This is against the advice of your mchn... but when my dd had difficulty gaining weight early on... the first 4 weeks. ..the pediatrician told me to just 'give her the boob as much as possible'...Not a strict routine.
Hello My baby lost more than 12 % of her birth weight in hospital and I felt enormous pressure to get the weight on (both from myself and the professionals). I demand feed which really was feeding all the time. Probably every 1.5-2 hours at the beginning, once my milk came in. Pumping helped greatly. I topped her up with tiny amounts and built this amount up over time. Good luck!!!!!!!!
My suggestion..... jump into bed for the weekend with her, lots and lots of skin to skin, boobs out (yes, it's Winter I know, do you have a good heater?) and just sleep and feed, sleep and feed, sleep and feed
Just wanted to give you a big hug! I am new to breastfeeding too and it feels terrible when they say they have lost too much weight. My bub put it on really quickly once we had latch sorted and with demand feeding. Skin to skin also helps. Good luck and you are definitely being a very good mummy doing all of those things.
When my DD was a newborn I followed the advice I read on bubhub about not feeding formula, but once I started giving her top ups and seeing the change in her I felt like I'd been denying her proper feeds just because I personally wanted to breastfeed. I think in hindsight DD wasn't getting much milk at all from me, and she would have much preferred to get any milk (eg formula) over none at all.
That's just my story I thought I should share. Do what your MCHN advises - she's seen your baby. None of us on bubhub have.
Hang in there! I know lots of bubs who needed formula top ups then went on to breastfeed exclusively. And if you can't BF don't be hard on yourself. FF is pretty much just as good!
This sounds exactly like me... Sometimes bubs take that little bit longer to regain their birth weight.. If your bub is happy & settled, I wouldn't worry too much about what's written on the scales.
My son took longer to regain his birth weight & I had my midwife stressing me out, making me feel like I had low supply, probably everything you are feeling... I was so tense and stressed I was flat out expressing 10 ml. My advice: feed bub as much as they want, when they want.. Ignore the scales.. If your bub is settled, happy & looks healthy... It probably is
Turns out he has silent reflux and formula would have done absolutely nothing, except maybe fatten him up and hide the underlying issue for longer causing more damage.
This is not to say some MCHN advice isn't helpful, but you need to be very careful as not all is.
But yes if you decide bfing isn't working for you and/or dd then formula is an option and I don't believe it is the evil some make it out to be.
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