My daughter weighed 8lbs 8 oz at her two month check up, which puts her in the 1st percentile for weight. She was 6-14 at birth and 6-8 when we left the hospital. Breastfeeding has been difficult for us, and now to know that she is struggling to gain weight is so discouraging. I just started supplementing with formula because I am concerned she is not getting enough from me, but this is not the route I want to take. I would like her to be EBF for as long as possible, especially while I'm still at home with her.
I was so surprised that she was in the 1st percentile because my husband and I are not small people, nor were we small babies. I am worried that maybe there is an underlying issue causing her slow weight gain, because ever since she was born she has been extremely fussy, cries like she is in pain, has a lot of gas, and has always had mucous-y poops that are more orangey-brown than mustard yellow. Sometimes they are greenish. I tried eliminating dairy for about 2 weeks, but I didn't see an improvement. I am wondering if she could have another allergy. I also thought I had oversupply in the early weeks, because of her gas, fussiness, and occasional green poops. But now I've gone to the opposite extreme and am concerned my supply has gone down because of supplementing with formula. (Today when I pumped I hardly got 1/2 an ounce). Also when I feed her lately she stops actively swallowing after the milk lets down. She then either falls asleep or gets frustrated and latches on and off and turns her head back and forth frantically.
Please help! Any advice is appreciated. I desperately want her to gain weight and be a happy, content baby.