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Breastmilk reduced, started pumping, baby lost weight but active,happy. Any suggestion about babies peculiar behavior?

Hi doc, My breastmilk reduced and stopped when my baby was on 3months and i couldnt realise that for about ten days. And my poor baby used to suck the empty breasts for all those days... Till then he used to drink well as once in a while i used to give him formula so i know that he finishes 4 ounces at one go... But after my breastmilk stopped lately i realised and then i fullfledgely started formula but he doesnt used to accept so very soon i started pumping but i get very less milk hardly 15 ounces per day... But he is not even having that.. He is now 6months old and this is happening since 3 months .. No improvement at all.. He lost weight for two times whereas when in his 1st and 2nd month he put on 1.5kgs per month but now hez loosing weight and in 3rd 4th 5th 6th months he put on only 1kg in total :( he is not accepting solids also..but he is active and happy all the time..i am not understanding whats happening with him and everytime forcefully i am feeding him my pumped breastmilk with spoon and still hez not accepting that after 4-5spoons ...could u plz help me..i havent seen this kind of babies anywhere..and fyi my baby is preterm born for 33weeks according to scan..plz give me suggestion about my baby s peculiar behaviour
Asked On : Sat, 12 Oct 2013
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Hello,

Your son was breast feeding till 3 months of age and was gaining weight appropriately on that. Since then his weight gain is only 1 kg in the last 3-4 months. This is very alarming. He should have gained around 2 kgs in this period. Fisrtly it is a little strange that your milk production stopped suddenly but nevertheless you should allow him to suck at the breast that will increase your milk production. And whatever milk you are expressing and giving him, he can take directly from the breast. The more a baby breast feeds, the more is the milk production and vice versa. You will also have to gradually start him on solids like khichdi, daal, mashed banana, porridge etc.

But this still does not explain such poor weight gain. If you were giving improperly diluted formula milk that could be one reason. He was a preterm baby and these babies are more predisposed to infections and other problems. He could have oral thrush or ulcers which make it difficult for him to feed. I advice you to have him examined by a paediatrician. He/she will check his other growth parameters like length, head circumference and will look for possible local or systemic causes of decreased feeding. In the meantime please continue to breast feed him with gradual addition of solids. You can take galact granules/ satavarex powder with milk to help in increasing your milk production.

Hope that helps.
Wishing you good luck.

Regards,
Dr.Preeti
Answered: Tue, 19 Nov 2013
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