On baby weight and breastfeeding: An update

4 Sep

So, the last time we checked in, we were on a mission to fatten up our little girls, so they would be at or above their birth weights as soon as possible.

We were on an aggressive breastfeeding plan and urged to supplement them with formula to help them pack on the pounds ounces.

Well, we continued with our aggressive feeding plan, and we introduced formula. I also did anything and everything I could to up my supply: I started taking fenugreek and drinking Mother’s Milk tea, and I even made lactation cookies (which include oats and brewer’s yeast), in addition to eating oats/oatmeal and drinking a couple of dark beers.


In addition, the girls hit 3 weeks of age – full term! – and a growth spurt. They are stronger and spend more time at the breast (20-30 minutes, rather than the 10-15 minutes of earlier weeks), but they also are hungrier, and either want to eat more often (painful in the middle of the night) or take down a substantial bottle, which includes a decent amount of formula and thus makes them very mucousy/phlegmy.


We saw the pediatrician today for a weight recheck, and finally – finally! – we left all smiles, no tears. The girls are above their birth weights and healthy in every other way!

Here’s the progression:


  • Birth weight: 5 lbs, 2 oz
  • Discharge weight: 4 lbs, 10 oz
  • First visit weight (11 days old): 4 lbs, 5 oz
  • Aug. 26 weight: 4 lbs, 8 oz
  • Sept. 4 weight: 5 lbs, 4 oz


  • Birth weight: 4 lbs, 11 oz
  • Discharge weight: 4 lbs, 3.5 oz
  • First visit weight (11 days old): 4 lbs, 1 oz
  • Aug. 26 weight: 4 lbs, 2 oz
  • Sept. 4 weight: 4 lbs, 15.5 oz

Some other notes: Since their Aug. 21 appointment, Anna has grown three-quarters of an inch in length and 2 cm in head circumference, and Elise has grown 1.75 inches in length and 2 cm in head circumference.

They still wear some generous preemie-sized clothing, but now fit into many of their newborn-sized outfits.


We also saw our lactation consultation today, just for a second opinion, and we’re going to continue doing what we’re doing. She reassured us that the amount of formula we are using really is, in the grand scheme of things, not that much. She also suggested we stop giving them supplemental bottles (of breastmilk + formula) after feedings when Christopher is not at home, and solely breastfeed them on demand during that time; I’ll also eliminate pumping during that time and just do it when Christopher is home.


All in all, we are feeling on top of the world. The girls, as we knew, are healthy and happy…


10 Responses to “On baby weight and breastfeeding: An update”

  1. Shannon September 4, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

    Somehow I missed the birth of your twins! Congratulations! What a wonderful time for you and your husband. Enjoy your new family!

  2. beckykearney September 4, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    Yay! So happy to read that your girls are gaining weight now 🙂

    Love the new pictures… they are so precious and sweet!

    • kaylabee18 September 11, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

      Thamks, hon! Loved the most recent post on Coyer, btw. 😉

  3. thebabydoctorswife September 4, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

    I can’t get enough of these girls! There is something so amazing about seeing them next to each other. So cute! Very happy to hear they are gaining weight. Go mama! How are you doing? xo

    • kaylabee18 September 11, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

      Thanks! I’m hangin’ in there. The weight gain was a nice pat on the back. 🙂 xoxo

  4. afamilyformcmanda September 4, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    they are so tiny still 🙂 I love the last picture… “i’m hungry, I think i’ll eat my sister” 🙂 glad things are going well, not that any of us in the blog world had any doubts!

    • kaylabee18 September 11, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

      LOL Exactly. Aren’t they silly?

  5. mindy @ just a one girl revolution. September 4, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    Yay for good news!! 🙂

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