~ weight problem ~
actually, on her 1-month birthday, we found out that Aina is severely underweight. it was such an upsetting news that i couldn’t put it on the birthday entry. in fact, that’s why the entry was so short. i couldn’t think of anything else other than my baby is extremely underweight.
we went to a lactation consultant that day to check on my left breast. it’s been sore a lot lately. and the question that Aina hasn’t passed stool for the past 5 days. we also wanted to ask if Aina’s schedule of having marathon feeding during the day (every 1 hour) and sleep through the night is an okay schedule. but we forgot all about it after the weighing at the beginning of the consulting session.
instead of gaining weight, Aina actually lost about 0.2kg compare to her weight three weeks ago. that also means that her weight is lower than her birth weight. it’s kinda strange because she actually regained her birth weight on the first week.
we spent the rest of the consultation discussing on what to do. she passed urine normally, although the stool seemed to stop about 5 days ago. she does cry a lot. and she falls asleep on the breast after 5-10 minutes of feeding. it also seems that my breast don’t supply enough milk to fill her up. that day, i practically couldn’t stop crying… it totally broke my heart.
the next day, we took Aina to her pediatrician. and we came home with new feeding routine. instead of doing the day-marathon-night-sleep routine, Aina feeds every three hours. she feeds on one breast at a time while the other breast is to be pumped. 45ml of expressed milk is to be fed to Aina on top of that. since — sadly — my milk per breast is nowhere near 45ml, i have to top it up with formula so that it reaches 45ml.
we will be back to the pediatrician on Friday to see if Aina’s weight improves with this routine. hopefully, it does. because if it isn’t, she has to go through blood test to see if there is anything wrong with her internal system that cause her unable to absorb the nutrients.
so far, though, it looks like things improving. after the new feeding routine, she looks more happy. she seems content after feed. she cries much much less than before, which makes her sleeps more often, too. she’s much less cranky.
so, hopefully, this works and she would gain weight and catch up with the rest of the babies her age… *cross my fingers and toes*