Hi - I am new here! I successfully nursed my 3 boys, all past 18 months. My youngest son was breastfed until he was 26 months old and I never had any problems.
I now have a 4 week old baby girl and we are having problems with weight gain. She had jaundice and had to stay in the hospital under the lights until she was 5 days old. During that time I pumped milk, but she also was fed formula (the doctors wanted her to drink from bottles only so they could monitor her intake due to the jaundice).
Despite that, she had no problems breastfeeding when she came home. They checked her weight gain a week later and she had not gained quite as much as they liked so I had to go back the following week. THAT week, she gained an ounce a day, which was what we were looking for but I had to go back one more time. This week when I went in, I was shocked to see that she had only gained an ounce in the last 6 days.
She is not fussing like she is hungry, I am definitely producing enough milk (I think!). The problem seems to be that during some feedings, she nurses for about 5-10 minutes and then falls asleep and NOTHING wakes her up enough to eat again. I strip her, tickle her, rub her cheeks, poke at her feet, etc. and she will open her eyes and put her mouth on the nipple and take a suck or two and then fall asleep again while the milk dribbles down her face.
I am having a hard time being too concerned because she is a big, chubby baby (she is 9 pounds 11 oz right now - she left the hospital at 8'14) and seems alert at other times, is doing everything she should be - wetting the right amount of diapers, pooping at least 3-4 times a day (usually more). But I need to get her to start gaining!!
The doctors have suggested supplementing her with formula, but I don't think that is going to do very much good - they say to give her a bottle after she breastfeeds, but she won't even wake up for the breast, I KNOW she won't like waking up for the bottle (which she is not very fond of at this point).
Any tips for keeping her awake through her feedings?? Any ideas of what could be going wrong here? Thank you!!!