Re: So confused about weight gain. Dr vs. IBCLC
Good questions from the PP.
There's nothing intrinsically wrong with being 12 lbs, 8 oz at 4 months. On this chart http://kellymom.com/images/growth/growthcharts.gif, your baby is just below the 50th percentile for weight. The LC might have been thrown off by your baby's birthweight, since a baby who starts out big and then follows a different growth trajectory outside the womb may appear to be gaining too slow- if you subscribe to the completely false idea that babies must always follow the same curve!
It is always possible to increase supply. The keys to increased supply are frequency and completeness of milk removal from the breast. If the baby isn't doing a perfect job at that right now- perhaps because she is getting a lot of formula and that's making her a lazier or less frequent nurser- you need to fix that by nursing more and/or by pumping. If you can get to a point where every bottle you give your baby contains expressed milk rather than formula, you can simply ditch the bottles. Your baby may be fussy for a few days while she gets used to only nursing, but as long as diaper output remains normal the fussiness is normal and not an indication of supply problems.
This link explains how to wean from formula supplements: http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/basi...rease-formula/
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