Само че на практика детето е наддало съвсем добре според нормите за наддаване на кърмени бебета - около 600гр месечно дори надвишава минималната нормална норма за наддаване от 120 гр седмично.
И макар че 24-часовото мерене преди и след всяко кърмене дава добра представа за действителния прием на бебето и дали има някакъв проблем, съвсем не стоят така нещата с даването на добавка просто за да се види дали бебето ще я изпие. Да, ще я изпие - по причини, които може да имат, а може и да нямат нищо общо с недостиг на кърма.
Защо бебе, което изобщо не е гладно, би изгълтало шише с добавка е ясно обяснено примерно тук:
Normal infant fussiness starts at about 1-3 weeks, peaks at about 6-8 weeks and is gone by about 3-4 months. Most babies will "fuss" about 2-4 hours per day, no matter what you do. They want to be "in arms" or at the breast very frequently and fuss even though you attempt to calm them. They often seem "unsatified" with their feedings and even seem to reject or cry at the breast. It most commonly happens in the evening hours, and usually the baby will take their longest stretch of sleep after this fussy time. The best thing to do is offer the breast as much as the baby wants it. If she fusses at the breast try to calm her in other ways such as "dancing" with her, gentle bouncing and rocking, and just giving big doses of TLC. You can tell it is normal fussiness if if occurs about the same time each day, if your baby has other times of the day when feedings are calm and she seems happy, and if she is growing and gaining well per her pediatrician and having plenty of wet and soiled diapers.
It may be that Morgan is experiencing some increase in her "normal" fussiness because of her age( fussiness peaks at 6-8 weeks). Parents who don't know this is "normal" frequently respond as you did by giving a bottle because they think the baby isn't "happy or satisfied" with the breast. When the bottle goes in the baby's mouth the mouth fills with milk, the baby is obligated to swallow and the action of swallowing initiates another suck. The suck again fills the mouth and the cycle repeats, giving an appearance of the baby "gulping the bottle down hungrily". This of course only contributes to mom and dad's fear that the baby wasn't getting enough at the breast and they keep offering more and more bottles (understandably). Which then causes a true low milk supply.
Often the baby falls asleep peacefully after this episode which also reinforces to the parents that the bottle was just what the baby needed. What has really happened is the baby has by coincidence come to the natural conclusion of the fussy spell (most parents give the bottle as a last resort which means the fussiness has been going on for awhile) and/or the baby has withdrawn because "gulping" down the bottle was actually stressful and NOT what the baby wanted but she could not stop the flow, so exhausted, she falls asleep
. So don't offer bottles during any fussy time. Look at the bigger picture (weight gain and poopy pattern) to determine if your baby is "getting enough at the breast", and trust the process enough not to fret over individual feedings or fussy times. http://messageboards.ivillage.com/iv-ppbreastfeed/?msg=198.2