Stalked by the Stork...a diary of raising twelve kids

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Mia's 9 month checkup

Was not great. Not even a little. I have had concerns for the past couple of weeks regarding my milk supply and her weight gain. I suspected she wasn't gaining as she should, and not getting enough milk from me. After I was sick at New Years, my milk supply dropped drastically.
The appointment confirmed that Miss Mia weighs only 15 pounds. The problem is, she weighed 14 back in September. So, she has dropped drastically on her growth curve. We were seeing the nurse practitioner, who went and got the pediatrician, who came in and she was able to observe how Mia nurses, gets frustrated, and pulls away when she isn't getting the milk she wants. I told them that we'd tried formula but that Mia wouldn't take the bottle. Our doctor suggested trying the disposables that are used for newborns in the hospital, with the easy flow nipples. She brought some of those in, and Mia guzzled four ounces in minutes. Four ounces. After I had just nursed her a few times over the last hour. She then settled into a longgggg, happy, full belly sleep. While waiting for this appointment, I had been giving her as much table food as possible so that she'd have enough to eat. It breaks my heart to think she was still hungry.
Wednesday I go visit Tammy, the world's most awesome midwife and see if she can prescribe Reglin for me to boost my supply. I will also be supplementing with formula from the newborn bottles after each nursing session.
On top of this, our pediatrician wants us to bring Mia in for an X-ray of her skull, as she is slightly concerned about the fusion of her skull bones and that they may have closed prematurely (I'm still a bit foggy on those details actually, I had trouble moving past thinking that Mia may have been hungry for the past few weeks).
So, tonight, I'm kind of bummed. But I know that in the whole scope of life, this is not the end of the world. It's easily fixed and we'll all be fine. So I don't want to be over dramatic about it. I have mixed emotions with giving her the formula. On one hand, it is very satisfying to see her drink till her belly is full and rest content. On the other hand, it makes me sad to think that my body didn't do its job for her. Hoping I can get my supply up soon. Off to down some water bottles!


Anonymous said...

One of my daughters ended up having to switch to formula completely. She'd tried everything but her milk just dried up. Know how upsetting it can be. Your body isn't really letting you's responding to your being sick, etc. It just happens! You're going to do what you can to see if you can get more milk to come in but whatever happens, getting Mia what she needs is the most important. And for what it's worth...was reading that now they're saying babies getting formula is good because breast milk doesn't have iron in it or some such thing.
Know that I'm still here praying!
Jeremiah 29:11-13 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
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Elizabeth said...

There are some great homeopathic herbal teas that help boost milk production. A friend who was Adopting, used them to help her in hope of nursing her adopted baby. With other things, like pumping, she actually was able to nurse!
We'll pray for you.
Pax Christi, E

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