Five weeks ago I had DS and he weighed 8/11. Upon leaving the hospital he was 8/4, at his newborn checkup he was 7/15 and three days later at his circumcision he was 7/13. Over the course of the next few weeks he just looked so skinny to me but was nursing well for the most part (or so I thought because there was no pain), was happy and sleeping as good as can be expected and has adequate wet and dirty diapers.
Out of curiosity I pulled out an old analog baby scale I have and he was only about 7/7 or so. I called my Dr. and to make a long story short I took him in to be weighed on a scale he had been weighed on before. He weighed 7/7 . My Dr. suggested pumping and adding a little formula to it to ensure he is getting enough calories (only a few times a day so I could still nurse) then return next week for another weigh in. If DS lost then we have a problem, if he gains then great and if he stays the same maybe he is just a skinny guy. I am just surprised that he has never returned to his birth weight.
I didn't mind that advice but thought I would see a pediatrician to see how someone else would approach the same situation. I'll spare you the details of the visit but I was in tears as she ranted about hypothyroidism and the chance that he could be going mentally retarded because I waited so long to see someone about the matter. (Honestly, i didn't know I was doing something wrong or I would have had him seen immediately) She could have been a little more gentle in her delivery of her thoughts.
One good thing came from the visit as she had me nurse in front of her and suggested he may not be nursing well. He latches and unlatches a number of times throughout a feeding so maybe he is getting enough milk to just get by until the next feeding but not enough to be nutritious. This is not always the case but does happen a few times a day.
Ultimately I decided to follow my primary care dr's orders until I could see a lactation consultant, who came to my house yesterday. Wouldn't you know it, he nursed better than ever in front of her and never had a problem latching.
I know this post is all over the place but I am worried and having a hard time deciding where to go with it so I have a few questions.
*Any advice for the latch and relatch? If he feeds for 15 minutes on one side I would guess he only eats for about half of that because he is on and off multiple times. I have tried switching sides, which only solves the problem sometimes, I have taken him completely off and stopped feeding for a little while before trying again but nothing seems to solve it.
*Tell me your thoughts on his weight. It seems to be holding steading over the last 7 days at 7/7, so no loss but no gain. If you have experience, please share.
*Any information on hypothyroidism? I am not drawing any conclusions but I do want to be educated on the matter. I've done research online but would be interested in hearing personal stories if anyone has one to share.
Thank you in advance.