My daughter had her 8 week check up today. She was born at 8 pounds 11 oz and went home at 8 pounds 3 oz. Quite an average birth, though she did have a lot of meconium present and needed to be suctioned right after birth.
Today she weighed in at a mere 9 pounds 4 oz. She went from being in the 92nd percentile to the 9th in her 8 weeks of life. I felt pretty bad about this.
She is my third child. I nursed my two sons who are now 4 and 6 until they were 18 mos and 2 years 7 mos old. Never had an issue with growth during all that time.
I exclusively breastfeed and have four weeks left of maternity leave. The doc said to increase nursing time, decrease working out and increase my fluid intake. I was doing kettlebells which is quite rigorous 6 times a week since my baby was 2 weeks old. I had no idea this would impact my baby's growth! Cutting back immediately to 3 times a week, and much less intense.
Baby started sleeping for 8 hour stretches overnight a few times a week. I will start waking to an alarm three times per night to make sure she eats. My other children woke more in the night so this is new (the sleeping for longer stretches).
Doc ruled out medical issues and said her "suction" appeared strong as she sucked on his gloved finger.
Am I missing anything here to change? My doc is giving me 4 weeks to make a big change, otherwise I will need to supplement. That is totally foreign to me! I really don't want to do that.
Any helpful thoughts are welcomed. Thank you.