So today was my son's two week check up and we just don't know what to do about some of the advice we were given. First of all, he was born 6lbs 6oz and 19inches. At his first appointment at four days old he dropped to 5lbs 15oz. The ped said he should be back up to his birth weight by his two week appointment, which he almost was. He weighed in at 6lbs 5oz and 20 inches long today.
I was so happy, then the ped dropped dropped a bombshell on me by saying "ok well we are definitely going to start supplementing(with formula)." I asked why and reminded him he IS back up to his birth weight. He said well he is an oz off, and has no fat deposits on his feet or cheeks. He then said he was scrawny, he actually used the word scrawny! He explained that my milk production might not be up to par, or my son might not be putting out the effort to suck the milk. He said we need to offer him 2oz of formula after every feeding. I asked if i was to pump (more than i am now) between feedings could i supplement him with that? He said yes of course but also do the formula.
We really do not want to start formula, especially so soon...shouldn't we try to get my supply up first? Or supplement with my milk that i pump between feedings? I am so upset, it's like "ok you failed so give up and go to formula" i feel like i'm failing as a parent.