Hang in there ladies you're doing great!
With my first bub he was borderline 10% weight loss upon discharge...but in hindsight: he never settled unless he was feeding, would scream constantly. mws just said he wanted to suck and gave a dummy.
we were home less than 2 days. he continued losing weight and was very unsettled, he vomited up mecronium and we were rushed back and readmitted to hospital. long story short he didn't get enough fluids in to passit through so his body ejected it however it knew. he also had urate crystals .
we started feeding, topping with ebm//formula, pumping every 3 hrs..day and night. i was on motillium iron fenugreek eating lactaction cookies and drinking heaps.
he refused to latch from 4.5mnths but i continued pumping 3hrly till 6 months.
at 6 months i was diagnosed with hypothyroidisim (have you had your thyroid checked,?? It will mess up your supply if its not right)and a few other things. one medication was not suitable for bfing so i stopped. Even with 3hrly pumping i was lucky to get a total 110mls in 24hrs!
With my second bub...i was more aware.as soonas his eyes opened/he made a sound...i fed him. we fed soo. much in hospital even the mws were like "wow you're giving it everything ".. but i noticed similar things.... 18hrs with a dry nappy, unsettled, dry lips, urate crystals ...his jaundice was getting worse... i hasd seen an IBCLC while pregnant and id expressed colostrum which he was given. Much to my disappointment i even requested 2x 30ml formula topups. he had lost a visible amount of weight in photos. ...at our weigh in ...he was borderline like i thought. we started mix feeding in hospital and are still going almost 9.5months later!
I tried everything again this time but it still didn't help.
In the first month i offered a feed everytime he woke/made noises/lip smacked etc. i gave formula every 2.5-4hrly as needed and pumped after bottles....
after the first month i dropped to pumping only morning and night after the first and last feed i was awake for the day for.
Now, i still pump morning and night, i offer a bf upon waking for the morning, before lunch, before dinner, in the evening and before bed. he also feeds for comfort, and to go to sleep, and he has recently started requesting a quick snack!