I'm worried about my friend's baby. She has 3 children and has successfully breastfed the first 2 for a year and she is currently bf her 4 month old. The problem is the baby was 7 lbs at birth and now is only 11 1/2 lbs. It seems like she is not gaining enough. I don't want to say anything since she has no worries and thinks she is doing just fine.
My situation: I have 2 boys and the first was a real challenge to bf. We were going to a local bf support group at my hospital almost weekly where I would weigh him regularly. There were weeks when he wouldn't gain any weight and out of concern I supplemented with formula and eventually weaned him early at 4 1/2 months. My second baby has been very easy to nurse from day 1. However, I've always felt I don't store much milk and he nursed very often (every 1 1/2 hours) until he was on 3 meals of solids a day. He's currently 9 months and weighs 21 lbs.
My friend swears she has an oversupply. She works part-time and pumps usuallly 6 ounces each time (not sure how often she pumps). I can never get more than 3-4 ounces, even after going 3 hours. She also has the baby on an every 3 hour schedule. My thinking is that my son is so big because he nurses often and gets a lot of hind milk since I don't store a lot of foremilk. I believe the opposite is true of my friend. I think this tiny baby is getting mostly foremilk and that is the reason for her slow weight gain. If she just nursed on one side, would this help? Not sure it is my place to say anything, but it seems like her pedi might.