So, I had posted about this awhile ago, but it seems to be morphing and still continuing. My DD is 4.5 months old. She is a bit on the small side -- had gained about 4 ozs per week consistently until recently. We traveled quite a bit over the holidays and she did get sick with both a small stomach flu and a cold (which she is still getting over). I guess these are the hazards of being around so many family members...
Other than a stuffy nose, she seems to be recovered and our ped says that she should be fine, but she has only been putting on 2.5-3 ozs per week for the last few weeks. In addition, she has become very fussy at the breast. Sometimes she will feed for 5-7 minutes and then get frustrated and cry or sometimes she will just pop on and off. I've wondered about low supply. I've never been a great pumper, and a few times after long episodes like this (where I've switched her back and forth many times to keep her eating and interested), I've tried pumping and not been able to get much milk, if any at all.
But other times, there is clearly milk there and she's just un-interested and fussy. I know she has been getting more distracted and I think that she may have some teeth coming in, so could this contribute to it? Or is it possible that she wants to go longer between feeds now or that she may be tired instead? I know it may be a bad habit, but I have often nursed her to help settler her down before walking her to sleep, but that doesn't seem to be working right now.
If her weight gain continues to slow, I'm wondering if I should be considering supplementing. I have been trying to pump after she eats to increase supply, as well as to store up milk for a work trip that is coming up where I will need to be gone for 4 days. She still has plenty of wet diapers per day - around 8 very wet cloth diapers. Her BM's have been spreading out across a few days, but she has one regularly at least every 3 days. And she seems to be happy and developing well at times other than feeding.
Any advice would be appreciated!