baby emergency - mum with mastitis
one of my chins gave birth to three gorgeous babies last Tuesday (unexpectedly - they were both supposed to be boys, fluffy was actually sexed as a boy by three different people when we got him to be chinchi's best friend and chinchi is about twice the size of fluffy, we just though fluffy's a standard size male.. chinchi's quite a big chin)
now, we've been weighing them since thursday (tried wednesday but the scales we had in were highly inaccurate so got new ones)
on thursday night (2 days old), they weighed 40g, 46g and 47g. on friday (3 days old), they weighed 38g, 45g and 48g. i was really concerened as skinny doesn't really have much weight to lose and the other two run about a lot more, their tails are curling a lot more too. we tried taking the two bigger ones out to give him the chance to feed but every time he called her, she either ignored him or he couldn't find a teat or not tried. weighed him again at midnight, he was 37g.
we took them to the vets this morning - skinny weighed 36g, the other two 43g & 48g, and fluffy does have mastitis on one of her teats so can't feed from that one and it obviously hurts - she just runs if they attempt to get milk out of that one.
we got some formula for lambs and fed skinny - he's not keen on sucking but he does lick fingers! when we put him back in with his mum and took the other two out, she licked his face clean and let him feed for quite a while.
i also managed to find a farm with sheep that can be milked and they were happy for me to come round and get some - they even let me milk the sheep!!! pretty amazing. they also gave me a formula for 'needy lambs' to add to the milk. they're happy for me to come round every few days and get some more - such nice people!!!
we fed skinny (late afternoon) - he was still 36g (before and after), i was quite pleased that he'd not lost any weight. we fed him again two hours later and he was 37g after the feed. when we put him back, he had a bit of his mum's milk but he was going for the sore boob and she kept running away. we fed the middle one as well as his weight went down to 42g - he is much more active than skinny, he actually takes the bottle.
i put warm compress on fluffy's inflamed boob and massaged it - she wasn't exactly keen but hopefully it will help. i've added a bottle of 1/2 apple juice (couldn't get sugarfree cranberry) 1/2 water into the cage as well.
has anyone got experience with supplementing feeding? how much weight should they be putting on when hand fed? is it still 1-2g per day? we will feed him every two hours - i guess it's a good thing that he's actually eating and that he appears to have stopped losing weight (i so hope he'll still weigh 37g before his next feed)
i am very concerned because he's only 36/37g. has anyone had a 4-day baby that weighed this little?
sorry about the essay, i just wanted to give you all the info.
thank you so much.