I'm interested in getting an opinion on how things are going for us...
I have an 8 wk old ds. He was born 7lb 2oz, dropped to 6lb 11oz, and was back to 7lb 5oz by 2wks. Things started going awry at 4wks with a bout of mastitis complete with 104 degree fever and antibiotic treatment. Before I even finished the meds, we went for thanksgiving at my folks. My father is a lover of SAGE in his turkey dressing (I mean a WHOLE 2oz jar in one recipe) and not remembering that sage is renowned for drying up your milk, I enjoyed the dressing two days running.
Well, I'm sure this lowered my milk supply, because by the tuesday after thanksgiving, his wet diaper output dropped to 4-5/day. He also hadn't had a bm in 2wks, but wasn't uncomfortable. He had previously been alert when awake, but was now lethargic. We only have a bathroom scale accurate to the half lb, but I was getting only 7.5lb at 5.5wk! He had always been a pretty constant nurser - maybe a half hour break between sessions - but he took two good naps/day and slept a 4hr stretch at night, so I was all right with that.
Thursday, I called the LLL leader in my area. She told me to take a nursing vacation - no chores, no cooking, just me, ds, water, fenugreek, and constant nursing. Within 36hrs, diaper output was back to normal (~10/day wet) and we had a bm after 17 days. He did a 180 imo, and came back to himself and better. By the following Thursday, at our midwife, he weighed 8lb 2oz. Scrawny, but I knew by my scales he had grown and had improved.
The midwife freaked, even when i explained what had happened. She said, "If you had brought him in last week, I would have sent you to the hospital. you MUST supplement with formula." I cried and cried, but got a quart of formula and started offering a bottlefed 2oz formula after each feed. In the first 24hrs, he took in 9.5oz formula, but spit up half of it and spent the day zonked. The next 24hrs, he only took 5oz, and still spit up half. the third day, he had figured out how to stop the flow of the bottle, so only took 1oz formula.
Two things happened almost simultaneously this last Saturday: what had previously had been a very weak suck with very little swallowing (probably from low supply and lack of energy for his part) suddenly became strong and capable, and secondly, he started licking the breast later in the day. I freaked and called LLL again. She was pretty po'd with my midwife for not seeing the positive swing my lo had had the previous week and insisting on formula. She told me, not only could my supply be in jeopardy again, but the licking meant possible nipple confusion and to get him off the bottle immediately.
I took him off the bottle and went back to the nipple - for good measure, I was also taking milk thistle and hops in addition to the fenugreek. I'd been pumping while giving formula, worried for a supply drop, but stopped and just put him to the breast again. We've been almost constantly at the breast since then, except for he's back in his "schedule" of two naps and a long stretch at night.
He seems so happy, smiling and active during his wake times. But, the midwife was so adament that I supplement and insists that I come back every week for a weight check to monitor his gain. I'm ok with the weight checks...(tho she wants 8oz/wk and I'm concerned we might not get that), but I'm freaked that when I say we stopped the supplement because he refused it and nipple confusion, she'll insist we go to the hospital.
Any thoughts? I don't want to supplement, don't think we need to, but am scared of my midwife's call in this situation. I think we're recovering...