How much should a breastfed baby drink? I keep reading information about how babies typically drink 2.5 times their weight in ounces but how true is this for breastfed babies?
My daughter has been slowly dropping on the growth curve (began with 25th percentile for weight and now is around 5th to 10th percentile) and I began suspecting that she wasn't taking enough. So I began weighing her before and after her nursing sessions (we have a reliable baby scale) and for the last 2 months, she has consistently taken in only 15 to 18 ounces a day. I've tried nursing her more often but she refuses the breast unless she is REALLY hungry, which is about every 4 to 5 hours but will only take in about 2 to 3 ounces at most before she stops and will not continue.
I wouldn't be worried otherwise but she's gaining less and less every month (12 pounds 6 ounces at 5 months), still has trouble keeping her head up steady for more than a few minutes and she gets sleepy after being awake only about half an hour to an hour. I'm worried that she's not getting enough hydration and nutrients such as iron with the low amount of milk she's taking in and it's affecting her energy and development.
Everyday I wake up thinking it will be better today but it never is and I end my day about to have a breakdown.
I really need some guidance and advice on this matter. I've been getting help from a lactation consultant but her advice has not helped at all so far.
Am I being overly worried for nothing? Please advise.