A week and a half ago my little girl (was 2 wks old at the time) saw our Dr. She
had only put 2 oz on over a 2 week period. Exclusively Breast feeding. When she
was born she had a lot of mucus and spent her first 24 hours chocking and spitting
up lots of it. She did well nursing at that point. Since then - she continually
falls asleep while nursing . . . during the first couple of weeks she would nurse
enough to 'take the edge off' her hunger - but no more - and never drained the milk. She had grown an inch in 2 weeks, and her head grew a full inch as well - but almost no weight gain. Dr. wanted me to start supplementing her with formula - not what I wanted so we talked about supplementing with breast milk. I bought a pump and
have been supplementing her 1.5 to 4 oz every feeding. She nurses approximately every 3 hours - last couple of days has been more - but again - she constantly falls
asleep at the breast. Nothing I do wakes her for more than a few sucks. I do breast compressions while she's nursing to encourage her to drink - and she does swallow - but then stops almost immediately. Needless to say - she drinks the bottle very well . . which worries me because I find that she has gotten even worse
since we started supplementing - although she does look like she's putting on
some weight now...
I worry that she's not latching on properly - although I have no pain now and my milk supply is good. Today - I stretched her feeding to 4 hours instead of the 2 to 3 that she normally goes and she nursed better . . . should I be trying to hold off a little longer before feeding her so she is very hungry? I'm worried that if I do
this she won't put the weight on that she needs to - Dr will insist that I go to formula if she doesn't show any improvement this Tuesday. I'm confident that she will - but worried that I'll have to pump and supplement continually now... .
Any thoughts or suggestions would be so appreciated. I've scoured this forum and found lots of great info but need some encouragement right now. Thanks everyone.