I have lurked on these forums for 2years. Now with my second little one I have a question! I've been doing some reading to try and get to the bottom of this and appreciate any suggestions.
DD was born at 6lbs, 7oz and her weight gains are as follows:
1month 10lbs 13.5oz (90th%)
2months 12lbs 10.5oz (95th%)
Around this time I started the mini-pill and since DD had gained so well Doctor said I could let her sleep a bit longer at night, 6+hours.
4month 12lbs 11oz. (50th%)
Last week was the 4month well visit where she weighed 12lbs 11oz, only a gain of half an ounce in two months. We were all shocked! Nurse re-zero'd the scale and tried again. Same weight. Doctor was very concerned that she had gained only the .5oz in 2months.
My gut tells me that either something was wrong with the scale at 2months or she's fine. DD will feed about 10 times during the day and sleeps a long stretch at night, usually about 6hours, sometimes a little longer. She's not a good napper, we have a very active day of being held, being on our tummy, watching big brother play, etc. She love to roll over. She's been alert and aware since birth and I see more development in her the last 2 months as well. I'm eager to offer her the breast whenever she shows me she needs it; hunger, comfort etc. She has 5-6 wet diapers a day. She seems happy after feedings. She sometimes wants to eat sooner than 2hours after the last feeding but I don't watch the clock too much and up until this point I haven't worried about that. We only BF. I have offered a bottle of expressed milk a few times and she refuses. I explained this to doctor but she was still very concerned.
The Doctor's suggestions were for me to work on bottle feeding with expressed milk so I know how much milk DD is receiving. She's not sure I make enough and would like it if DD received all bottles of expressed milk. Here in our conversation I admit I shut down. I pumped for a while with DS while I worked outside of the home and it led to a dip in my supply and very early weaning. BUT, I was just so worried about DD in this current situation I responded with just nods of my head. I cried when the doctor left. We have a weight check up in 2weeks.
As I said I've tried to read up on weight gain & milk supply now that it seems we have these issues. Obviously in these 2weeks I want to do all I can to be sure DD gains and continues to gain so now I'm stressing out. I also want to go back to the doctor's with as much information to advocate for the feeding choices I would like to make for my DD. I've seen the same doc all this time but I may see someone different for our follow up, sort of a second opinion. Obviously if she is truly not gaining weight well I would do anything for her but it doesn't seem like Exclusive Pumping is my only option is it? I've also read it's common for a BF baby to gain less weight after a certain point, but DD is too young for that I think? I think my supply is ok - maybe the mini-pill caused a dip and I didn't realize soon enough?
I realize this may be a difficult post to respond to since the follow up weight check is in 2weeks. I appreciate any follow-up posts, even to tell me to just calm down! Thank you!!