June 29th, 2015, 03:13 PM
Hi all, I would love some advice, and I think I need a place to sound off.
My newborn is 3 weeks old, and was born on June 6th. We've had trouble with weight gain. She weighed 8 lbs 14 oz at birth, and was down to 8 lbs even when we left the hospital on June 9th (10% of birth weight). At the hospital she was jaundiced and the nurse did give her some formula while she was receiving phototherapy (always after a feed on the breast, but my milk hadn't come in yet).
She has a tongue-tie, and after having it examined by several doctors, nurses, and my doula, we've decided not to snip it for now as her tongue can reach past her gum to push against her lips, and is visibly covering her gums while she latches. Everyone who has checked her latch says she latches really well, and she has right from the start. I haven't had discomfort since the first couple of days.
However, she hasn't been gaining weight, and my nurse thinks it's a supply issue (I tend to agree, although we did talk about re-visiting the tongue-tie just to eliminate it as a possibility). I've been trying everything to increase my supply, and have become pretty frustrated despite my best attempts to stay positive. I'll give a history of her weight gain:
June 6th - 8 lbs 14 oz
June 9th - 8 lbs