October 21st, 2016, 11:57 AM
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby!
Supplementation is NOT usually needed for breastfed babies. If it were, how would the human species have survived all those millennia until the first safe formulas were developed, which only happened about 120 years ago? :)
The doctor's advice was pretty dodgy. When it comes to weight gain, we are looking for a baby to be back to birth weight by 2 weeks of age. Your baby has met that standard. In addition, you aren't sore or bleeding any more, you feel like baby has no difficulty in latching, and baby's poops and pees are normal. That all suggests that breastfeeding is going fine at this point, and all you need to do is to nurse baby when she cues, to nurse her when your body cues you to nurse (like when you feel like it would be convenient to have baby nurse, or when you feel the need for a cuddle or would like to put your feet up), to continue to watch her diaper output, and to make sure she nurses at least 8x per day (10-12 nursing sessions would be more typical for a baby this age).
If you are still doubting yourself, see a lactation consultant, preferably one who is an IBCLC, for an in-person evaluation of breastfeeding. If your pediatrician thought something was wrong, a trip to the IBCLC is what should have been suggested instead of formula! Also, the doctor's suggestion- a bottle of formula after every nursing session- is not only bad breastfeeding advice, it's bad supplementing advice. If...