breastfeeding moms of small babies--how not to worry?
DD is EBF. She is 2 months old and has always been a small baby. She was 6 lb. 1.5 oz. at birth (I was 4 days overdue even, and I'm 100% sure my dates were right). She was up to 6 lb. 9 oz. at her 2 week appt. At her 2 month appt., she was 23" (56th percentile) and 8 lb. 14.5 oz. (3rd percentile). Still, the doc didn't seem overly concerned, said DD had always been on the small side and had gained appropriately since her 2 week checkup and has met all her developmental milestones. The pediatrician did not suggest I supplement.
Still, it's hard as a mother not to be questioning myself. When I breastfeed DD, she seems content afterwards, but I worry I'm not giving her enough to eat. When we offer her bottles of EBM (usually 3-4 oz.), sometimes she finishes them, sometimes not, depending on how hungry she is at the time, it seems like.
I know it's likely DD is just destined to be small. I'm on the small side (5'4" & 118 lb.) and DH while 6'4" was extremely thin up to a few years ago (he maybe weighed all of 165 lb. and only lately has gotten his weight up closer to where it should be for his height).
How do you not worry about having a small child? People see my baby and say maybe I should be giving her formula or rice cereal to get her weight up, but I'm thinking maybe DD is just petite. She seems like a happy enough baby and only gets fussy when she's wet, hungry, or gassy. When she eats and I pump, I don't get much afterwards (sometimes not even half an ounce to an ounce), but when she's not eating as much (today for example, she's been sleeping a lot after having vaccines yesterday), and then I pump in place of a feed, I get about 4 oz., so I guess I should assume she's eating plenty.
Any ideas on what to tell people pushing me to supplement? It starts to make me feel I'm failing as a mother .
Mommy to Tessa Noelle 12/14/07