Originally Posted by livacreature
Went to the doctor yesterday, she's only gained five ounces this month, and dropped off her curve from 3rd percentile to not on at all. They said they usually see an ounce a day atthis age. She's getting enough milk, per lc. However, they said it might just not have enough calories, so to offer a couple ounces of formula afterwards. We've been doing some supplementing anyway because I can't seem to pump more than a couple ounces at a go and have no stash for work. Her height and headsize are still on track at 5th percentile and 3rd.
I can understand why you'd be concerned - the typical BF baby of her age is gaining 5 to 7 ounces a week and doubles birthweight between three and four months. From what I've read, babes don't gain adequately because they're not getting enough milk, not because the milk is somehow too low in calories. Did your LC do 24 hours of test feeds to determine she's getting enough milk or just judge from one feed?
If you're interested in increasing your milk supply, I took domperidone with both my kids (I'm still on it and nursing my 10-month-old) and it might do the trick to help you eliminate the formula. There's a FAQ about it in breastfeeding challenges. You could also try offering the breast more when you're together, co-sleeping if you're not already and using breast compressions and switch nursing to get more letdowns. How often are you pumping at work? Are you using a good double-electric? Have you tried active pumping ie breast massage and compressions?
If you're interested, there's an awesome book - The Breastfeeding Mother's Guide to Making More Milk - that has some great strategies.
Hang in there, mama. I know how tough it is to be forced to supplement when all you want to do is EBF your babe.