My daughter is 12 mo old and not gaining weight. She is in the "failure to thrive" clinic at our local children's hospital, and lost another couple of ounces in the last two weeks, mainly due to an ear infection and teething. The hospital asked me to keep a food diary for a few days including weighed feedings, and I discovered that she is only getting about 5 oz at her first morning feed and 1-2 oz at the 3-4 other feedings throughout the day. She can be picky about her solids, but has a decent appetite and eats solids okay most of the time. She eats 3 meals and 2 snacks a day. Since she has refused to take a bottle since she turned 4 months and hasn't learned to drink from a cup/sippy/straw (we've tried every product known to man) yet, they're worried she is starving herself at the breast. They've done this before and say that she'll have a couple of miserable days and then she'll accept the cup.
I'm very sad that we have to wean before we want to (my daughter and I are happy breastfeeding), especially since it was so hard for us to get to this point (I had to pump and bottle feed for 2.5 months before she got the latch, and then I had mastitis for over 6 months, thank goodness for lactation consultants!). And I'm worried about what will happen if in two or three days time she still isn't drinking from a cup. On the other hand, she clearly is not getting the calories she needs to grow, and I worry about her health if she continues not to gain weight.
Has anyone been through something similar? Any thoughts/suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.