Then a little after I wrote the first paragraph our weight check with the pediatrician, she is down to 6 lbs 14 oz, despite our marathon of nursing for the last 3 days. I am discouraged and worried. He says that we should start giving 1 oz of formula after every time she nurses and then we check her weight again on Friday, if still no gain then blood tests and other diagnostics (stool examinations etc). I feel such a sense of defeat now, whereas when I leave the lactation consultant I feel uplifted and capable. I guess that I would like to just keep nursing and add in a pumped bottle daily, but my DH is too worried and wants to start the formula supplementation. Honestly I will try the mainstream way for this week, it is not intended to be permanent, but I am not happy about it. It feels awful like I am force feeding her this mass produced fake food, instead of what nature intended. I also know that supplementing with formula statistically decreases the chances of long term breast feeding success. I know that I should just be happy that she is here, would I care if Grace had been fed formula or at the breast if it meant I got to keep her?
To end on a lighter note here is one of the pictures from Rosabella's newborn photo shot from a few weeks ago.
|Sisterhood - Grace and Rosabella together|