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stayinhomemommy
Not gaining well
April 18, 2013 at 4:19 PM

I feed my triplets 6 times a day (6:30am, 9, 11;30, 2p, 4:30 and 7) the go down for bed after 7 feeding so about 7:30 they are put down and usually asleep by 8.  They don't wake during the night.  We started solids 1 time a day right after 11:30 feeding.  In the last month my little girl only gained a few ounces, both boys each gained about a pound.  What else can I do to help my little gilr gain weight?  She has 6 to8 wet diapers and 1 dirty a day to every other day.  She is meeting her milestones too.  I don't want her labled failure to thrive and don't want to do formula or fortify BM, but I will fortify again if needed.  Any suggestions for how to make her gain so we don't have to fortify or be labled FTT?  Thanks for all help!

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  • mamabens
    April 18, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Did they set the schedule themselves? If not then that is probably your problem. How old are they? She may just be a small baby but we could use a weight history on her, birth, lowest, etc to now.  I know it may be easier to schedule being that there are three but a strict schedule is the ideal way to set a breastfed baby up for FTT.  Also I  may be wrong(depending on age) but 6 times a day doesn't sound like nearly enough feedings! Also has she been checked for tongue & lip ties?

  • Baby_Avas_Momma
    April 18, 2013 at 4:30 PM
    This!!

    Quoting mamabens:

    Did they set the schedule themselves? If not then that is probably your problem. How old are they? She may just be a small baby but we could use a weight history on her, birth, lowest, etc to now.  I know it may be easier to schedule being that there are three but a strict schedule is the ideal way to set a breastfed baby up for FTT.  Also I  may be wrong(depending on age) but 6 times a day doesn't sound like nearly enough feedings! Also has she been checked for tongue & lip ties?

  • jjchick75
    April 18, 2013 at 4:40 PM
    Yep this!
    Quoting mamabens:

    Did they set the schedule themselves? If not then that is probably your problem. How old are they? She may just be a small baby but we could use a weight history on her, birth, lowest, etc to now.  I know it may be easier to schedule being that there are three but a strict schedule is the ideal way to set a breastfed baby up for FTT.  Also I  may be wrong(depending on age) but 6 times a day doesn't sound like nearly enough feedings! Also has she been checked for tongue & lip ties?


  • IrishIz
    by IrishIz
    April 18, 2013 at 4:47 PM
    Need weight history before anything can be determined. Also, are you feeding at breast or via bottle?
  • stayinhomemommy
    April 18, 2013 at 4:48 PM


    We adjusted the feeding schedule from every 3 hours to every 2.5 so they could eat 6 times a day.  They do not act hungry inbetween feedings, but I do nurse them if they need an extra feeding, which has happened a few times but not many.  They are 7 months.  I do not remember every weight but here is what I do remember.  Birth weight 4lbs even, not sure of lowest.  by 2 months she was 6lbs+, at 6 months 11lbs 2 ounces, 7 months 11lbs 7.5ounces.  No problems with latch so I haven't really looked for a tie.  Also, we were at one point on a 4 hour feeding schedule, when they were eatting through the night, but they were getting hungry at the 3 hour point so that is when we change to the 3 hour schedule.  Again, they sleep from 8p to 6:15a and do not wake at night.  One boy did a few times about a month ago and I had to nurse him, but that has been it.  So I do listen my babies and adjust as needed.  Also, and I don't know if this makes a difference, but she has had bad allergies this week.  She took Claritin 2 times a day for 3 days then once a day for 3 days.  Today was the first day we didn't give it to her to see if she still needed it.  She has done great without it today.  She is sleeping very well.  They take 2 naps a day for 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the day and the nap time.

    Quoting mamabens:

    Did they set the schedule themselves? If not then that is probably your problem. How old are they? She may just be a small baby but we could use a weight history on her, birth, lowest, etc to now.  I know it may be easier to schedule being that there are three but a strict schedule is the ideal way to set a breastfed baby up for FTT.  Also I  may be wrong(depending on age) but 6 times a day doesn't sound like nearly enough feedings! Also has she been checked for tongue & lip ties?



  • mamabens
    April 18, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    I don't really see the issue then. She's gaining pretty good & just may be a peanut. Sounds to me like this is a dr problem(expecting too  much gain) not a baby or weight gain problem.

    Quoting stayinhomemommy:


    We adjusted the feeding schedule from every 3 hours to every 2.5 so they could eat 6 times a day.  They do not act hungry inbetween feedings, but I do nurse them if they need an extra feeding, which has happened a few times but not many.  They are 7 months.  I do not remember every weight but here is what I do remember.  Birth weight 4lbs even, not sure of lowest.  by 2 months she was 6lbs+, at 6 months 11lbs 2 ounces, 7 months 11lbs 7.5ounces.  No problems with latch so I haven't really looked for a tie.  Also, we were at one point on a 4 hour feeding schedule, when they were eatting through the night, but they were getting hungry at the 3 hour point so that is when we change to the 3 hour schedule.  Again, they sleep from 8p to 6:15a and do not wake at night.  One boy did a few times about a month ago and I had to nurse him, but that has been it.  So I do listen my babies and adjust as needed.  Also, and I don't know if this makes a difference, but she has had bad allergies this week.  She took Claritin 2 times a day for 3 days then once a day for 3 days.  Today was the first day we didn't give it to her to see if she still needed it.  She has done great without it today.  She is sleeping very well.  They take 2 naps a day for 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the day and the nap time.

