I just got back from our 2 mo visit to the pediatrician and my LO only gained 8 oz in 4 weeks! Ugh!
Background: He was born 6 weeks (born at 33.7 weeks, currently 8 weeks, corrected age 2 weeks) early and in the NICU with complications in regards to blood in his stool. He was without "milk" for 2 weeks as his gut needed to heal and rest. In the time I pumped anywhere from every 2 hours to every 4 depending on my availability. LO had either dad or myself with him 24-7 while in the NICU. Once he was able to eat it took about 2 weeks for him to get the hang of it. In that 2 week feeding time, I did some nursing but mostly he was feed with BM through a bottle. He never had any issues with latching only with the suck, swallow, breath thing. I have a fast let-down (that he is now used to), this kept him from wanting to nursed past that point. Because I wanted us to get out of there asap I stuck to nursing once a day and giving him bottle the rest of the feeds. My supply while in the hospital was minimal 70ml the most from pumping with hospital grade 15 mins.
Okay now we are home, for 3+ weeks and exclusively BF, only giving a bottle after nursing every once in a while because he'll take it and usually sleep a little more. When we nurse he feeds on both sides for maybe 10 mins on each side before he falls asleep. He doesn't nurse much past that fast let down I talked about earlier. He's pretty fussy most of the day unless he's held or in the wrap. He does not like to be put down (which have been like my previous children).
Went to the doc today and 8oz in a month! I'm frustrated and in tears. Am I starving my boy? My doc tells me I need to give him 2 oz of my stocked up BM after every nursing- well he's nursing every 2 hours! I'm going to run through my stock in no time! I'm freaking out that my supply is never going to give him the amount he needs. Is he still to little to BF for a lengthy amount of time? Could he be getting tired at the breast and not able to finish a feed? Do I follow the doc advice? I refuse to give formula, but now how much am I going to have to pump during the day? I HATE pumping! I have 2 other children at home and pumping in not an easy task with a newborn and 2 year old.
-frustrated and feeling defeated!