My 6.5 month old son was around 80th percentile for 2/4 month appointments - 14 lbs at 2 months, 17 lbs, 5 oz at 4 months. We went in last week for a visit related to a blocked tear duct at 6.5 months, and he weighed 16 lbs 9 oz.
There are a couple possibilities - 1. At around 4.5 months was when he stopped really eating at his 10pm feeding. He sleeps 8pm-7am, and started doing that on his own. I was feeding on demand prior to that. 2. It's possible his personality is just different from my daughter, but he just seems incredibly…picky? He is the most content baby, except at feeding time. He is FRANTIC from the moment he sees me after he wakes from a nap to eat. He has to burp a lot because he is so frantic until let down. About 3-4 minutes into one side, he gets frantic again. I try to burp (sometimes he is so frantic he won't), and then switch sides. Sometimes he will switch 2x, but often he will only eat from both sides once. He just refuses to eat more.
This wasn't a problem at first because he was gaining so much weight. I had an oversupply with my daughter and it seemed that I had the same thing going on with my son…but the weight loss is making me question my supply. I don't know if he was used to super fast flow and now is just getting so frustrated? Once he's finished eating, I give him a pacifier to calm down for a minute (he gets mad when I try to make him eat when he's done.) After about 5 seconds he's immediately calm and super happy.
Both of my kids sleep a lot, so I am really wary of waking him for more feeds - currently as he is taking naps and waking to eat, he eats 5x/day. When he eats for those 3-4 minutes calmly, I can hear him swallowing. When he's finished I think there is still plenty (if he wanted to continue.) Wet diapers are 4x/day, not super soaked like my daughters were but wet enough to pass 4 TBSP test on kellymom.
I'm just not sure what to try. My thoughts are - add the 10pm feed back in even though I hate to wake him up, continue to try to eeek every single minute out of each feeding, maybe a bad latch? But how could he have a bad latch when he gained so much weight at the beginning? My gut tells me it's not supply but I still question because I don't know.
*he does get solids 2x day after full nursing. I'm making sure they are fatty solids like avocado/banana/etc.
I know this is long…any thoughts would be helpful.