Baby A is a beautiful due date baby, born weighing 6 pounds 9 ounces, and 19.5 inches long.
Day 1and day 2 she passed ALOT of meconium- 4 full diapers worth. She latched on immediately and was a big eater of colostrum while waiting for my milk to come in. By end of day 3 my milk came in. She became a "sleepy eater", especially during the morning hours. I was feeding her every 2-3 hours, but would have to wake her up and keep her awake while feeding. By afternoon and evening she picks up steam and eats almost constantly, and wakes up to eat and be changed 3-4 times in the middle of the night.
At day 6 we went to the pediatrician. Her weight went down to 5 pounds, 12 ounces! Dr. wasn't really concerned- baby was eating throughout the exam, had a good latch and good focus. As long as she had 6-8 wet diapers and at least 3-4 poopy diapers, Dr. said her intake was fine. Dr. set target weight gain of 1/2 ounce to 1 ounce a day.
Baby has at least that many wet diapers- some days more and usually makes more poo.
By Day 11 the midwife weighed her and she had only gained 2 ounces!
She is otherwise healthy. Good color, alert, not dehydrated, not spitting up, not too fussy.
Midwife said to pump and add 1 to 2 ounces pumped milk to each feeding. I have a Medela Pump in Style, but I have had a hard time getting 10-20 ounces a day. The best I can get is a little less than 6 ounces. It's been only 2 days, but I'm freaking out.
I'm pumping and breastfeeding constantly, my nipples are SORE and I'm still not getting the milk pumped. What's upsetting is that Baby can drain my breast even when I can't get any more from the pump. She eats until she falls off the nipple (anywhere from 15-30 minutes) and has a trickle of milk running down her chin.
I started fenugreek today and am happy to get a hospital grade pump. What I DO NOT want to do is supplement with formula.
Anything I can do to help me produce the extra and get this baby to gain weight?
Thanks for any suggestion....