Last week, Clara had her four-month check-up with the pediatrician. A few days before the appointment, we had the suspicion that she hadn't been gaining very much weight. So, I started to pump every night before I went to bed and to nurse her on both sides (which I never did with Abby) to see if that would help.
As with all doctor's appointments, the first thing the nurse did was take Clara's measurements. Sam went out with Clara to the scale and I heard the nurse say 9 lbs. 9 oz. My heart dropped. That was only five more ounces than her two-month visit.
A few minutes later, the doctor came in to the room. The first thing she said was, well, the first thing I noticed on her chart was a little alarming. She hasn't really gained any weight since her last visit.
They like babies to gain between 1/2 ounce to 1 ounce a day and Clara had only gained 5 ounces in 60+ days. She told us we needed to get A LOT more in her every day, whether breast milk or formula.
Needless to say, I was pretty devastated. I felt like I had been starving my sweet baby. We knew she was skinny, but we didn't realize it was that bad. She never cries, so I had no indication that she was hungry.
The next day, I pumped during each of her feedings while Sam fed her a bottle of previously pumped milk to see what we were dealing with. Let's just say, it wasn't pretty.
So, I went into full-on pump mode.
Despite pumping every two hours, I wasn't coming close to keeping up. Every day the freezer had one less bottle at the end of the day.
Sam took her in for her weight check yesterday and she had gained 10 oz! We were thrilled and the doctor was pleased. However, Clara is still way behind where she should be. The extra 10 oz. took her from the .05 percentile to around the 1 percentile. The doctor advised us to increase her intake even more if we could. So yesterday, we did what I was dreading and trying desperately to avoid and put a little bit of formula in her bottle.
I'm still pumping like crazy and started drinking this horrendous herbal tea that is supposed to help with lactation to see if I can catch up and get back to nursing exclusively.
I was never one of those people who love to nurse, but being told that what I was doing wasn't enough changed my heart. I hope and pray that things can get back to normal. I miss my special time with my little sweetheart.