My 3 week old hasn't gained weight in a week. UGH!!
He was 11lbs 10oz last Tuesday and today we went to the doctors to get another weight check. He hasn't gained any ,just maintaining. The doctor told me ,i need to supplement with breastmilk in a bottle. If that doesnt work ,then i need to go to formula. She told me my baby is thriving . I asked her how much is milk he is suppose to get per feeding and she said , 3oz. I'm having a difficult time pumping a half ounce out of each breast , i dont think i will get 3oz! I feel like a failure. She also told me , maybe my milk isn't rich enough because he is only maintaining weight not gaining an ounce a day like he should.
I don't get it , i feed on demand and however long he likes. The doctor told me to feed him 15 minutes on each breast , longer than that he is just "having fun". I thought breastfeeding was a supply and demand process?
I'm feeling like a failure , i do not want my son to thrive but i also don't want him to have formula.
Also, she said babies start to level out at 6 months with their weight. If i'm correct , she said an ounce a day until 6 months . My baby will suppose to weigh 23 lbs @ 6 months then . Thats the size of a 1 yr old!
He was a big boy at birth , 12lbs 10oz. I'm thinking thats why he is not gaining so much weight right now. I feel he is perfect but now i'm worried.