My daughter is 12 days old and not gaining enough weight to satisfy her Pediatrician. She was 9 lbs when born. 8 lbs 14 oz when we left the hospital. On her first visit to the Doctor she dropped down to 7 lbs 14 oz. It took her awhile to figure out how to latch on. Feedings seem to be going fine now. My milk production is more than adequate. On her second visit to the Doctor she was at 8 lbs. I brought her in three days later for another weight check and she was still at 8 lbs. The Doctor is really pressuring me to supplement with formula because she hasn't gained the 1/2 ounce per day that he wants. I nurse for 40 minutes every 2 to 3 hours. After nursing, she seems more than content. If I offer her a bottle of formula or breastmilk after nursing, she will take an ounce. But, if I don't offer her the bottle, she's fine also. Plenty of wet and messy diapers. She's not lathargic, not dehydrated. Doctor says she looks fine in person. But, on paper he's concerned because she isn't gaining.
He says my breastmilk my not contain enough calories. I've never heard of this before. What are the chances that my milk isn't nutrionally rich enough to nourish her?
I think it's too early to start relying on formula. I nursed my son for 9 months, so it's not like I haven't done this before. I'm feeling incredibly pressured to supplement and don't know if I should be alarmed that her weight gain isn't what it should be. My mother and mother-in-law both say that breastfed babies don't pack on the weight the same way that formula fed babies do.
Any thoughts or suggestions would be helpful.