Kam turns 2… months!

After several weeks of stressing out, and trying to soothe a crying baby, we may now know why Kamden has been so upset.  We went to the doctor for his two month check-up today, and it turns out our little guy is not getting anywhere near enough to eat from Mommy(Me). For some reason, the doctor says I’m not producing enough milk, because Kam isn’t gaining enough weight. They like to see babies gain about an ounce a day at this age. At Kam’s one month appointment he weighted 8 pounds 10 ounces. Today the little guy was only 9 pounds 4 ounces. He should have gained two pounds, and he’s not even close to that. So, despite my best efforts and even though I don’t want to, we are going to supplement him with formula. It is a relief to know for sure though, that he’s not just “fussy” that there is an actual problem. But it’s very heartbreaking for me as a mom, to feel like I can’t provide what my baby needs. When the doctor told me, I cried. I also feel guilty, because he’s has been hungry, not just grumpy! I know I’ll get used to it, and I’m going to keep feeding him breast milk and pumping it with hopes that I’ll eventually produce enough for him. I’d like to hear if others have experienced something similar? And did you feel like a total failure like I do?

Here are some new pictures, still can’t capture his smile, but I’ll keep trying!

Look at that face!So toasty warm!

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This post was written by knilsson on November 22, 2011

32 Comments so far

  1. VF November 22, 2011 1:24 am

    So sorry to hear that you are having problems nursing. As much as people say it is “natural”, there are times when it can seem like it is anything but that. Although it may not be what you wanted, he got the best immunities that you could offer in those first few weeks! You are anything but a failure Katie. You are Cam’s Mom and this is one role of many that you will have the honor of playing in his life. For ideas on how to improve your supply, contact the Mother-Baby unit at any of the local hospitals. They have consultants that can help you. They can be a bit, hmm.. pushy, overbearing, etc… about not supplementing, so be warned. Best of luck to you and Cam!

  2. Dorothy McLaughlin November 22, 2011 4:45 am

    with my first baby, I was such a nervous wreck being a first time mommy, that I was inadvertantly holding the milk back due to my nerves… I had to switch at 6 months to bottles…the rest of my babies (5) altogether, I had the helpful advice of ‘La Leche League’ …they helped give me the security and knowledge that I needed in order to succeed with breast feeding…

  3. Kathy Johnson November 22, 2011 5:20 am

    Hello, just wanted to pass along a little info to you. I am a grandma of 7 and a mother of 4. Way back when ~ when my children were born and could not tolerate most formula’s, my doctor at that time had made a formula of his own and it worked wonders. The babies all loved it. It is especially good if your baby is a little underweight. It seemed to be very satisfying. Here is the formula ~ 1 can of carnation milk, 3 T of Karo Syrup and 16 oz of water. Not long ago I had a young woman and her child staying with me and we tried all kinds of formula’s to no avail and then we got this old formula out and it worked wonders, she really thrived. I am so sorry you are not producing enough breast milk as that really and truly is the best way to go, but do not feel bad because it seems to be rather common not to be able to produce enough milk. Good luck with Kam and hope he gets on track soon, as it is nerve racking to any new parents. He is a little doll.

  4. Lynne November 22, 2011 4:35 pm

    Katie, Whenever something happens with our children we as their parent seem to take the brunt of why it is happening. It is not always our fault. Things just happen for whatever reason. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Many things will come and go in his life and you are not always the cause. As long as you are a good mom and love him unconditionally everything will work out just fine. He is a beautiful baby just enjoy :)

  5. Pam November 24, 2011 8:31 pm

    I supplemented and nursed. Both baby and I were happy! You will be, too!

  6. Melissa Voegeli November 25, 2011 1:11 am

    Gatorade can help increase your supply. also fenugreek. try kellymom.com tons of tips

  7. Michelle Landon November 27, 2011 12:16 am

    Katie, this exact thing happened to me with my first baby, who is now almost three. I felt the same feelings of failure that you are currently experiencing and I cried, cried, and cried even more. There are so many people who will insist that all moms make enough milk and so you must be doing something wrong. NOT TRUE. After taking Reglan, fenugreek, drinking beer, drowning myself in water and juice, nothing helped. So, take a deep breath and remember what is important: that little Kam is getting the nutrition that he needs. Although you may not be the best at breastfeeding, you are a wonderful mother. Your bond with Kam is just as strong as any other and you love him so much that it is ridiculous! Enjoy your time with Kam; he will be big before you know it! Don’t waste another minute being sad. Be happy to know that you have discovered the source of his grumpiness and you are fixing it!

    Michelle

  8. Toni December 2, 2011 5:18 pm

    Katie, I have also been told that the fenugreek works great, you will be producing more than enough with that. My father’s wife had the same issue.

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