So I've been fighting an uphill battle with breastfeeding with this little guy. On the surface everything looks fantastic, the latch is solid, no pain, lots of milk (I can even pump upto 3oz after a feed!) He's gulping and swallowing for the full 20 min feeding, and he's not lethargic or fussy, in fact he's one heck of a happy little guy!
He was born at 7lbs 15.5oz, and at his weigh at one week he had dropped to 7lbs 3oz which is the standard 10% loss high but livable. (I know for a fact my milk was late to come in) Then at his two week checkup he had only gained 2 oz!!! (about 9days after the first weigh so a bit over a week)
Immediately they thought it was my milk supply as I had issues with previous attempts at breastfeeding with my girls. So I was on Domperidone by that afternoon and upped my calorie intake, water, ate oatmeal, drank a Guinness, and made those breastfeeding cookies! Suffice it to say I did EVERYTHING anyone ever mentioned would increase milk supply. Add to that, the SNS supplementation with the feeding tube while breastfeeding... and all that we accomplished was that he puked if I tried to feed him any more than what he was getting naturally!
Four days go by and today we went into the clinic to be weighed again... and he hasn't gained an ounce... NOT ONE OUNCE!!!! I'm heartbroken... they again watched me feed him and are as stumped as I am, he is CLEARLY getting more than enough milk, his output is high (12 wet and 2 poops yesterday alone) but he's not gaining at all!
So here is where we're at... they want me to exclusively formula feed him for two days, while pumping during his feeding times. Then they're going to come by and weigh him again to see if he's put on weight... if he has then the problem is my milk (and I'm an epic failure) If he hasn't, than there is some underlying issue and we have to go to ped's for a referral.
I'm afraid that if I formula feed him for the two days even if he gains there is no going back, pumping will NOT keep my supply strong enough to continue (even with the drugs) and he may just decide bottles are that much nicer so forget all that work at the breast. He's only two weeks old and already I've screwed everything up, I'm in tears and have no idea what to do!!!
Total side note, he's also grown length-wise in leaps and bounds having been born at 20 inches and now almost 24!!! Am I wrong in thinking that his weight would be fine if he wasn't growing like a weed???