July 30th, 2016, 02:32 PM
Ok, I need reassurance and advice. Tired and frustrated with our situation. Here is our saga, continued from a previous thread:
Baby was born almost 5 weeks ago at term, 7 lbs 15 oz. Latched shallowly the first day and then sporadically from then on. On day 5 of life, wouldn't latch at all for 5-6 hours and seemed sleepier and sleepier, waking up rarely to feed, so I put on a nipple shield and he took to it immediately. The next day, he weighed in at 7 lbs 10 oz. The IBCLC at our clinic was worried about low supply and advised me to pump after every feed and supplement with EBM.
That week, I pumped about 5 x/day, not during the night, and got lots of milk. We supplemented about 4 times/day via bottle with EBM after breastfeeding (all with a shield). Our weigh-in at 2 weeks was 7 lbs 15 oz, a gain of an ounce/day. Great! I gradually stopped pumping and then stopped altogether, just fed him on cue. He was almost continuously latched to my breasts.
Fast forward to now, 2 weeks later. Still will almost never latch without the shield and when he does, it is shallow and only lasts for a few seconds before he lets go. His weigh-in a few days ago was 8 lbs 13 oz, a gain from the previous week of just under 5 ounces. Then today, 2 days later, again weighing in at 8 lbs 13 oz. No gain in 2 days (this was a different scale, but still...). His improved weight gain is leveling off again.
During the past week, lots of breast changes have occurred. Softer breasts, less...