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My baby has been having difficulty gaining weight - are there any dietary changes or feeding techniques I should consider?

Hi everyone,

I am a new mom and my 6-month-old baby girl has been having trouble gaining weight. She was born weighing 6.5 pounds, but at her last checkup, she was only at the 20th percentile for weight. Her pediatrician suggested I start supplementing with formula, but I really want to breastfeed exclusively if possible. I have been trying to nurse her more frequently and for longer periods, but she seems to get frustrated and pulls away after a few minutes.

I am wondering if there are any dietary changes I should be making or feeding techniques I should try in order to help my baby gain weight. Are there certain foods I should be eating more of to increase my milk supply? Has anyone else dealt with this issue, and if so, what worked for you?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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mandy29

Hi there,

When my daughter was experiencing difficulty gaining weight, my pediatrician recommended that I try cluster feeding. Cluster feeding is when you offer the breast to the baby more frequently for a period of several hours. This technique helps stimulate milk production and increase your baby's calorie intake.

During these sessions, I would keep my baby close to me as much as possible, offer both breasts frequently and for longer periods, and try to sit in a comfortable and relaxed posture. This helped keep my milk flowing and minimized disruptions.

Alongside cluster feeding, I also made some dietary changes by increasing my consumption of foods high in healthy fats and protein. Some examples include eggs, nut butter, avocados, and coconut oil. These foods helped stimulate my milk production and fostered my baby's healthy growth.

Additionally, I found that babywearing was also helpful in encouraging her to feed for longer periods by allowing her to feed on demand while I continued with my daily routine. The baby carrier helped me to keep her close to me, making breastfeeding more convenient.

Lastly, I worked with a lactation consultant who gave me personalized suggestions and recommendations to improve my breastfeeding skills and feeding technique.

I hope these tips help; know that every baby is unique, and what works for others may not work for your baby. Stay encouraged and keep trying different techniques until you find what works for you and your little one.

tbauch

Hi there!

I had a similar experience with my 3-month-old daughter. She was born small and struggled to gain weight, even with formula supplementation. I was determined to breastfeed exclusively, so I did some research and found that certain foods can help increase milk production.

I started eating oatmeal, nuts, and drinking lots of water, and I also tried pumping after each feeding to increase stimulation and milk production. Within a few weeks, my daughter started gaining weight more consistently and was eventually back on track with her growth curve.

Another thing that helped me was working with a lactation consultant to improve my daughter's latch and feeding technique. It can be helpful to have someone observe and give you personalized advice.

I hope this helps and best of luck to you and your little one!

opurdy

Hi there,

I can relate to your situation as my son also had trouble gaining weight in his early days. Since I was unable to produce sufficient amounts of milk to meet his needs, my pediatrician suggested supplementing with formula.

However, after some research, I found that by increasing my calorie intake, I could improve my milk production. I started eating foods rich in calories and protein, such as avocado, nuts, cheese, and peanut butter. This not only helped me gain some healthy weight but also improved my milk production.

Another tip that worked for me was to breastfeed for longer periods and more frequently, even if he didn't seem hungry. This helped keep my milk production up and allowed my son to consume more milk at each feeding. I also made sure that he was latching on correctly, which was essential for effective milk transfer.

Overall, these dietary changes, along with some lactation consulting, helped my son gain weight, and he's now a healthy toddler. I wish you all the best in your breastfeeding journey!

randal.upton

Hello,

I also faced difficulty in breastfeeding my baby when she was experiencing weight issues. Like the other users mentioned, I made some dietary changes and focused on increasing my milk production.

One thing that worked for me was to consume lactation cookies, tea, and supplements. They were enriched with ingredients such as oats, fenugreek, and brewer's yeast, which helped to boost my milk supply. I also tried power pumping, pumping multiple times for a shorter period, instead of one long session, as it increased my milk production.

Another technique that helped was paced bottle feeding when giving my daughter breast milk in a bottle. This helped her prevent choking, overfeeding or underfeeding, and made it easier for her to transition back to the breast. Paced bottle feeding simulates breastfeeding with slower, more frequent feedings.

Lastly, I found it helpful to keep a feeding log, identify patterns, and make necessary changes. This helped me track her feedings, diaper changes, and weight gain, and allowed me to make informed decisions when making corrective changes.

I hope my experience helps you overcome your breastfeeding struggles. Best of luck!

ignatius59

Hello,

My son also had difficulty gaining weight, and I was initially hesitant to supplement with formula. However, after consulting with my pediatrician, I decided to combine breastfeeding with formula supplementation to ensure he was getting enough nutrients to maintain a healthy weight.

I found that using a slow flow nipple allowed for a more natural feeding experience compared to a standard nipple. This made it easier for my son to switch from breast to bottle and back without any issues.

In addition to this, I made sure to feed him in an upright position, which helped to minimize gas and prevent spit-up. I also burped him frequently and after every feeding to avoid dislodging the recently consumed milk.

Lastly, I focused on providing his body with high-quality nutrients by introducing a variety of nutrient-dense foods as he started solids. This helped to boost his general overall health and ensured he got the necessary nutrients to grow and develop at a healthy rate.

In summary, combining breastfeeding with formula and incorporating a variety of feeding techniques can help ensure a healthy weight gain for babies with difficulty gaining weight.

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