Sophia was 8.1 when born. Left the hospital at 7.6. Weight check 2 days later 7.8 and then today was only 7.5
Dr said it is concerning. I have been pumping and bottle feeding because she screams when I try to get her to latch. She eats about 2 to 3 oz at a feeding every 2 to 3 hours. She does only wake once at night to feed though. What am I doing wrong? Dr wants her ofd the bottle andon the bbreast which I want too. But since she is losing weight it doesnt aound like now is a time ro not measure her intake. Also I cant sit in bed and feed for 24 hours as I have 3 other children
I personally wake my babies every 2 hours during the day and every 3 hours at night until they are back at birth weight or above.
I agree with your dr. Stop the bottles now and save yourself some headache. Put her on breast until she pops off and offer side B until she pops off and repeat. Pretty much expect for the first 3ish weeks or so to keep baby in the breast.
Kellymom.com has an excellent article on getting baby back to breast. Your only job right now is the care and feeding of children. Disposable dishes/utensils will be the norm for a few days. How old is your eldest? What about Dad? You will have to spend the bulk of your time with your youngest at the breast. Watch the diaper count-you want at least six per day, with a couple of quarter sized poops. Watch for early nursing cues--waving head around, rooting. One of the other moms may post the chart that shows all of them . Get in touch with an LC, an IBCLC if you can, about a supplemental nursing system. Has baby been checked for a lip or tongue tie?
Until she gains back to birth weight you need to wake her to nurse. And bottle feeding does not tell you her intake.... she spits up doesn't she? Does some dribble down her chin when she's eating? Her diapers tell you her intake.... which can perfectly be measured while nursing.
Honestly, the first 3 weeks after birth SHOULD be spent with you lounging in bed or on the couch with baby getting as much skin to skin contact as possible. Get snacks and lunches ready for the bigger ones, turn on movies, keep a good supply of coloring books.
I think that there isn't really anything wrong, but the pumping and bottlefeeding already is setting you up for major breastfeeding issues down the road. Focusing on fixing her latch, feeding her at the breast at LEAST every 2 hours, and counting diapers.