February 22nd, 2017, 11:07 AM
Great news doctor is happy with your baby's gain. This indicates as well that doctor is seeing an overall healthy baby he or she is not too worried about, and that is important too!
So 2/16 baby weighed 8 lbs 15 and 5 days later on 2/21 baby had gained 5 ounces?
So that would certainly indicate normal gain of an average 1 ounce a day over the last 5 days. I am a little concerned because getting an accurate picture from gain measured over a few days is hard. Overall gain is still slightly on the slow side.
But your baby's behavior at the breast sounds entirely normal for this age. I am not sure why your baby is tugging, there are a few things you could try for this, including positioning changes and breast compressions. But fussing, long nursing sessions, frequent nursing sessions, wanting to nurse less than an hour after nursing really are all entirely normal and occur in fast gaining babies as well as slower gaining babies. Babies nurse for many reasons, hunger is only one reason. Nursing for comfort is just as important- in fact they are the same thing to an infant. Additionally of course a baby this age really is frequently very hungry and wants to nurse a great deal because baby is still gaining as rapidly as baby did the last several weeks in the womb when baby was fed constantly.
I did not realize you are already under the care of an IBCLC. If you like her and think she is helpful, I do think it makes sense to see your IBCLC again, more for the gain...