I have 5 daughters. The first 4 were all 7lbs 5ouces+ at birth and then stayed 50% or more for length and 15%-25% for weight for their first several years. This new baby was 6lbs 11 oz when born and became so Jaundiced(21.5 biliruben) that she had to be rehospitalized. At admittance, the nurses insisted I wasn't feeding her enough in spite of the fact I was hugely engorged and had me pump. They threatened that she would need formula if I didn't get her to eat more. I told them it wasn't going to happen and they called my Dr to complain about me. They were shocked I could pump 7 ounces after nursing her. Dr arrived and told me not to pump, that she didn't need formula so that was that. Well, baby was weighed obsessively for the 2 days she was in the hospital. I was sent home with a light blanket and visiting nurses to come take blood everyday and weigh the baby. For 1 week until I refused the nurses visits, I had to write down every time I nursed the baby and how long down to the minute and which side. I had to record her wet/dirty diapers and when the nurses showed up they would quiz me on the information and tell me she wasn't gaining enough weight and that I wasn't feeding her enough. I was making me really tense, having people coming to my house telling me I was failing at nursing when I had nursed my other 4 kids successfully. Well, after stopping the nurses visits to save my sanity, I took her to the family Dr for her 2 week check up. She weighed 6 pounds 13 ounces. They were terribly concerned and said I would have to bring her back every week until she started gaining weight better. I had thought getting back to a bit more than her birth weight by 2 weeks was OK.
At this point fate intervened and my insurance company mistakenly assigned me the wrong Dr and I was unable to go back for the weight checks. I continued to weight her at home on my kitchen scale because by this time my confidence had been totally undermined. I still neurotically count how many feedings in 24 hours. Here are her numbers:
Birth 6lbs 11oz
2 weeks 6lbs 13oz
3 weeks 7lbs 1 oz
4 weeks 7lbs 5 oz
5 weeks 8lbs 1 oz
She eats 6-7 times a day for 15-20 minutes and dirties 8-10 diapers a day.
So why do they tell me it isn't good enough? She isn't a baby with rolls of fat, but none of my kids have been, but she has chubby cheeks and thighs. DH keeps telling me not to worry she is doing fine but I feel so defensive about her growth. She will be 6 weeks old this week and I should be making an appointment to get her first vaccinations but I am reluctant to hear that she is too thin again. Any advice?