I just had a sort of afternoon yesterday. Took DS 6 months to the ped. DS was a preemie (adjusted age is really 4 months) and in the two months since his last appointment, he gained less than 2 pounds. It didn't really surprise me but I was disappointed. This is for a 4 month old. Even on the WHO charts he's 2 SDs from the norm.
We started putting DS in his own room just over a month ago and the number of night feeds dropped dramatically. I think I had been waking up at every little peep and feeding him, and suddenly I was only responding when he got really loud. So the ped has suggested I throw in an extra night feeding. Luckily my ped believes he should continue to be EBF.
On top of that, DS is anemic. My family is VERY fair so I didn't think much of his light skin, but the ped ran a blood test and yep, he needs iron supplements. It's due to his prematurity -- he was born at 30 weeks and didn't have enough time in utero to absorb most of the iron he should have had at birth. Up till now his iron count was fine. I saw DS was getting very fair but I figured he was just losing some of that red splotchiness that all new babies have.
I worked really hard to be able to BF and I'm feeling a little like I let my little guy down. Everyone else has watched DS grow from under 4 pounds to over 13 now and they're amazed, and I understand why, but I just don't feel like I've done enough. Is this just me feeling sorry for myself? Or does anyone have ideas for me on how to help get more food into him?