Saturday, November 26, 2011

6 weeks and weighing in at....

we went to see the doctor today - a different doctor than we have been seeing to get a breastfeeding consultation. since having to supplement with formula it has been an uphill battle trying to keep hugo breastfeeding.
i have to say that i love the doctor that we saw today. she is going above and beyond to help us.
she was on call at the hospital when hugo was born and she was amazing then as well.

i had to start supplementing with formula 2 weeks ago because he started losing weight when he should have been gaining. after getting back up to his birth weight of 5lbs 5oz by 2 weeks he continued gaining week 3 but by week 4 he was back down to 5 lbs 2oz.
not good.

once i started supplementing he went on a total nursing strike and wanted nothing but the bottle.

i am apparently more stubborn than he is and managed to get him back nursing a bit, but he still will only nurse for about 5 minutes at a time before screaming like a banshee and refusing to nurse.
i refuse to let him win this.

last week he gained over a pound and weighed in at 6 lbs and 3 oz.
today on his 6 week weigh in he is sitting at 7 lbs 4 oz. so again just over a pound in a week. he's going through a crazy growth spurt it seems.

after over an hour with the doctor today trying different things - rather unsuccessfully i may add - he proved to be almost as stubborn as me. i am waiting to hear back from the doctor to find out where i can get my next secret weapon... i refuse to quit and i am not going to let him win this battle.
i am a sore loser and this is something that i refuse to quit so next i will be trying a supplemental feeding system.
i am optimistic that this will help.

interesting little contraption. it may seem like a lot of work but i'm hoping that even though it seems a bit crazy now that it will work and in the long run and help to end up exclusively breast feed in the near future.

fingers crossed!

ok and one more picture just because i can't help myself!


dfost said...

Good for you for not giving up... it's totally tough. Have you tried a nipple shield?? The ONLY way Hadley would ever nurse was with a nipple shield. I didn't have any issues with my nipples but because she was used to the bottle I think it helped her. Let me know if you'd like any more suggestions :)

The Tompkins Family said...

He is stubborn but I have no doubt that you're more stubborn! :)

He is SO sweet.