Hi all! Here is my (long) story. I would appreciate suggestions and help!
My baby girl is 5 weeks. She was 5lbs 11oz at birth, 4lbs 12oz at 3 day check, 4lbs 15oz at 1 week check & at 3 weeks was 5lbs 3oz. All different scales. The obvious concern for us and care providers is obviously very low weight gain.
I had a waterbirth at home.
I BF her exclusively until about 3 1/2 weeks, using a nipple shield because of inverted nipples. She was on my breast almost 24/7. She had green explosive poops all that time. She would suck for maybe a few minutes and then fall asleep. All of the tricks to wake a sleepy baby did nothing. Obviously she was not getting enough milk into her tummy.
When we got worried about weight, her pediatrician put her on a 1-2oz every two hours feeding schedule. To measure what we were giving her/how much she was eating, I started pumping and bottle feeding my BM. My output was low-I struggled to pump an oz sometimes. So, we also started supplementing with Enfamil ProSobee.
Right now my pumping output is 1-1 1/2oz for both breasts, every 2-3 hours and approximately 15 minutes each side. (I know this is normal but everyone seems to think it's too low.) So baby gets that first and then formula until she seems satisfied, usually another 1-2 oz. She's now constipated and needs Babylac. I think it's too much formula? We try to nurse still, mostly for comfort at night (we co-sleep) without a shield.
I'm going to try fenugreek to increase my pumping output.
I want my baby to gain weight! But could this situation be made better? Are we doing the right thing? It was very difficult for me to chose to start formula. I think it's very unhealthy and leads to other unhealthy things. I would love to simply breastfeed my child and to have her grow without all of these other interventions. I miss breastfeeding exclusively but feel that my trust in my body has been hijacked by feeling like I wasn't producing enough. This is an emotionally difficult time for me.