I'm looking for some words of wisdom or advice about what to do next in my search for answers. I am nursing #2, an adorable baby girl with big cheeks and chunky thighs, and she is not gaining weight well. The pediatrician (actually, ARNP) has been very supportive of my refusing to supplement with formula since Baby's been right on the cusp of normal, but she has now fallen below that and I'm finding myself reluctant to get the pediatrician involved because I don't want to give her formula!
her birth weight was 9lbs, 7.4oz (but she was REALLY bloated due to the HUGE amount of fluids I received)
24 hour weight was 8lbs 15oz (my LC and ARNP are both comfortable throwing away the birth weight and using this instead because of the bloating at birth)
4 weeks: 9lbs 8oz
6 weeks (yesterday): 9lbs 12oz
If you do the math, that's only 4 ounces of weight gain in the last 2 weeks, well below the .5oz/day the ARNP is minimally comfortable with.
Our breastfeeding relationship seems perfect: she's latches on great, she's fed on demand, I let her decide when she's done, she (usually) seems happy/content when she finishes. She's also a chunky, happy baby, gives smiles, is alert for long stretches, etc. She is NOT lethargic or pale or anything else that would throw up a red flag. The LC did a pre and post feeding weight check to see how much she had taken in at two different visits; once she took in 3.6 oz and another time (yesterday) it was only 1.6oz. Both felt like "good" feeds to me (active suck/swallow, good duration, etc).
What do you make of all this and what would you do next? So far all I've got is I'm going to try to increase my supply via herbal supplements and eating more protein.