I have a 2.5 month EBF baby who is following the same breastfeeding pattern as his older sister - a pattern that lead to poor weight gain and mandated formula supplementation. I don't want to repeat the past because it has been one of my sources of "mommy guilt" for many years.
Just like his sister, in the beginning, breastfeeding was going great. At the one month check-up he was in the 69th weight percentile and had been following his growth curve. Two month appointment arrives and now he's fallen to the 47th percentile despite nursing 8-12 times per day and my having an adequate milk supply. Same story with his sister.
Now, at 11 weeks, he's refusing the breast during times when I believe he should be hungry, and the only time I can get good feedings into him are at night or when he is drowsy from a nap. When he is awake, he arches his back, refuses to latch and cries hysterically like I am torturing him. Again, same thing happened with my first child. I pump when he refuses me and I can get 2.5 ounces in about 7 minutes, so the well isn't dry. His sister cut teeth at 4 months, but still, I think it is too soon for him to be teething.
I am so confused why this is happening again and I don't know what to do. I don't want to supplement because that was a slippery slope that lead to my daughter weaning at 6 months and my pumping milk for the rest of her first year. He has a weight check on 2/28 and I am so desperate for him to get the green light from the pediatrician.
Advice would be so welcome because I am starting to dread feedings and just want my baby to be healthy and happy. I hate to see him so upset.