September 29th, 2015, 02:52 AM
My 3 month old has had slow weight gain and it's causing me a lot of worry. I'm planning on attending a LLL group in a couple of weeks' time, but am needing support and opinions in the meantime.
Baby boy was 9 lb 1 oz at birth (41+3, uncomplicated), lost 9% of body weight and was slow to regain (back to birth weight at 5 weeks). On the WHO breastfed weight chart, it looks like he was born at 91st centile, dropped to 75th in early days, then has stayed around 9th centile since 6 weeks. He is generally happy, healthy, developing well but didn't poop regularly for the first 9 weeks. My supply has seemed low--not enough dirty diapers, slow weight gain--so I've tried skin-to-skin bf vacations, oatmeal, flax seed, fenugreek, brewer's yeast, blessed thistle, More Milk Motherlove, lactation tea & cookies, etc. We have always fed on demand, usually 12+ times in 24 hours, and we co-sleep and feed all night. I'm tired, but taking it in stride, and am generally enjoying bf and motherhood.
DH is 100% supportive of EBF and adamantly against formula, considers it 'junk food' (he agrees to use formula if advised by medical staff, though).
My mom and sister are convinced baby is starving and needs formula supplementation. Mom is in tears, worrying about him (and she's *usually* a sensible person whose opinion I really value), and sister demands to know his medical info, tells me how to boost supply, buys me herbal supplements, etc. When I tell them that they're upsetting me, they...