February 9th, 2016, 10:11 PM
Hi and welcome. The first thing I would suggest is to take a deep breath! No matter what is going on, there is a solution. Even if supplementing is needed, that does not mean you will not be able to breastfeed your baby.
babies often lose weight the first several days of life. That part is normal. But then they start to gain and usually are back to birthweight at 2 weeks if not before. So the most concerning weight check is the one at 3 weeks compared to the one at 1.5 weeks. Because that shows a gain of 4 ounces over 10 or 11 days, correct? that is indeed quite slow gain. On the other hand, baby is gaining, and that is good.
Weight checks can be misleading if they are done incorrectly. All checks should be done on the same scale, with baby naked or in a dry diaper. Were those last two checks on the same scale? Yes, it really matters. The scale should be a digital infant scale, and the person doing the weight check needs to know how to do it and do it carefully. Watch out for human error as well as scale error.
Please know that a baby spitting up lots and wanting to nurse most of the time and to be held the rest of the time is all pretty much normal. In other words these things occur in 100% healthy, very well gaining babies. They do not mean your baby is definitely getting enough milk or that nothing else might be wrong, but they do not indicate any problem either. Baby taking a pumped bottle also does not mean a baby is not getting enough. Also, baby taking a...