I don't know what to do and a friend recommended this site. My baby is 5 weeks old and was 7lbs 3 oz at birth. In the few weeks he lost down to 6 lbs 6 oz and has now gained to 7 lbs 8 oz. This has put him in the 3rd percentile. When he first started losing, my pediatrician and lactation consultant team ran tests and have not found anything wrong. My supply is good and he is happy, alert, healthy, and a good eater. They told me that my milk probably didn't have enough calories to support his growth and they wanted me to supplement with formula. We have been supplementing with formula for several weeks, to the point that now I nurse him until he passes and we have to wake him back up and get 3 oz of formula in him each time. This is what has gotten him up to his current weight.
Now my pediatrician and LC want me to completely stop nursing because they say he is burning too many calories doing it. I am totally against this. I have done everything they have asked me to except for this. Has anyone ever heard of nursing burning too many calories? Also, is there a way for them to test my breast milk to see if it has the appropriate calorie content? It seems like everyone is just guessing that this is the problem and I don't want to stop nursing for a guess.