Poor weight gain advice
Just after some advice please if anyone has any ... R was born 12/12/13 weighing 7.4lb, she went down to 6.10lb & then struggled up to her birth weight by week 5. Since then R has steadily gained 4oz a week, she now weighs 9lb at week 12.
I was attempting to exclusively breastfeed but with my milk not coming in till week 2 & poor weight gain, I was advised to "top up" by the hv/midwife. R's latch was never checked as she was asleep every time they visited & they advised LO shouldn't be on the breast majority of the time, she should just feed every 2-3hours & suggested again I should top up with formula. I now know this to be bad advice.
Luckily once the Christmas period was over, I found a great bf consultant & spent 2 weeks working with her to perfect R's latch.
I still have pressures from hv & husband to continue some formula top ups until R's weight increases. The hv are not too happy with R's weight gain. R has 2 formula bottles a day of 100ml each & 1 expressed bottle of 100ml, which I express at 3am, I can't get much milk expressing throughout the day. The rest is from the breast. LO sleeps through the night but I have to wake her at 3/4am to feed (advised by hv not to let R sleep through) this is with a bottle as she won't latch on & is generally asleep whilst feeding.
I have gone through a lot of hardwork continuing bf & many disagreements with H. LO is satisfied feeding from me, generally every 2/3hours. If we are in the house R wants to feed on & off all day but I find this to be a lot of comfort sucking.
R has a steady weight gain of 4oz a week, the doctor is happy with this, both myself & H were small babies, R is a happy healthy baby but they still want me to increase formula??
Sorry turned out to be very long!! Has anyone experienced similar bf or ff. I just feel they are focussing too much on the chart rather than R as an individual who is following the 0.4 percentile line.
When the time comes where I am not satisfying R I will switch to ff but at present I enjoy bf & I believe R does too.