great Rachel! :aww:

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Post by just Rachel on Fri Mar 28, 2008 6:34 am

I took Andrew to be weighed 7 days after the last visit.....He had put on 1/2 lb in 1 week affraid

Looks like it was his illness that had stopped his weight gain.
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Post by kay on Fri Mar 28, 2008 8:32 am

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Post by jools on Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:44 am

cheers cheers That's great!
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Post by piesmummy2006 on Fri Mar 28, 2008 10:42 am

cheers bliss cheers
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Post by just Rachel on Fri May 09, 2008 4:36 am

My Andrew now weighs 16lb 4 he is piling on the weight now.
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Post by kay on Fri May 09, 2008 7:16 am

cheers Brilliant!!!

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Post by kay on Fri May 09, 2008 7:17 am

love your new pic by the way!!

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Post by jools on Fri May 09, 2008 7:31 am

That's great! cheers I love the pic too! Very Happy
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Post by Kasia80 on Fri May 09, 2008 8:47 am

Well done, Rachel!!!Keep the good job up :bighug: They do everything at their own pace, even gaining weight!
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Post by SarahW on Fri May 09, 2008 9:00 am

great news well done andrew
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Post by Helen on Fri May 09, 2008 12:40 pm

:cheer: :cheer: :cheer:
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Post by Natasha on Fri May 09, 2008 5:46 pm

:aww: Well done hun!!

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Post by piesmummy2006 on Fri May 09, 2008 8:17 pm

cheers yey well done!!! cheers
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Post by just Rachel on Sat May 10, 2008 5:00 am

I love taking pics and am making a scrapbook of all 3 children so I can show them when they are older. I have hospital bracelets, cord clamps and their tape measures to put in the book as well as scan pics.
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