My baby is 6mo, nursing 6-7 times per day, sleeping 9 hrs at night, and not gaining weight at all. She weighed 12lb 2oz at her 4mo checkup and 12lb 2oz at her 6mo checkup (born 7lb 5oz, left hospital 6lb 8oz). Her doctor was concerned, but said she would not ask me to supplement unless she continues with stagnant growth at her 9mo appointment.
I really don't think she is getting enough from me anymore. I had a breast reduction 7 years ago, so i'm not sure I ever had a supply of more than about 25oz per day.
Add to my concern about supply that my left is not really producing anymore. I left baby for the 1st time for a work trip (I usually nurse her around clock as I work from home). And when I pumped during the day away from her (pumping about every 3 hrs), I was only getting about 3oz from right and only drops to a half oz on left. She also leaves the left after only a couple of minutes in favor of the right.
Also, my period appears to be starting back, so I am concerned I am drying up.
At her 4mo appointment, doc told me to start cereal made with EBM instead of water and to star fruits and veggies. She eats 3 meals of babyfood per day, and she is a big eater (2oz cereal, and usually 2-4oz of fruits/veggies per meal). I have tried cutting back, but she seems dissatisfied even when offered the breast before and after meals.
She is also very constipated unless I give her 1-2oz of prune baby food per day. She only wets about 5 times per day. She refuses bottles of juice.
Despite all of my concern, she is a very happy baby. She only cries when having a BM, If I reduce her babyfood, or if I am not available when she wants to nurse. She is an incredibly content baby otherwise and a delight to be around. Her development is right about where it should be.
I need advice as to whether to supplement and if so, with what? I still have EBM from the first few months of pumping to increase supply, but only about 60oz.