I think nursing is oging okay here. It's going like it alwys does, but if overanalyzed by the "professionals"/typical doctors, they would have me supplementing. Zoe nurses ALOT! She doesn't complain and she seems strong. She has lots of wet and poopy diapers but she lost weight for quite a while and last time we weighed her she was 9lb 7oz after nursing--up from 9lb 5oz the week before, but down from 10lb 11oz at birth. There is no way she'll get back to birth weight before 6 weeks or so. This is the same pattern all of my babies have taken as far as I can remember. I certainly remember my DD2 losing 2 pounds and very slowly gaining it back. One doctor at the office we go to, thought I should take something to increase my milk supply and possibly even consider formula if she didn't start gaining soon. He was asking to monitor DD twice per week. Then I saw the other doctor. He said the other doctor was making me too nervous. As long as DD was pooping and peeing and nursing lots, don't worry. He was right. She was slow to gain, but did fine on her own schedule. We only see him now. He checked Zoe at 1 wk, at 2 wks, and now the doc said it's fine to go two more weeks as long as I'm not worried about anything. I love a doctor like that. He always makes sure to ask if I have his cell phone number in case I need anything. He truly cares about people and trusts in our bodies ability to take care of itself.
DD2 weaned herself at 2yrs old, but my boys nursed to 3 and close to 4yrs old. I've somehow managed to pump enough (although that's always a struggle and my least favorite thing) to get the kids to 1 yr without drinking anything else even though I work 3 days a week after they turn 12 weeks old.
Speaking of pumping...anyone else doing that yet? I started pumping right after Zoe nurses in the morning knowing that she tends to have a 2-3 hour nap at that time. I can onlky get 2 ounces--but that is after she nurses, so I guess I'm doing okay. Any tips on how to build up a good reserve for going back to work. Once I return to work, I can't quite pump as much in a day as she drinks while I'm gone. Fortunately DH brings her to the office to nurse at lunch, so that helps. I just don't want to feel the stress of keeping up the freezer supply. It slowly dwindles over the year and makes me nervous, but like I said, we've done it successfully 3 times before.