I have been having issues with the doctors at the base hospital where I live. It seems as though I have been targeted because I breast feed my son who is 9 months old. I know multiple people with very young children in my son's age group and NONE of them were breast fed at all. I was harassed after his birth because we couldn't keep his blood sugar level stabilized and the doctor (who was never in my room more than 5 minutes) decided that the problem was me and I could not properly breast feed. 9 Months later and I am still having issues with doctors. I had a lactation consultant visit me daily and she was pretty impressed that I knew different holds and how to get my son to latch properly all on my own. Long story short this is where I am now:
He is 9 months old and is 28.5 inches long but only 16.8 pounds. He is under the 5th percentile on the weight chart that this hospital uses (CDC) and because these doctors apparently never deal with babies who are breast fed I have been having an incredible amount of stress from them. My last doctor told me that all breast fed babies are fat and are always bigger than formula fed babies. (NEVER in any case I have seen. I have 12 nephews and neices and that was never the case) I introduced solids at six months and I just introduced meat at nine months. He started teething just over three weeks ago and started refusing food. I feed him three meals a day plus snacks and he breast feeds five times a day. I pumped to see what I am producing and I get 6 ounces with the pump and at least another 2 manually.
His doctor told me that he is considered to be in the "failure to thrive" catagory and if he doesn't gain a half a pound in two weeks they are going to hospitalize him and put him on formula and force feed him and if he refuses to eat they will put a G-tube in him to feed him- formula. I am doing a food diary to track his calories but his doctor is putting a lot of pressure on me to force feed my son. I feel like I am torturing him and he cries when it is meal time now and tries to cover his mouth with his hand. I have talked to a ton of my friends and all of the ones with small children say that even when their weights bottomed out their doctor never hassled them so much.
There has been no support for me breast feeding my son. One of the higher ranking officers told my last doctor to use the WHO Growth Chart because they sample more babies who are still breast fed after six months- he falls at about the 10th percentile on that chart.
PLEASE help me. I do not know what to do and I am grasping at straws.