Maritza - posted on 11/05/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )
just gave birth on 10/23 to a wonderful little boy. He came into the world weighing 7.13 lbs. The Friday of that week we went to the doctor and he weighed 7.3 lbs which the doctor said was normal. The goal was for him to gain his birth weight by the friday of next week. I have been determined to breastfeed as soon s I found out I was pregnant. I'll be honest, breastfeeding has been difficult from the onset. It was painful and took over an hour for my boy to finish. My husband and I decided to meet a lactation consultant and that helped a ton. Come Friday I'm back in the Doctors office and my son only gained 2 ounces. Even though my son looked healthy the Doctor made a big deal about not gaining weight and strongly suggested we moved to formula or at least mixed. My husband and I freak meet with he lactation consultant one more time. She suggested we rent a breast pump and supplement with finger feeding. For the next few days we were very diligent and feed him every 2 hours. He was far more alert and had many more wet and dirty diapers. The doctor wanted to see us today and we were floored that his lost weight from 7.5 to 7.2. Once again the doctor strongly urged that we stop breast feeding and go strictly to formula. He believed that our baby was expending too much calories just trying to feed. We're both confused and don't know how to proceed. At the minimum the doctor advised us to strictly use bottle to increase flow and once again mix some formula into each feeding.
Anyone have any advice? We are both at a lost.