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My New Favorite Number - Karen's Musings
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estherchaya
estherchaya
My New Favorite Number
18.

That's how many ounces my sweet baby girl gained in TEN days! So bad math be damned, it worked. I asked the pediatrician whether I should alter the recipe so that the intended 28 calories/ounce is actually obtained and he said no, because he actually wouldn't want to see Ellie gaining weight any faster than she gained this week! So we'll stick with 24 calories per ounce, but I'm going to use an actual 24 cal/oz recipe because I enjoy precision (even though the lack of precision is obviously working fine for Ellie). He said he didn't necessarily care about the precise number of calories, so long as her growth is appropriate. This, to me, is the most logical approach.

He also said that since her growth is so great with the added fortification, there's really no reason I can't add in some more flexibility with the number of times per day that I breastfeed her. I noted that during the week I would really only get one more BF'ing session in anyway, so I was less concerned about that, but on the weekend, my preference would be to breastfeed her most of the time if possible, and he said, "so if she doesn't grow as much on the weekends, so what? She's growing plenty during the week to make up for it." I love him!

Finally, he said he would leave it to my discretion as to whether I even need to follow up with a GI doc at all at this point. He'll see Ellie again in a week to make sure she's still on track, and if she's really struggling at that point, he'll help me get in to see Dr. D. But otherwise, he's not super-stressed about continued follow up with the specialist, as we seem to have found the answer we need for the moment.

Meanwhile, the scale I ordered for Ellie arrived, so that I can make sure she's taking in enough when she's breastfeeding. I weighed her on it when we got back from the doctor's office to make sure that it's accurate and then just for fun, I weighed Sam and Abby, too!

Sam: 11 pounds 1 ounce! (Admittedly, he had just eaten, so he's probably actually a little under 11 pounds)
Abby: 9 pounds 14 ounces!
Ellie: 8 pounds 10 ounces!!!!! (can you believe it!?)

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arosoff From: arosoff Date: February 7th, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wowza! That's some weight gain. Go Ellie! :-)
pocketnaomi From: pocketnaomi Date: February 7th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
YAY!!! I am so happy to hear this. May she and the others go on growing and thriving so beautifully.
magid From: magid Date: February 7th, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay, Ellie!
And yay for her siblings and parents!
ellipticcurve From: ellipticcurve Date: February 7th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

A pound a week, that's all we ask

Wow, what great news.

Go go superbaby!
allah_sulu From: allah_sulu Date: February 7th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Woohoo!!! So glad to hear that!
kalki From: kalki Date: February 7th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
OMG!!!! This is fantastic news!!!
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: February 8th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC) (Link)
that is fantastic! i am so impressed! yay ellie belly!
mrn613 From: mrn613 Date: February 8th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC) (Link)
You are both superheroes!
From: have_inner_lady Date: February 8th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC) (Link)
AaaaAAh! I'm SO HAPPY I don't know what to SAY!
gnomi From: gnomi Date: February 8th, 2008 01:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay, Ellie!!

::shakes pompoms::
tigerbright From: tigerbright Date: February 8th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, excellent! May things continue well for everyone in your family.
cellio From: cellio Date: February 8th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that's great!
yeishlitikvah From: yeishlitikvah Date: February 8th, 2008 02:13 am (UTC) (Link)
WOW!! WHat great news and what a significant number.
ailsaek From: ailsaek Date: February 8th, 2008 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, thank goodness.
From: black_op Date: February 8th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay for thriving babies!
happyduck1979 From: happyduck1979 Date: February 8th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC) (Link)
yay!!!

How old are they now?
mindycl From: mindycl Date: February 8th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC) (Link)
BH I'm so glad she's on an upward curve!
chite From: chite Date: February 8th, 2008 04:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay yay yay!!!

What kind of formula are you using? If I see any coupons or offers on freecycle I'll make sure to get them for you.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 8th, 2008 04:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm using Enfamil Lipil right now (as of today... I used Similac Alimentum last week, but it's NASTY NASTY STUFF). But the pediatrician's office gave me three 8 oz cans free today and I only use one teaspoon per 3 oz bottle, so it will take me a while to go through that. (I definitely appreciate it, though, because this crap is expensive, it turns out!!)
hannahsarah From: hannahsarah Date: February 8th, 2008 11:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Go Ellie go!

Rivka was on BM mixed with Enfamil LactoFree because of her colic. That stuff is not only expensive, but it's darn near impossible to find. I remember being in the north end of town, where I rarely ever go, and having to try 6 different stores before I found it. They keep it locked up in the pharmacy so that it doesn't get stolen, it's that expensive!
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: February 8th, 2008 12:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Totally nosy question, I know, but ... if Rivka was adopted, how'd she get breast milk? Did you induce lactation?
hannahsarah From: hannahsarah Date: February 8th, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I started inducing lactation about 4 months before she was born. Her biological mom rented a hospital breast pump and froze milk for us. Another friend of mine had just given birth and was producing enough milk to feed a small country, so between the three of us we managed to keep Rivka on BM for over a full year. She nursed from me for about 3 and 1/2 months, but she got her teeth in early and went on a nursing strike because her little gums were so sore. She didn't want to have anything to do with nursing from then on, which made me very sad because I was determined to be able to nurse as long as my body would let me. I am SO grateful to my friends who donated their milk and helped out with us. We really DID have a village raise a child! I'm really happy about all of the extra antibodies she got, because ka'h she's hardly ever sick, and when she is it's a very light case and she bounces back quickly.
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: February 8th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is so awesome! You are truly Supermom -- I have been told that inducing lactation involves a tremendous amount of work, and I know I did not enjoy the pump while I was using it. (My son had some difficulties nursing in the first few weeks -- he was too sleepy to eat.)
hannahsarah From: hannahsarah Date: February 10th, 2008 07:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Really, induced lactation is NOTHING compared to infertility treatments. It is a lot of work and dedication, though.

After 20 years of infertility, I was just happy that my body was doing *something* right! I had felt like such a failure all those years, so being able to provide nourishment for my daughter was an amazing feeling. I only wish I could have done it longer, but I thank G-d that I had the opportunity when I did.
chite From: chite Date: February 8th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is incredibly expensive. When I hurt my neck and was on bad drugs and was pumping & dumping for a week, we ran out of frozen breastmilk and had to use formula for a few days. After that, we continued to use it for the one feeding that Adam would do (we also discovered that he slept through the night when he had formula, so it was worth the price for one bottle a day). By this time he was almost 9 months old.

I did learn later on that the Target brand is really the same stuff and costs significantly less. If we had been exclusively formula feeding, I might have considered it. But I was usually able to keep the cost of it down with strategic coupon-getting and freecycle :)

Also, if you sign up at the enfamil web site they will send you coupons and free cans.
kmelion From: kmelion Date: February 8th, 2008 05:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Baruch Hashem and KA"H!!!
bookworm1212 From: bookworm1212 Date: February 8th, 2008 06:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh yay yay yay yay yay... well you get the picture - was going to type it 18 times for the 18 oz, but thought that might be overkill. In any case, I'm thrilled to hear the good news B"H!
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: February 8th, 2008 12:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Go go go Ellie! Hooray!

And wow, Abby and Sam are growing. :)
glenbarnett From: glenbarnett Date: February 9th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay.
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