My son just turned 7 months and despite my best efforts not to worry, I am concerned about his continuing slide down the weight percentile charts. He is my second child. He was born in the 55th pc for weight and 75th for length. He continued to follow roughly these percentiles for the first 2 months. However between 2 months and 4 months he dropped down to the 25th percentile for weight but gained on the length chart, reaching roughly the 90th percentile. His paediatrician tutted that she didn't want to see him slide any further down the weight pc chart. However he has now slid down to the 5th percentile. He wasn't measured for length most recently but he seems very long still so I expect he's still high on that percentile chart, but I'm really starting to worry I have been dealing with a low supply issue all along and just not realised it; reassurance from friends always put this down to growth spurts and genetics but I'm wondering if really I've a less than adequate supply due to chronic stress and having been ill recently. Chronic stress in the form of having had my son while coping with a sick 2 and a half year old, who then went on to have an operation to make her better, to moving countries for my husband's job, which has led to a total toilet training regression with my daughter. I then developed a boil on my face which required two weeks of taking 2 antibiotics.
I question my milk supply because I honestly feel my body and breasts have reacted differently this time round and my supply has been less robust. Despite having been able to pump alongside feeding my firstborn for a freezer stash this time round even in the early months I was barely able to pump an ounce between both breasts using a double electric pump, and didn't find my supply increased after days of pumping.
I would greatly appreciate it if someone could tell me what this sounds like to them, what it means when a baby rises on the length percentile while simultaneously sliding down the weight percentile.
Lastly I would love to know what you think my next steps should be. Dr Jack Newman personally replied to my advice request when I reached out at 4 months and suggested it sounded like I'd suffered from late onstage milk supply decrease and his advice was to be prescribed domperidone however I am not comfortable taking a prescription medicine for this, so am looking for alternative solutions if they exist. I feel after the months of mental and physical exhaustion of all our family toils, I am even ready to consider supplementing with a cup of formula a day, if it is concluded my son should be gaining faster than he is.
Apologies for the long post and thank you for taking the time to read it!