Since learning that Avery needed to gain weight at her nine month well visit, I’ve been tirelessly trying to get her to gain the weight that she needs. I’ve had doctors suggest that she needs to be put on formula or Pediasure, but I knew that there were other ways of helping her gain weight before going to those extremes.
After doing a little bit of research and listening to the wonderful advice that readers have left in the comments in my other posts, I’ve successfully gotten Avery to gain some weight. We went to our GI appointment today and she gained one pound in the last month, which is great for her.
I knew one of the reasons that she wasn’t gaining weight was because of the fact that she is an extremely distracted nurser. She wasn’t nursing as often as she needed to and that caused my milk supply to decrease. I was able to help increase my supply, but I still needed to add some extra calories to her diet. I’ve made some small changes in her diet so that she can get the extra calories that she needs. These are changes that she hasn’t even noticed, but they have been working great so far!
Writer’s Note: Please note that I am not a doctor. This is what has worked for us after discussing options with Avery’s GI doctor and some research that I’ve done on the internet. Always consult with your doctor if you are unsure about what to feed your baby.
More from Lauren on Baby’s First Year:
- 4 Weeks Later: An Update From Avery’s GI Appointment
- 10 Toys My Baby and My Toddler Play With
- My Favorite Photos from Avery’s 10th Month
- 13 Ways I Want to Become a Better Mother in 2013
- 12 Favorite Avery Moments of 2012
- 5 Ways I Increased My Milk Supply in One Week
- Is our Breastfeeding Journey Over?
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