My daughter is 16 days old and only gained 2oz in 6 days according to her doctors scales. She was weighed once on a digital and then 6 days later on the regular scale. We go for another weight check this coming Wednesday.
I am so fearful that she won't gain enough weight and they will want me to supplement formula or pumped milk. My first daughter had latch issues and didn't gain weight either- so I pumped and bottle fed for 6 months. It was a miserable experience and I vowed never to have to do that again. I didn't want to give a bottle for a good month+ this time. I was so looking forward to breast feeding the "right way" this time around.
This baby loves to nurse. She gives signs every 1-3 hours (hands in mouth, trying to latch on to anything near her face, sticking tongue out, etc).
She doesn't really open wide enough and can be painful. I have a hard time getting her to open wide enough. She either nurses for 30 mins straight-- or most of the time- she eats for 5 and falls asleep. But when I unlatch her, she acts like she's starving and wants to go back on. Even if she is just holding my nipple in her mouth (not sucking).
I'm afraid she's only getting the fore milk and not the good, fatty hind milk because of her frequent, short sessions.
She also spits up a lot. I don't remember what's "normal" for new babies to spit up and what's not normal.
I'm just a born worrier, I guess.
Any suggestions on how to get her to nurse longer or to help with her latch?
And what is "normal" for EBF weight gain for newborns?