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February 03, 2008

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Anonymous

why don't you just switch her over to formula so she can gain some weight?

hadjare

I feel inclined to tell your first Anon commenter that breastmilk in general has more calories than formula. Breastmilk averages 22 calories per ounce, while formula is 20. Anyway. I have been eagerly awaiting updates on Ellie Hopefully your supply won't decrease too much -- especially if you are pumping when she would normally nurse. Or at least take a while to take a nosedive. Have you thought about, if that happens, then will you supplement Abby (since she is bigger) with formula and keep Ellie on breastmilk longer?

Lea Bee

i find that happens...once you get some energy in, the baby has more energy to eat. easy to go into a downward spiral the other way: no energy to eat=less eating=no energy to eat etc.so glad to hear ellie is doing better!

behelman

Thank you for the update... I've been thinking of your little Ellie. My 10 month old had SEVERE reflux from 2-6 months of age and refused to eat the majority of the time; the only time he would readily eat was when he was sleepy. I actually enjoyed the 3 am feedings since I knew he would be tired enough to eat then (without the reflux bothering him). Also, he would ONLY take the bottle from ME and only ME (I had low milk supply so b/f wasn't an option). My life revolved around feeding him, worrying about him, etc. Fortunately, he did continue to gain weight (about 1 lb. a month)so the Dr. wasn't too concerned. He also continued to be the happy, alert, and energetic little guy he's always been. When he started eating solids, his reflux slowly dissolved. Now it's just an unpleasant memory. He's still on the small side and not the best eater but it's so much better than before. As my Rabbi told me, "this too shall pass" (the eating problems)...and it finally did. That helped me get through the agonizing days when he refused to eat. These difficult days with Ellie will pass too, of course. My thoughts are with you and your beautiful children.

Erin

(Sorry about that, it was me) I am so glad that you've got a better option than no breastfeeding--I was just reading the post before this and was so angry at Dr. C for her behavior and attitude about Ellie being a statistic. Then I read the rest of it and was so very thankful that you have such a wonderful pediatrician who is going to bat to make this work for you and your babies, so that all three will be as healthy as can be.I hope that the fortified breastmilk is just what it takes for Ellie to catch up with her sister and brother. It sounds like she's already doing better, which is a relief. And you are a wonderful, absolutely selfless mama for being so committed and concerned about the health of your children!

Anonymous

hey there,while I was not huge on the whole breast feeding thing, i did it for my boys, it was easy for me and I had no problems, in saying that my eldest (now 41/2 - started school today - very sad day)failed to thrive. At no time did anyone point the finger at me but it is hard not to beat yourself up when you are their entire food source. I worked very hard to get Luke to gain weight, but nothing worked, it was only when he started to become more mobile that he would look for more food( he was a great sleeper too, 14 hours a night, very lucky, not so lucky with the next!). I had plenty of milk - I was like a jersey cow! I did find that dream feeding him through the night helped (might not have directly helped him, but made me feel a little better). Both of my sons (the other is 31/2) are asthmatic and sensitive to preservitives, so I feel that my brestfeeding was a great help to them, providing them with everything they needed in regards to immunity etc. You are doing a great job, life is tuff and 'mother gulit' is hard but you are loving your babies and doing everything in your power to care for them. have faith in your abilities and your intuition as a mother.good luck with everythingleonie from Australia(i don't have a blog but you can find me on facebook, leonie ripper)

pam

just fyi - i didn't see this post when i emailed you the other day with my defensive PS about formula feeding my boys. after reading your last two posts, i hope you don't think i was saying that in reaction to your posts! :D

Anonymous

Thank you for addressing commenters' questions. It's really helpful to see all this good information.Filling Ellie's tummy with water would most likely be useless, yes. Testing whether she will take a bottle of water when she is striking, however, could provide useful data.if I have to supplement with formula, I'm doing so with the support of my pediatrician, rather than with the dismissal of the GI docThis is such a significant distinction. Good for you for being aware of it.

triLcat

Good luck. This must be so hard. I wish I'd had the option of breastfeeding my baby (I had a severely limited milk supply), and I commend you for all the effort you're putting into it. You must be exhausted between pumping, breastfeeding, and just taking care of three kids. You're absolutely right that with her being so small and delicate, she really needs to have the breastmilk. When babies get sick, they lose weight. That would be a disaster for Ellie right now. Your antibodies are absolutely essential at this point! I'm really impressed at how seriously you're taking the problems, and I believe that you and the doctor(s) will find a solution to make Ellie grow better. BTW 1. I assume that you realize that you can feed a sleeping baby? 2. Trust your instincts! Not every baby grows the same. If your baby looks healthy to you, they probably are. If she doesn't, she probably isn't.

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