Hi everyone. I'm posting because I've become worried about my son's slow weight gain. I apologize in advance for this long post, but I want to give as much info as I can.
Here's his weight history:
Birth: 7 lbs, 1 oz
Dropped to: 6 lbs, 7 oz
1 month: 8 lbs, 4oz
2 months: 10 lbs, 6 oz
3 months: 11 lbs, 8 oz
4 months: 11 lbs, 11 oz
5 months: 12 lbs, 5 oz
So he had started and stayed in the 25% for awhile, but then suddenly dropped, and he's currently falling below the 5% (and yes, my pedi was using BF growth charts). So it's not just the low #'s I'm worried about, it's the drop
A little BF'ing history: Started out rough. He was incredibly hungry/fussy, seemed like a nonstop growth spurt. I was lucky if he went 1 hour. Then we battled thrush, plugged ducts, flat nipples, and incredibly sore nipples even though he was witnessed as having a good latch. He did occassionaly get formula from 2-3 months. But I was pumping as well. It was never on a regular basis (just to try to regain a little sanity). But then, around 3 months things got better. He was going 3 hrs in between feedings, finally started sleeping through the night (usually), and was happy in between!
Due to his slow weight gain around 4 months, I started to increase feedings to at least every 2 hrs (sometimes even more often) and waking him up before I go to bed for a dreamfeed (then he'll usually go 7-8 hrs until his morning feed). I've been EBF'ing since 3 months. I'm also trying to pump when I get the time. My pedi (who I've found to be very supportive of BF) suggested supplementing w/ milk I've pumped, or try a little formula (which I now want to try to avoid). I also met w/ a LC and she didn't seem super concerned. She said he looks healthy. Which he does. He has great color, chubby little cheeks & hands, I always get comments on how alert he is. And he's reaching his all his milestones (even a bit early on some). He's very active as well. He has 5-6 wet diapers a day, stools about every 3 days. The LC told me to keep doing what I'm doing, feed frequently, pump once a day, dreamfeed once. I've decided to stop my birth control which I started around 3 monts post partum. But I'm worried now that I have a low supply. How else can you tell besides low weight gain? Is there anything else I can do? I don't want to over react, but I also don't want to blow this off like it's not a big deal. Can you tell I'm a first time worried mom?! Thanks for any input, and again, sorry for the length (if You've even made it to the end )