Angie, the LC I see said that babies need two stints of 3 hour stretches of sleep a day to conserve calories. So sleeping is good! Sleeping HELPS them gain weight!
I am a bit confused right now. I took Riley to his ped today. He is up to 7 lb 5 oz, so he's up almost a pound since his last appt, and 5 oz since Tuesday. I know that's thanks to formula. So here's the deal. His ped wants me to wean off formula. He thinks that the LC and midwives are feeding me crap and that I probably would make enough if I just stopped supplementing. I'm really nervous about this. First of all, he's a much happier baby with supplementing. He's sleeping better, his moods are better, and his color is better. Not to mention he has gained all that weight. But the ped said his opinion is that I do not need medication to help my supply, I simply need to nurse more often. I don't know how I could nurse more often. I nurse 16 times a day at least, plus giving him formula. Now, who's to say that I'm not making more than .5 oz that shows when we do the naked weighs. Who knows. He says that's not accurate. I'm really annoyed that I keep getting varying opinoins. I really think that the LC I see knows far more about breastfeeding than Riley's ped. But he also says that in his 20 years of practice he's never met a woman who couldn't produce enough for her baby. He kept saying there's nothing wrong with me, that he just needed to get fattened up and now he can be weaned. I have no idea which end is up right now. Believe me, I want to wean him off the formula, but I'm scared he'll get dehydrated, be cranky, not sleep well, etc. because he won't get enough from me. He wants me to wean 2 oz a day (so 10 oz today, 8 oz tomorrow, 6 oz Sat, etc) until he gets no formula. Scary part is, he demands more food now that he's used to full tummy, and I DO NOT make the 1.5 to 2 oz that he takes in a bottle of formula. I'm afraid he's going to be on the breast 24/7 and still not be satisfied. Ack, sorry for the vent. I'm just not sure what to do now!