I am a first time mother to a 13 week old little boy. It had always been my intention to breastfeed, I just knew automatically that that was what I would do. Having been breastfeed myself until the age of two, it only seemed natural that that was what I would do for my child as well. Also being a very health conscious person, eating organic as much as possible, fruits, veggies, whole grains...of course I would be concerned about giving my baby the best food possible as well, even more so! However, I was unprepared for the difficult start to breastfeeding that I encountered. It was unfortunate, because if I had just had more information, I could've saved myself so much stress, strain, and heartache. (I kick myself for it too because I usually research topics of interest all the time but for some reason it never dawned on me that breastfeeding was something I should know more about, I just thought it would all come naturally, didn't realize that it can be so difficult some times)...Now it doesn't help that I'm a worrier by nature. Not being able to directly see what my baby was getting made me uneasy at a time when confidence is so necessary. (To avoid rambling on and on I'm going to cut this shorter) Long story short, I ended up supplementing a couple oz's a day of formula early on before I knew any better. I have phased that out. I nursed more frequently, he got better at it, I got better at it. I pumped to increase my milk in case my supply had suffered due to earlier supplementation. At his 2 week visit, he was up to 8'9 oz, (birth weight 7lbs. 15 oz., leaving hospital weight 7 lbs. 6 oz.)...At his eight week appt. he was 11 lbs. 12 oz....Now approximately a week before his eight week appt. I had phased out those couple of oz.'s of formula a day. He has not had any since. I bought a scale (cuz I figured that if it would help to put my mind at ease then it was a smart thing to do), so I've been keeping track of his weight and I am a little concerned. At his first two appt.'s he was in the 50th percentile. At 13 weeks he is about 13 lbs. 5 oz. Do I have reason to be concerned? Is it possible that he was just being overfed before back when I was adding in those couple oz's of formula?
Basically, I am in need of a bit of a support team. I love my little boy so much. I hope that he doesn't sense this worry within me. I try my best to make sure that he is happy always.
My sister in law had a baby 7 weeks before my little boy was born. She breastfed for 8 weeks and then switched over to formula. Her little girl is huge. I think that might add to my concern a bit that she is so much bigger than he is, but then again, I do know that formula fed babies tend to gain quicker than breastfed babies, or at least in some cases.
I know that a lot of my worry is probably ridiculous, but being a worrying person before being a first time mother, this was only to be expected.
I think I'll be fine with just a little encouragement. I am lacking much of a support system in my day to day life. But of course, the best support that I have had so far, the greatest source for inspiration, is that angel of a little boy that has come into my life and made this an even more wonderful place to be!