April 27th, 2017, 09:50 AM
Ok thanks for answering my questions.
This is what baby takes in on bottles. Correct? Baby is also nursing, so presumably baby is taking in more when nursing? You are right, gain over the last month appears average, so there is no clear indication baby may be getting overfed.
At this point I think it would really help to do some before and after nursing weight checks. I suggest talk to LC about that because it would be best if you did this with her guidance, it is tricky to do and you need the right kind of scale. This is the most accurate way to measure what baby is actually able to take in when baby nurses, but you need to do more than one as one only tells you what happened at that one nursing session. I would suggest, do at least 3, so you can get a better idea. If baby is capable of taking in about 2 ounces at the breast in 20-30 minutes, that would be a good indication baby is able to take in more when baby nurses. At this point, baby may not be nursing with enough effectiveness simply because baby is getting so much milk/formula in bottles and is simply not motivated.
Measuring how much you pump, either without nursing, or before or after baby nurses, etc, is just not as accurate a measure.
Also how much baby takes in a bottle is not a good measure of what baby actually needs, although if you are using paced feeding method and giving baby lots of pauses where baby can 'tell' you they are done, you might be able to get some accuracy there. but babies...