Saturday, June 11, 2011

Weight Gain Update :(

Sigh. Pretty discouraged today. We had the boys weighed yesterday. Camden weighs 11.4 lbs and Christian weighs 10.7 lbs.
For Camden is just gaining just a half ounce a day and Christian not even a half ounce, and he has only gained 5 ounces in the last month. :(

My LC asked if I thought my milk supply was low, to which I replied no. Christian seemed to be okay, just not nursing for long (but remember he downed 4oz from me in 9 min) and just skinny.
Camden had recently started getting really upset after only 3 minutes in, screaming and refusing to re-latch even though he seemed hungry. I thought it was his reflux.
But after seeing the lack of weight gain on the boys she thinks for sure my milk supply has dwindled for whatever reason, and that the fat content in my milk is low.

So....I am taking several herbs and adding in foods known to promote good milk supply. The problem is, it takes a few days for it to kick in. And the pediatrican wants to see them on Tuesday which doesn't give me much time.
So, the LC is having me bottle feed my frozen breast milk and then pump, and even pump through the night (even though they haven't been waking in the middle of the night) to try and kick my supply back up. These little guys are hungry.
The only problem...the hate the bottle. So not only are they refusing me, they are refusing the bottle and I am so stressed about the whole thing.

Everyone keeps saying, "Don't stress or worry, that affects your milk supply" Well what the heck else am I supposed to do!?

At 3 months things were great, and I haven't changed a darn thing. How can I go from totally positive thinking we'd make it to my ultimate goal of 1 totally deflated wondering if we are going to make it another week.

Sorry for the bummer post.


Camden, Christian



  1. The girls were slow gainers. . .still are. bUT, they never slept through Tyne night until a year. As much as you hate to do it, I'd recommend waking them to feed at lest once a night. They are actually probably too young to naturally sleep as long as they do and breastfeed. And, as much as it may make you feel crazy, wake them up separately so that each gets a good feed. This will help increase your supply, and hopefully will get em to gain. It will not help your sleep. . .but, as a mom "on the other side" sleep I'll come eventually:) hugs!

  2. Oh boo! So sorry to hear they think your supply has dropped! I agree with the LC - try pumping in the middle of the night again. . .I had to wake up at 4 AM for that extra pump session to get enough for my girls (months 3-6), even though they were sleeping through the night. It sucks. But breastfeeding is AWESOME for them, and you are doing an AWESOME job!! Don't let anyone tell you otherwise! If you end up having to supplement you end up having to supplement. It stinks, but it's okay! You are doing a fabulous job raising your little peanuts!
    Try to stay as calm as possible (impossible I know), and try the different things the LC suggested to see if you can get your supply back up. IF you can't, still feed them as much as you can, but be open to supplementing. I had a really hard time BF'ing my girls around the 4 month mark and it hasn't gotten any easier since (unfortunately). They are 8 months now and sometimes they BF really well, but most of the time they don't. They have learned that if they don't BF then they have to get either BM in a bottle instead. They are okay with that. They will get used to the bottle if they have to, even if they don't like it. Try not to worry about that!!
    The boys are ADORABLE!! You have been so so blessed!! =) Enjoy every minute!

  3. hmmmmmm. Sounds like a hard time indeed. But it is good you can vent here. You know, I am no lactation expert, and I don't have multiples but I would suggest that if your boys are sleeping thru the night, happily, and having enough wet diapers......then maybe they are just slow weight gainers? I have come to find the docs in America like to err on the side of caution A LOT. If your boys seem your Motherly instincts.

  4. Don't give up!

    That being said, we gave up bf-ing at 3 months and I dont' regret it. BUT my girls had TONS of issues and it wasn't working out for any of us. 1 year was my goal and we only made it 3 months. With a lot of supplementing. But you know, my kids are healthy, happy and growing and THAT is the most important thing! For the first 3 months, I lived by the idea that an breastmilk is success. So don't feel bad if you have to give a little formula.

    But like I said, don't give up! I tried the fenugreek and the Mother's Milk Tea and pumping every 2 hours... It was nuts. Also remember that you don't HAVE to do what your pediatrician says. You can keep doing what you are doing and bring them back for another weight check in a few weeks. Good luck! The fact that you have made it this far with twins is a huge success! Way to go mom!