I have just returned from my son’s 1 month doctor’s appointment with disheartening news : My baby has only gained 8 ounces in the past three weeks. Besides his insufficient weight gain, my son seems to be thriving (He has excellent length and head-circumference growth, has a good amount of “awake” time, and adequate urine and bowel output.)
I’m perplexed on why his weight gain would be so poor, as I seem to have plenty of milk and my baby eats for approx. 30-40 minutes every three hours.
Does anyone know of ways to increase the amount of calories in my milk? I am undoubtedly guilty of not taking proper care of myself over the past few weeks (not eating properly, getting enough fluids, or getting enough rest). Could that affect the quality of my milk?
The Pediatrician has instructed me to now only feed the baby for 10 minutes on each breast, and then offer formula. I’m afraid that once I start supplementing, I will never be able, or allowed by the doctor, to stop.
I’m so discouraged and disheartened! I feel like I have been starving my baby for the past few weeks. Can anyone offer any advice?