We've had some nursing problems but seem to be on the right track, with exclusively nursing for 4 weeks now. Baby is 10.5 weeks old. I'm just on-and-off concerned and not concerned, wondering if it matters that she isn't really getting "plump" like my other daughter did. The brief history is that she was born at 9 lbs, went down to 8 lbs 1 oz, and gained really slowly to reach 10 lbs 5 oz at 9.5 weeks - so at 9.5 weeks, not even 1.5 lbs over her birthweight.
So at birth: length was in percentile 90, and weight between percentile 90 and 95. Being about 10.3 lbs at 2 months old is apparently between the 10th and 25th percentile. As far as I know she has never LOST weight besides the initial drop, just had a very slow gain rate; but is that much of a change in percentile something to be alarmed about? I had been going along thinking everyone was being so paranoid (midwife, health nurse, etc.), but now I wonder if they were right to be weighing her as obsessively as they were. I am out of town and we won't have access to a baby scale until Monday now.
I have a "bad side" that she doesn't like, and slowly I think we've both been, consciously or subconsciously, transitioning to nursing more and more on the good side and less on the bad, so by now she only nurses the bad side 3-4 times in 24 hours, and believe me, she's nursing a lot, so she spends a LOT more time on the good side. Could it be that somehow we've made my supply go down overall by doing this? I sometimes wonder about that, too.
She doesn't act hungry whenever we're not nursing - she does have happy times where she comes off and seems perfectly satisfied, so I don't think she's starving. They're not very LONG times, but they're getting longer!
She obviously isn't wasting away, and she's a bit squishy in cute places but she definitely doesn't have the ROLLS of chub that my older daughter had at this age (and before). We were, however, supplementing DD1's nursing with 2-4 oz formula per day at this age.
Any thoughts are appreciated!! Thanks!