I apologize for any typos... I am writing this on an iPad.
My baby is 9 weeks old tomorrow. He was 8lbs 1oz at birth. He lost almost a pound in the hospital. However... I held out with EBFing and 5 days after his birth... When we were released (section)... He had gained and was 7lbs 4oz.
His gain since has been slow. 8lbs 8oz at one month and 10lbs 3oz at 2 (immediately after taking a 3oz bottle). His has plenty of wet diapers and several dirty ones a day.
However... He has been diagnosed with reflux. It was silent at first but now it's the more text book variety. He nurses all day but doesn't eat. My supply was dropping so I started pumping and eating oatmeal. So I nurse him on demand all day (9 to 10 sessions) and I pump and get about 9oz a day.
Nursing is tough. We have never had a problem with latch. During the day it goes OK. Sometimes we will have a great session (20 to 40minutes... He pulls off full). But In the evenings especially it's the worst bc it's like he is frustrated that my let down is not faster. Add to that the reflux and evening nursing is just awful. He's either arching and in pain.... Or he's feeling up to eating finally and he just gets mad at the breast. Tonight I nursed him from 10:30 to 11:30... When he would actually calm down and suckle...he did great... But it was like 5 minutes of the whole hour and so now he is still starving. I don't want to supplement (even with expressed milk) bc I feel like my body should be responding to his needs... But I got desperate and gave him a 4oz bottle. He drank almost 2oz before trying to just comfort nurse the bottle. He's now back on the breast at 12:15... Just comfort sucking and wide awake despite hardly sleeping today. ( up at 9am...took 2 one hour naps and then slept from 8 to 10:30)
I should be returning to work next week... But it's completely impossible so I am taking a few more weeks despite the financial pain to do so. He doesn't sleep... So I don't sleep. The medications ( Zantac and Prevacid ) are not helping. Is my only option sensitive tummy formula? I need to get something working in the coming weeks bc I cannot afford to not go back to work.
I have cut dairy, chocolate and caffeine from my diet. My pediatrician does not feel it is a milk protein allergy. I'm thinking about cutting bad carbs / gluten next....