I have been bf for a little over two months now and am discouraged to say at my lo last doctors appointment, last week, my pediatrician told me he had not gained as much weight as he was suppose to.. She then proceeded to suggest I supplement with an ounce of formula after I breast feed. Needless to say it hit me hard, I put a lot of work into getting my supply and keeping it up so I could nurse my little man. We attempted to do what she asked but he wont take a bottle... He hates the taste of the formula and I don't want to give it to him because he has a casein allergy which is the 3rd ingredient in a formula that claims to be for infants with dairy allergies that the pediatrician gave me... but thats not my biggest concern.
I do pump about 3-4 times a day so I have a good amount of frozen breast milk for any occasion. Just two weeks ago I left him with my mother and he sucked down the 5 ounces I left for him, but last week he refused to take a bottle from her when i went to an appointment... He is thirteen weeks old, and this last week I have tried everything to get him to take a bottle so my mom can care for him when I need to get things done, or spend time trying to find work.. Last night I realized that the nipples on the bottles I was using were 0-3 months, so I changed them to the 3-6 month nipples hoping it would help, much to my surprise it did. However, he didn't even finish 2 1/2 ounces before getting very frustrated and refusing to take any more... Help, any suggestions??
His pediatrician says he should be eating 4-5 ounces at every feeding and sleeping 3-4 hours, this is not happening at least not the 3-4 hours of sleep. I can't gauge how much he is eating when I breast feed, but after 10 minutes on each side he is full and usually sleepy, I'm lucky if I can even get him to nurse a full 10 min on each side.. Any suggestions as to what I should do?
I can't get him to eat a full 4 ounces from a bottle and I can't get him to sleep 3 hours through the night, he is literally up every 2 hours and its now making it impossible for him to sleep in his own crib.. If I don't have him in bed with me then I don't sleep at all. This whole sleeping with me thing is great but I'm worried he wont learn to self sooth and put himself to sleep when I do move him to his crib..
I'm so frustrated, I don't feel like his pediatrician is right to push formula on him that he wont take, when he wont even take a full 4 ounces from a bottle that has my breast milk in it.. I'm so tired from complete lack of sleep, and I just feel lost. Any help would be much appreciated!