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We had the 4 monthly check up today and the nurse was very happy. He'd only gained 490 grams/1.1 pounds in one month though. He weighs 5.8kgs/12lbs7oz. She said she isn't concerned because he's very alert, reaching all his milestones and generally a very contented baby. She suggested maybe I could try sneaking in an extra feed. How? Ryan sleeps straight through from 10pm-6am. I feed him 3 hourly from 6am, which means he gets 6 feeds per day. Should I wake him before I go to bed around midnight and feed him?

Just FYI, I am exclusively breastfeeding.

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timecankill
Feb. 13th, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
does not seem like Ryan has a problem with eating when he is hungry! Dont wake him, if he sleeps and doesnt wake to eat, he isnt hungry. I would say was not the best advice from the nurse.
My best friends son was only just hitting 14 lbs when he was 6 months.. the size of Holden at 3 months. The ped tried to tell her she needed to force feed her son.. and she didnt listen but he then had his big growth spurt and he is a bug chubba wubba now and very mobile.
There is some huge growth spurt around 3-4 months and maybe he just hasnt had his yet.
franno
Feb. 13th, 2008 12:58 pm (UTC)
Yea, the nurse said he was due for a spurt. I don't want to wake him..I'm scared if I do he'll start waking because he's used to it. Maybe I'll just give him an extra feed in the evening :)
rlwyatt
Feb. 13th, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
Ashlynn is also very tiny. Last week she was 11 lbs. 6 oz. She'll be 4 months on Monday. We call her dainty. She is at day care during the day. I can barely pump enough to keep up with her so adding an extra feeding during the day is troublesome. I'm considering doing a midnight feeding. She usually sleeps from 9 p.m.-5 a.m. but some nights she wakes up at 2 a.m...so I know she'd wake up if she were hungry. I'm considering waking her at midnight for a feeding and seeing if she'll then go until her normal 5 a.m. That way at least she is getting a consistent night time feeding but we'll see. It's easier for me to get up at midnight than 2 a.m. I'm going to talk to the doc about it on Monday. I know she'll push for rice cereal but I know that's lower in calories than breastmilk.
franno
Feb. 13th, 2008 01:15 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking the same thing. It's easier for me to feed Ryan at midnight because that's when I go to bed. I'm just worried that he'll get used to it and then wake up at that time naturally.
rlwyatt
Feb. 13th, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC)
Could you maybe not do it every single day?

I'm finding Ashlynn is really restless all night long. Moving a lot in her sleep. I'm wondering if she's hungry but just too tired to wake up. Hmmm, that thought just came to me.
franno
Feb. 13th, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC)
Hmm actually that's a good idea....I might give that a try!

Oh, I'm not too sure about that one...I thought if they were hungry enough it would wake them hard? I don't know, it's hard isn't it?!?
lynda
Feb. 13th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure the charts the peds use are for formula fed infants, so they don't really apply to breastfed infants, sadly. If he seems healthy and has a good diaper output, he sounds like he's getting enough for him!

Congratulations, he's beautiful!
franno
Feb. 13th, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Yea, his diaper outputs are definitely good. :)
purangel
Feb. 13th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
You're right, they're for formula fed infants. There's a breastfeeding growth chart on Kellymom.

http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/growth/growthcharts.html

Franno, Ryan was only 6 lbs, 1 oz when he was born. If you look at the growth chart for breast fed boys, then he is pretty much EXACTLY where he needs to be. I personally wouldn't think you need to feed him extra if he's not asking for it.

franno
Feb. 13th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you *so* much for the reassurance, and for that website! How great is it? Thanks again!
crazy_angel_84
Feb. 13th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
Happy 4 month! :)
Did your baby not get any vaccinations? Lili goes today, and I hate those things! :(

I wouldnt wake him. HE`s gaining, if he goes often enough and meets his milestones, I wouldnt, but thats just me! :)
franno
Feb. 13th, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
I have to make an appointment with my GP to get those. In the next week or so. :)

Yea, I don't think I should wake him either. I figure he'll tell me when he's hungry!
madge_pastiche
Feb. 14th, 2008 08:54 am (UTC)
Sorry to be a naysayer, but my Ollie is super fat from breast milk! At the high end of the normal charts. But also, they can eat and sleep! I bet if you pick her up gently and put her on a breast at midnight she'll eat without waking up enough to be a problem!
franno
Feb. 14th, 2008 11:52 am (UTC)
Yea I might try that again tonight :)
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