So I have exclusively breastfed my 4 month old girl. No formula. She has had a few bottles of my breast milk. She has heavvvy wet diapers and poops several times a day. At her one month checkup dr said she was gaining good. 2 month checkup said she needed supplementation... but I didn't. 3 month checkup said she is gaining good. Today at her 4 month checkup said she is growing and isn't too concerned with her weight but wants me to supplement with formula one bottle a day with cereal in it. I do not want her to have formula. If she truly needs it then yes. But I am uncomfortable with adding cereal to the bottle. Finally she said I could try pumping and giving her an extra bottle of milk a day wiiiith cereal. She also said I could just in general start cereal and oatmeal now. But ididnt want to start that until 6 months.
She is soooo long. Dr said she thinks my milk is ok because her head is growing and she is so long. She said she has no fat stores though and just enough to grow. She said she is developmentally advanced. She is very happy and social. She was born at 7 pounds 9 ounces and left the hospital at 6 pounds 15 ounces. At her 3 month checkup last month she was 10 pounds 5 ounces and 24 inches. 40 days later, today she weighs 11 pounds 11 ounces and is 25.3 inches long. She is 83% for height and went from 15 to 13% for weight... so her weight percentage HAS been kind of steadily decreasing. She also has reflux and spits up a lotttt. So in 40 days she gained 22 ounces I think that's right. I thought that was low but still good. Every single time I go to her doctor I feel like a breastfeeding failure. I hate feeling like that.
Last week my baby was in the emergency room for croup and I had a long talk with another pediatrician about her size and he said she seemed great and had fat and was happy and I can't always go by the charts. Now this week her main dr is making me feel inadequate. My son is 2 but the same dr told me back when he was newborn that he was not getting enough milk and to supplement. So I did and then just slowly my milk went away. I don't want that to happen. I want to be successful this time. I don't know why it has to be such a battle for me to breastfeed my children. And having such conflicting advice from doctors doesn't help.
The dr also wants me to pump allllllll day one day to see how much I make in a day. She said I should get 28 ounces and if not she is not getting enough. Seriously... I thought pump output wasn't a good indicator of supply but she wouldn't listen. She asked if I ever pump and I said yes that I get a little over 3 ounces every 3 hours. Like 3 and a half ounces. She was like ohh that's definitely not enough. My girl seriously eats every 2 to 3 hours still. I talked to the LLL leader here and she said 3 ounces was good for pumping. What to do ? Who do I believe ?