We finally got him to gain weight! 4.6 ounces in 2 days - the doctor was impressed. We have one more weight check next week to make sure he's back to his birth weight.
Unfortunately, we managed the weight gain by pretty much moving to an exclusive-pumping type situation. I still try to latch him on, but he screams whenever I try to get him on the shield, won't latch well even on that, and then he refuses to suck hard enough to get any milk. I will do breast compressions and hear him swallow, but he doesn't take that any further. We saw a different doctor on Friday, and she said he might be a little tongue-tied but didn't recommend we try to fix it. He still does the thing where he sticks his tongue out of the side of his mouth and knocks the nipple out.
I also caught my husband doing NOT paced bottle feeds, so I'm now afraid that's why the baby is being lazy, if he has already developed a flow preference and I'm going to be stuck exclusively pumping forever. On the one hand, it's easier (since my husband can give him a bottle and I can just pump), but it's not what I wanted and I have heard that EP is a lot of work.
The LC we saw a week ago agreed that the baby had to gain weight, so she recommended we continue with what the pediatrician said to do. I didn't realize that they won't contradict your doctor's advice. At this point, we've spent so much money on breastfeeding that I'm not sure my husband is going to agree to let me see anyone anymore. There's a free breastfeeding clinic on Wednesday that I'm going to try to go to, but I don't know if they will be too swamped to actually help.
Is there still hope, or should I resign myself to EPing?