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Name: denise
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My little girl is 4 months and only weighs about 12 lbs, and is still wearing 0-3 months clothes, she weighed 7pounds 7 ounces at birth. At 2 months she weighed 10lbs 14oz, she only gained just over a pound in two months! We are exclusivly breastfeeding and she eats about every 2-3 hours. The doctors told me she is fine although they like to see babies gain an ounces a day, I am very worried. She is a happy baby and seems content after eating, her motor skills are right on track: shes rolling 1 way, raising her chest off the floor, pushing up with her hands while on her tummy and sitting well with support. Even though the doctors say she looks healthy (they haven't run any tests) I can't help but wonder if there isn't something wrong, any body have any similar stories or words of encouragment?
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Name: lindalu | Date: Jul 15th, 2006 1:26 AM
Hi Denise if she is doing all the things she should for her age I would not worrie. Some babys are simply smaller than others, after all when she was born did she weigh the same as every other newborn? No! she may just be a petite baby is all. my sister's daughter was 2 years wearing 12 month old cloths. If the doctor doesn't seem conserned about it than don't you worrie your little head over it LOL! 

Name: EthansMom0213 | Date: Jul 15th, 2006 3:43 AM
As lindalu mentioned, if the doctor doesn't seem to concern don't worry about it. Also try not to compare you daughter to other children her age. You could find yourself in a situation where you think something is wrong because you daughter hasn't done something another child did that was her age. Each child is different. Some kid are smaller. My son at 2 months was 16 lbs and was wearing 3 - 6 month clothes. He's now 2 1/2 and wears 3T-4T. My cousin's little girl is three months older then my son is is still in 24 months. 

Name: Denise | Date: Jul 15th, 2006 4:32 AM
My son just turned 4 months today. I weighed him today and he is 17 pounds. I was breast feeding off and on for the last three months, but is mainly on formula now. He weighed 7 lbs. 8 oz. at birth. Most boys are bigger than girls though, and every child develops at his or her own time, but 12 lbs. to me seems very small. However, breast fed babies are usually smaller than formula fed babies. Ask the doctor if you should be supplementing her with extra milk, ask him what percentile she is in on the growth chart for the average 4 month old. If she has recently had a check up and he said she is OK, then I would not worry as much, but you have to trust your instincts too, after all you are her mother and you are with her 24/7. Are you and your husband small framed people? Were her other sibblings just as small? 

Name: Denise | Date: Jul 15th, 2006 4:37 AM
Is your daughter loosing a lot of fluids through diarrhea or spit up? If not, and seems content after every feeding and eats every 2-3 hours, it sounds like she is OK. 

Name: Melissa | Date: Jul 15th, 2006 8:58 AM
if u talk to your doc & he/she checks the growth chart your daughter will probably be really low on it but don't worry. most growth charts are based on formula fed babies and they are usually bigger! all babies are different and just like with adults they come in all different sizes. as long as you are getting enough wet and poppy diapers in a day and she seem content after nursing then she should be fine. just want to tell you one more thing i think that it is great that you choose to breastfeed your daughter and i hope that no one will talk you into supplimenting with formula. my son wasn't gaining weight well when he was younger and i had 2 different docs tell me that i needed to switch to formula. but i stuck it out and put in a couple of more feedings and he is doing great. actually big for his age now. so good luck and i hope u stick with it! 

Name: mommyagain | Date: Jul 15th, 2006 11:53 AM
I know how hard it can be denise... I have worried about my 6 year old for a very long time. She is six but looks a young 4. She has always been small. But everything is fine its just how she is. It is very hard when it is in our nature to feed our children and keep them healthy. I used to worry constantly. I remember when she was born we were shopping and she hadnt woke up to eat for like 6 hours I was so worried I called my doctor AT HOME! She was fine, she was tired. She of course didnt starve herself. You little girl seems just fine... she is just going to be a beautiful petite little girl! 

Name: denise | Date: Jul 17th, 2006 10:47 PM
Just wanted to update everyone, went to the doctors again today, baby has been at the 25%, today she was only 5% in weight and 25 in height so yes the doctor wants to supplement, I don't. I was bawling when I left the doctors today I feel like I am failing my little girl but not being able to provide her with the nutrients she needs. I spoke to a lacation consultant who told me not to supplement but get a hospital pump to increase/ check my supply. So I am going to get one tomorrow, I will keep everyone posted. To answer your questions: Our family is tall and lean, I'm 5'10 and before my pregnancys I was about 130 pounds, won't admit to what I am now! Yes she does have reflux but its pretty controlled, the only time shes spits up is if I eat dairy and she has plently of wet/dirty diapers

Melissa: what did you do when they told you to switch to formula? 

Name: Amanda110405 | Date: Jul 17th, 2006 11:28 PM
If the pump dont work I would just give her formula if you try your best and it dont work than its not your fault, some people's body just dont make enough, I couldnt breastfeed my son I didnt produce enough I was only producing a vary little no matter what I did I had to swich to forumla I didnt want to but I had to I know its not the best for a baby but in my case it is better than nothing. Your case may be diffrent but It was unavoidable to give my child fourmla 

Name: Melissa | Date: Jul 18th, 2006 4:28 AM
i absolutly did not give formula!!! i went out and bought a pump and started to pump in between feedings to help increase my supply. also make sure u are drinking tons of water. there is also a herb called fenugreek, but you can find it at health food stores, that you can take that will increase your supply or get it online. also if you are a google nut like me, do a search on "increasing milk supply" and you will find some good websites. also keep talking to a lactation consultant. mine was a life saver for me. good luck and i hope you can get this figured out. if you want some one on one support you can email me at [email protected] 

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