I just got back from the doctor. After keeping a close eye on my 7-month dd's slowing weight gain for the past two months, I took her in a week ago. Nurse confirmed what I already knew - gain of just 2 ounces in three weeks. Took her in again today (one week later) and now dd has lost 5 ounces. So since Christmas, she's only gained 10 ounces.
She was born 9 pounds 5 ounces (90th percentile) and is now down around the 5th. I know the charts are based on formula-fed babies, but this is a dramatic drop regardless.
The doctor reassured me the whole time - he said don't stop breastfeeding, don't give more solids, don't worry, la la la. And then 10 minutes later, after the results of her test for iron deficiency, his tune changed. He prescribed the iron drops and told me to bring a stool sample back asap.
I am completely beside myself with worry, guilt and anger. I thought I was doing the best thing for her by breastfeeding around the clock. Instead I feel like I've let her go from being a perfectly healthy, chubby newborn to a skinny, anemic baby all in just 7 months. What is wrong with my milk?
To make matters worse, her appetitie is completely waning - a result of the anemia. She won't nurse *or* take solids, she won't take a sippy cup or a bottle - so I'm terrified that she's starving before my very eyes.
I know most people reading this are completely pro-breasfeeding, and I am too, but I am truly trying to determine what's best for my daughter, and I have to wonder, is it time to supplement with iron-fortified formula?
I literally feel on the edge of a breakdown over this - there's no one to blame but myself because I'm her primary source of nutrition. I very much want to breastfeed until she's at least a year, but not at the expense of her health and her being anemic.
What do I do? Please help. I feel like I've failed her.