My LO was born weighting 7 lbs 4 oz, at her at 4 days old she was 6 lbs 8 oz and the doc wanted us to supplement 1 oz of formula after each feeding and get her weight checked the next day. She gained an amazing 3 oz (6 lbs 11 oz) over night and we were told to just give her 1-2 oz of formula once a day until her next appointment. At her two week appointment she was down to 6 lbs 7 oz. so the doc wanted me to go back to supplementing 1 oz after each feeding every 2-2 1/2 hours per day and one 3-4 hour stretch at night.
The doc thinks her weight loss has come from her being a very sleepy baby and the fact that I really have to work to get her to stay awake during feedings. I usually can get her to stay awake for 5-10 min per breast but it is definitly a struggle especially at night. Doctor feels that she might just not be sucking long enough to get the extra few calories per feeding and that pumping after each feeding should send signals to my body to produce enough milk and hopefully cut out the supplements.
Has anyone else had similar situation?
My question is if I can't get her to stay awake for nursing now, what will it matter if I am producing more milk? When will this little girl be more awake and alert to eat? Should I maybe try exclusivly pumping, it seems like she stays awake long enough to finish a bottle .
Thanks for the help, just feeling a little overwhelmed and frustrated. Hope my little girl gains weight fast!