My son was born on May 1st. He nurses often and for a long time, and the time and energy commitment is overwhelming. I feel trapped and resentful. Then at his 2-week checkup he was still 10% under birth weight so on top of everything I feel anxious about his weight and frustrated that all this effort has been unsuccessful.
He was born at 9lb 9oz (I didn't have IV fluids), on day 13 he was down to 8lb 7oz, and on day 19 he was only up to 8lb 12oz. (All weights were on different scales.) The nurse, doctor, and LC all said that he looks good, but the doctor wanted us to supplement with formula until DS is back at birth weight.
I rented a pump and have supplemented with a couple of ounces of EBM/day for the past 3 days, but I don't feel mentally able to cope with pumping in addition to what feels like continuous BFing. So far I have completely avoided formula, but it's so hard to stay motivated.
Does the baby's weight seem within the range of safe/normal? If he looks good, has 6+ wet and 1+ dirty diapers/day, and seems otherwise healthy, should I be concerned about him not being at birth weight?