I've posted a few times, about our son falling asleep on my wife while breastfeeding (but also seemingly breastfeeding constantly), and also about how our pediatrician said he was having "starvation stools" and to feed him formula after feeding him for 20 minutes from the breast.
Anyway. We've been back and forth from IBCLCs, and we thought things were looking good again. We had a few scares along the way, and last week we were definitely giving him some bottles of formula (additionally, my DS had his HepB vaccine last week, and before the shot my wife fed him some formula so he'd be calm, as he still takes about 60-90 minutes to 'complete a feeding' (although I've rarely seen him actually complete the feeding)). When we weighed him last week, he was weighed at 3580 grams. This represented a 30gr/day gain from the previous time (same scale) and we were quite happy about that. Although the nurse mentioned he was in a very low percentile (between 3rd and 5th), she mentioned his gain has been in line with the curve.
Anyway. Our LO is now 6 weeks old. We've tried to stop the formula completely. My wife went to an IBCLC on Sunday. She fed him from her "good side" (she has one 'good side' and one side with plugged ducts that she's trying to work out) for 30 minutes and our son got 70 ccs of milk (based on pre/post weights). She tried to complete the feed from her other side (to give it stimulation and to get rid of the plug), so he probably gained a bit more (but he did pee/poop and was changed after the first side, so we didn't know exactly how much).
We thought everything was on the up and up. This morning, our DS pooped twice and peed. We brought him to be weighed again this morning, and he was weighed at 3500 grams. This represents an 80 gram loss over 4-5 days. We were devastated, especially because we thought everything was going well. The nurse said, "Look, you fed him formula before last time, and this time you told me he pooped and peed. I don't think he actually lost all 80 grams - just by looking at him." And, sure, I agree, but he definitely didn't gain as much as he should have - and he probably even lost.
We're pulling our hair out -- my wife feeds our DS constantly. We really, really thought he was getting better. I've been hearing him swallow, I've been seeing soiled and wet diapers... and then I was hit with a weight loss. What should we do? Should we keep pushing ahead? Should we supplement? I'm afraid if we reintroduce a bottle, his sucking will get lazy again - right when we believe it's getting better. Should we wait? At what point should we get nervous?
Are we doing the right thing???
Thanks again for all your kind words and advice...