    Quoting mamabens:

    Did they set the schedule themselves? If not then that is probably your problem. How old are they? She may just be a small baby but we could use a weight history on her, birth, lowest, etc to now.  I know it may be easier to schedule being that there are three but a strict schedule is the ideal way to set a breastfed baby up for FTT.  Also I  may be wrong(depending on age) but 6 times a day doesn't sound like nearly enough feedings! Also has she been checked for tongue & lip ties?




  • stayinhomemommy
    April 18, 2013 at 4:52 PM


    I put the weight history in another reply.  They get both.  I alternate who is at breast and at bottle.  She gets the bottle, of BM, at 6:30am and 2pm, so she is at the breast the 4 other feedings of the day.  I do not take them off the breast, they feed until they detatch on own which is usually about 30 minutes.  Though, for the past week she has been playing some at the breast, mostly blowing rasberries and "talking" which is cute but not good for feeding!

    Quoting IrishIz:

    Need weight history before anything can be determined. Also, are you feeding at breast or via bottle?



  • K8wizzo
    by K8wizzo
    April 18, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    In 7 months, she has gained 7.5 lbs from birthweight, likely closer to 8 from lowest weight.  That's within the 1 lb/month average so I wouldn't worry just yet but do keep an eye on it.  Maybe offer an extra session or two to her (perhaps one before and then again AFTER those solids).

    Quoting stayinhomemommy:


    We adjusted the feeding schedule from every 3 hours to every 2.5 so they could eat 6 times a day.  They do not act hungry inbetween feedings, but I do nurse them if they need an extra feeding, which has happened a few times but not many.  They are 7 months.  I do not remember every weight but here is what I do remember.  Birth weight 4lbs even, not sure of lowest.  by 2 months she was 6lbs+, at 6 months 11lbs 2 ounces, 7 months 11lbs 7.5ounces.  No problems with latch so I haven't really looked for a tie.  Also, we were at one point on a 4 hour feeding schedule, when they were eatting through the night, but they were getting hungry at the 3 hour point so that is when we change to the 3 hour schedule.  Again, they sleep from 8p to 6:15a and do not wake at night.  One boy did a few times about a month ago and I had to nurse him, but that has been it.  So I do listen my babies and adjust as needed.  Also, and I don't know if this makes a difference, but she has had bad allergies this week.  She took Claritin 2 times a day for 3 days then once a day for 3 days.  Today was the first day we didn't give it to her to see if she still needed it.  She has done great without it today.  She is sleeping very well.  They take 2 naps a day for 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the day and the nap time.

    Quoting mamabens:

    Did they set the schedule themselves? If not then that is probably your problem. How old are they? She may just be a small baby but we could use a weight history on her, birth, lowest, etc to now.  I know it may be easier to schedule being that there are three but a strict schedule is the ideal way to set a breastfed baby up for FTT.  Also I  may be wrong(depending on age) but 6 times a day doesn't sound like nearly enough feedings! Also has she been checked for tongue & lip ties?




  • K8wizzo
    by K8wizzo
    April 18, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    By the way.... you are doing an AMAZING job to be ebf-ing triplets. :)

  • stayinhomemommy
    April 18, 2013 at 4:57 PM


    This dr, we had to switch from first ped whom I LOVED because I am separated from my hubby and living with my parents, wants her on the percentile charts.  She isn't even on the 1 percentile curve and I am not sure what chart she is using to be honest.  I would just feel like such a failure if any of my babies were labeled FTT.  Thanks! :)

    Quoting mamabens:

    I don't really see the issue then. She's gaining pretty good & just may be a peanut. Sounds to me like this is a dr problem(expecting too  much gain) not a baby or weight gain problem.

    Quoting stayinhomemommy:


    We adjusted the feeding schedule from every 3 hours to every 2.5 so they could eat 6 times a day.  They do not act hungry inbetween feedings, but I do nurse them if they need an extra feeding, which has happened a few times but not many.  They are 7 months.  I do not remember every weight but here is what I do remember.  Birth weight 4lbs even, not sure of lowest.  by 2 months she was 6lbs+, at 6 months 11lbs 2 ounces, 7 months 11lbs 7.5ounces.  No problems with latch so I haven't really looked for a tie.  Also, we were at one point on a 4 hour feeding schedule, when they were eatting through the night, but they were getting hungry at the 3 hour point so that is when we change to the 3 hour schedule.  Again, they sleep from 8p to 6:15a and do not wake at night.  One boy did a few times about a month ago and I had to nurse him, but that has been it.  So I do listen my babies and adjust as needed.  Also, and I don't know if this makes a difference, but she has had bad allergies this week.  She took Claritin 2 times a day for 3 days then once a day for 3 days.  Today was the first day we didn't give it to her to see if she still needed it.  She has done great without it today.  She is sleeping very well.  They take 2 naps a day for 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the day and the nap time.

    Quoting mamabens:

    Did they set the schedule themselves? If not then that is probably your problem. How old are they? She may just be a small baby but we could use a weight history on her, birth, lowest, etc to now.  I know it may be easier to schedule being that there are three but a strict schedule is the ideal way to set a breastfed baby up for FTT.  Also I  may be wrong(depending on age) but 6 times a day doesn't sound like nearly enough feedings! Also has she been checked for tongue & lip ties?






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