Hey everyone! I'm new to this board and looking for some help! I'm so worried for my little guy...I took him to the doctor yesterday cause he's sick right now and when they weighed him the nurse commented he hadn't gained any weight since his last visit....then when the Dr. came in to check him out he said he hadn't gained any weight in 3mos.! Sure enough I went back and checked and he's been 16lbs. 13oz. for almost 3 months now.
He gained a ton of weight at first...he weighed 8lbs 8oz. at birth, at his 3 day checkup with the midwives he had actually gained 3 oz., so I dont know if he ever lost any weight after birth like babies normally do. He continued in that pattern of gaining weight quickly until, obviously, around 5.5 months old. He's now 8.5 months old and is definitely a lean little guy, but he's been growing height-wise and is now 27 in. tall (was 20 inc. at birth).
What irritated me yesterday is of course the doctor made a comment about me still BFing and needing to supplement with formula. I started him on solids already and he eats really well, he also nurses at least 5 times a day still.
I refuse to resort to formula....I nursed my older son until he was 3.5 years old and I intend to give my second son the same for as long as he wants. He's always been a "fussy" baby and is easily distractable...so nursing him is never easy. He never stays on longer than 5-10 minutes tops. He clearly prefers the left breast, and I've been suspecting very low milk supply in my right breast for several months now, although I still offer it to him and he'll nurse for a little bit on it. He does sleep 10-12 hours a night in a separate room...we co-slept until he was 6 months old at which point he started crawling and repeatedly falling off the bed so we felt it was safer to move him to a crib. I'd be willing to change up sleeping arrangements if that long stretch of not nursing is what's causing the slow weight gain though!
Anyway...I'm blabbing a lot...but does anyone have any advice on how to help him gain weight? Do you think I have milk supply issues? If so...what should I do about it? Just don't want to be starving my little guy