My son is 6 weeks old and I was EBF him without supplements until last Friday. Every doctor visit (one per week) he was gaining 1 oz. per day perfectly. Then we went in two Friday's ago and he only gained less than half of what he should have gained. The doctor told me I had to supplement with formula. I asked if I could use the breast milk I pumped in between feedings as a supplement instead and he said no because it doesn't have enough nutrition to make him grow and I HAVE to give him formula.
I was crushed. He told me to nurse him on both sides then offer him formula and give him as much as he wants. We went back 5 days later and he gained 11oz. Which seemed like a lot unless he just had a growth spurt.
I asked if I could just BF now and he said no I have to continue with the formula until he is confident my milk is nutritious enough. The thing is I don't want to give him any formula at all. He is spitting up more with it and he already has acid reflux and is on zantac. Also, it seemed to give him diarreah. My son falls alseep at the breast and it is a big pain in the butt to wake him up for a bottle afterwards. Most of the time he doesn't even want it.
I was to go back in 5 days for another weight check which was today. Well I only BF and didn't do the formula becuase I felt it was messing his little body up and he only gained 2oz in 5 days.
I was wondering in terms of weight if you need to look at it as a whole? I wanted to post what he has gained so far to see if it seems alright.
He was born on September 10th at 7lbs 6oz. He left the hospital on the 12th at 6lbs 12oz. now 6 weeks later on October 23rd, he weighs 8lbs 13 oz.
Thanks in advance for any help!!