Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Sylvia | 2010-02-17



My little girl is now 9 months old, 4 weeks ago I started giving her Infacare for during the day when Im at work between 7am and 5pm because for some unknown reason my breast milk has reduced tremendously I can' t even fill up a 150ml bottle when expressing even though Im taking Espiride as prescribed by my GP. My baby adjusted well to the formula but at the last weigh in at the clinic she had not gained weight, she was about 500grams behind. She has started teething and she walks with furniture. Should I perhaps change the formula? At birth she was 4.3kg now she weighs 9.3kg.

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The average weight for a 9 month old baby girl is 8.3k. You can see that your baby girl's weight is really excellent and well above average.You are having a difficult time breast feeding and having to take Esipride. It would be best to change over to the Infacare only as your baby is really doing well on this formula.

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Posted by: Purple | 2010-02-17

Breastfed babies tend to put on a lot of weight in the first few months after they' re born, and then between about nine and twelve months when they start to get active - crawling and walking, their weight seems to level out. The weight charts are normed on bottle fed babies, who tend to just put on weight consistently and not in the definite spurts that breastfed babies seem to at certain times with some levelling out as well.

If she' s teething, she might also not be drinking that much from her bottle or indeed from you in the evenings. Put some teejel on before giving a bottle or breastfeed and it will be more comfortable and she' ll drink away more happily.

The eglynol takes about 14 to 21 days to incrase your milk supply. It' s mostly prescribed because of the placebo effect - women relax when they take it thinking that it will immediately increase their supply - and then, because they have stopped stressing about milk supply - their supply increases. The worry has a big effect on your milk supply - mostly in the way it delays the letdown reflex, which is hormonally controlled.

To increase your supply, immediately after you feed your baby in the evenings, nights, mornings and weekends, express for 3 to 5 minutes on each breast. After 4 days to a week, you will see some improvement.
Continue expressing at work, but remember that the more you stress about their being less milk, the longer it will take for your milk to let down and the less you' ll manage to express out when it does finally let down.
Try to express three times instead of twice if you can.
Try expressing before you go to bed as well. As you won' t have fed at that time since your baby was around 6 to 8 weeks, it might take a while before you even get a any milk expressing at that time, but keep it up and it will improve).

Just add this milk to your freezer supply rather than stressing about whether there is enough to leave in a bottle for the next day. The formula won' t cause her any harm, and once things are back on track again, you can leave breastmilk again. If she isn' t having any reaction to the formula, it' s probably best just to leave her on the one you gave her. The breastmilk will help if she gets any constipation as it has a laxative effect.

Although milk is her main source of nutrition till a year, she should by this age be eating around 3 small meals a day and you could be thinking of adding a moring or afternoon snack as well. She should be getting a variety of fruit and vegetables, you can introduce cheese and yoghurt too. She should also be getting protein - chicken, beef, lamb, baked beans even and so on, and starches such as mashed potato or sweet potato, very soft pasta, and you could even try some rice.
Squares of bread with marmite, or if you have no peanut allergies in the family, peanut butter make a nice afternoon snack.
You can also give her big strips of fresh fruit.
You should be mashing food much more roughly than you did when starting her on solids.

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