Benjamin 2 Months Old

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Our little Benjamin is 2 month old. We found when my mother was here that he wasn’t gaining weight well and I was feeding him every 1 1/2 to 2 hours from one feeding to the next and I fed him nearly an hour each feed. I had very little time aside from nursing him. Finally, I tried supplementing a few ounces of formula a day after a couple of feedings. After a couple weeks of seeing him gain and lose, I finally took him in. He was only 8lbs 6 ounces… only a 1 pound gain since birth. He’s in the 2 percentile for weight.  : (  I feel terrible! All of our babies have been in the 90-95 percentile for weight. Funny, he never cried or complained of hunger. He just slept a lot but was active and alert when he was awake. Anyways, since the appointment last week, I’ve been getting up an extra time at night now (now I’m extra tired) and feeding him 4 ounces of formula after I nurse him. I’m taking Fenugreek and Mother’s Milk tea which seems to help.

I figured out his problem with gaining after reading some information from Kelly Mom. He would feed actively for a few minutes and then just comfort nurse the rest of the time. If you’ve ever breast fed, you know what I mean. Since the milk isn’t being drained, the body isn’t urgent to replace it so I have low milk. Maybe I’m just getting older too. So while I’d love to exclusively breastfeed, I cannot right now until he shows that he’s a vigorous eater (while nursing) and gains weight without being supplemented. Since I have been giving him 4 ounces after nursing him, his diapers are noticably full. Very full like a balloon. They have never been like that before. He went in for a check on a different scale 3 days later and it said he was 9lbs 6 ounces. A pound in 3 days? We are now able to use a baby scale at home that we are borrowing and we tested it out with his clothes on and it said he’s 10 pounds. So, I’ll be curious what he weighs tomorrow on the scale that originally showed 8lbs 6 ounces just a week ago on Friday.

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Little cutie… His eyes are still crusted up in the morning so I’ve been prescribed some eye ointment to use. You can see it in his pictures. It’s helped but I don’t know how much. If it doesn’t improve, he’ll have to go in at 6 months for them to do a procedure to help open up the membrane (towards the nose) so that his eyes drain properly.

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Finally gaining weight… DSC_0117

Looking at one of the friends that the kids brought over for him to see.   : ) DSC_0115

Well, hello there… DSC_0110 DSC_0098

Now that I’m having to supplement, he needs a bib. He spits up and loses quite a bit. I am borrowing an electric breast pump now too to try to increase my supply so I can hopefully have him back to just me in a month or so. DSC_0096

It’s funny, he’s just about to the size at 2 months that his brother was at birth. You’re just a little guy… You can stay little for Mommy forever.   ; )

6 thoughts on “Benjamin 2 Months Old

  1. I had the same problem with Isaiah!! I do think it has a lot to do with our age and the baby being born later. Isaiah’s Physicians Assistant freaked out and told me to stop nursing. But I did as you, nursed and supplemented. I bought these crazy looking bottles that looked like a small full breast cut off. They were silicone. I don’t think they make them anymore! LOL! Wish I’d taken a photo of them! I think babies born later are very gentle souls. My Isaiah never cried for hunger. I ended up having to quit nursing when he was 11 months because I was hospitalized for illness with IV antibiotics. I always remembered that years ago older moms and their babies often died. Life was harder. We are truly blessed!! (((HUGS))) He is BEAUTIFUL!! Praise God for the gift of Benjamin!

  2. Thank you for sharing… I love your perspective on everything you shared Elizabeth. Yes, he seems to be such a gentle soul like your Isaiah. Just a few years ago I had so much milk that I could have donated it to a milk bank and considered it. Now, I don’t feel much different than I do when not nursing.
    : ( Yes, age may have a lot to do with it. We’ll see…

    Yes, I remember those bottles. They were a pinkish brown rubbery thing. I don’t know that I’ve seen them anymore either.

  3. Could he have a lip tie? My #7 did, and it took her 8 weeks to regain birth weight. She is 19.8 pounds at 13 months now. :-). Benjamin is beautiful! I love seeing your updates.

    • Hi Lea, we had it checked today and since he can stick his tongue out, he would only have it mild and there’s nothing they can do for him. He’s nursing wonderfully these past few days. I think I have more milk too… his stools are mustard green again. I’m savoring every moment I can with him as I know the time is short. Thanks for writing me here! : )

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