Alison - posted on 10/30/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )
I have a 5 month old that I want to continue breastfeeding, but he is not gaining enough weight on just my milk. He is not even on the chart for weight, and still well below the 10th percentile for corrected age - he was about a month early. He seems to be getting enough milk and is full/happy/satisfied when he finishes nursing, but he still nurses every 2 to 3 hours and has one 4 hour stretch (at the longest) at night, but every 2 or so hours other than that. We are going to see where he is at next doctors appt and look to starting to supplement with formula, but I am worried that once he starts getting formula regularly my milk will start to go quite quickly, as has happened with my other 2. I am not able to pump much milk at all, I have always had enough for my kids, but not an abundance. I am wondering if you can give me any advice on supplementing successfully. I would rather not wean at this point, and will wean very gradually if needed, but if I could supplement him some extra calories without weaning, that would be better. I have also thought about trying to pump more, but, as said above, I cannot pump a lot and I can't pump all the time due to other children, and their busy schedules. Thanks.