gaining weight

I’m super excited to say Kate is now 7lbs. 4oz.! She was 6lbs. 14oz. at birth (11-18) and 6lbs. 9oz. two days post-birth. At her two week check-up yesterday the midwife was looking to see that she was back to birth weight, so her exceeding that was really great! Leo struggled to gain weight as a baby and I had a lot of issues with my supply, so knowing Kate is gaining was a HUGE relief! Here are some of the things that made a difference, at least in my opinion.

  • Leo didn’t nurse for the first 24 hours because he’d swallowed fluid during birth. The nurses in the hospital weren’t concerned about this but, in retrospect, I don’t think it helped my supply start off well.
  • Leo was jaundiced the first week (we were thisclose to needing a light blanket) which made him really sleepy and hard to keep awake for feelings.
  • Leo and Kate both had tongue ties, which can affect latch and feeding. Leo’s wasn’t found til he was a week old and being circumcised; Kate’s was found at two days old during her PKU blood draw.
  • As a first timer I took Leo off when he seemed done instead of giving him a break and then trying to see if he would eat more. Feedings were much shorter, which did not set me up to build a good supply.
  • I’ve been really diligent about drinking a ton of water this time around.
  • My body probably has a better idea of what to do now that it’s done it once before.

Hooray for growing, gaining babies!

Kate in the cradle I used for my dolls when I was growing up.
Kate in the cradle I used for my dolls when I was growing up.

5 thoughts on “gaining weight

  1. Yay! I am happy things are going so well. I have to ask, what’s a tongue tie?

    Too funny that she is in a cradle you used to play with! Aww πŸ™‚

    1. It’s where the underside of the tongue is connected too far forward, so the tongue can’t fully stick out. Can lead to lisp issues later, too. They snip it with scissors which sounds terrible but is just a drop of blood and doesn’t seem to be too painful (thankfully!).

  2. I am so glad that Kate is gaining! That is so exciting! I know one of the things that effected my supply was when isaac started sleeping through the night. Because I was not nursing or expressing in the middle of the night it eventually affected my supply during the day. I had to set an alarm and start pumping in the middle of the night. I know Leo started sleeping through the night pretty early and I wanted to let you know that in case Kate follows suit. I am not sure if you did the pumping in the middle of the night with Leo or not.

    Also, if you haven’t seen “The Oatmeal Artist” google her. 100’s of different oatmeal recipes! yummy ones too!

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