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Same milk...but oh so different...

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Friday, November 17, 2006

It never ceases to amaze me that two children can grow so differently on the same source of nutrition.

Elnora was 8 pounds, 4 ounces when born. Not huge, but not tiny either. Yet she weighed just 16 pounds at a year and weighs exactly 20 pounds now at two years. She's a slow grower...she even dropped off the bottom of the growth charts at about 6 months. But...she's totally healthy, active and rarely sick. She had nothing but my milk for the first six months and continued to have my milk along side some solids until she was 14 months.

Emmitt was a bit bigger at birth at 9 pounds, 7 ounces. The difference is that he weighed 11 pounds, 12 ounces at three weeks and tipped the scales at 14 pounds as of yesterday when we had my seven week checkup with the midwife. I went back and looked at Nora's growth book. It took Elnora 5 months to weigh what Emmitt hit at three weeks and it took her 10 months to weigh what he does now.

Granted, I have no idea how much milk he's getting when he nurses, though I do know that I've got very high calorie milk. He usually nurses about 10 times over 24 hours and spends 5-10 minutes eating each time. (He nurses on one side per feed.)

Maybe my nipples just operate like little milk filled fire hoses...

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  1. Blogger Nadia | 12:00 AM |  


    a question, how much did Nora drink when she was fully on breastmilk? because direct breastfeeding is different with bottle-feed right? I think baby tends to drink more directly from breast. I do half-half, since i came back to work. I nurse my baby son when i'm at home and his babysitter feed him with my milk in bottle. Anyway, maybe also because Emmitt is a boy, they can eat a lot!

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