Ditto the posts regarding pumping output not being at all comparable to your actual supply. My first times pumping I couldn't get more than a few drops. So, when paired with a babe not gaining much weight I was sent into a panic.
I can pump a bit more, but the circumstances have to be Just Right (and I don't even know what makes one chance better than another!). But even on a 'good' session I only get about 2 oz max. But I know Lucy is gulping down far more than that (if I forget to burp her, I am not-so-gently reminded by the gush of spit-up later!).
Lucy has been a slow-gainer thus far in the weight department. Honestly, right now I have no clue what she weighs, but I might take her to the four-month well-baby. We'll see. The dr. might inquire about us missing the 2-month shots and I'm just not ready to deal with that face-to-face yet, being quite non-confrontational right now.
Anyway... after I found out she had gained less than two pounds in two months (she was born at 8 lb 12 oz and at two months weighed 10 lb 4 oz) I suddenly doubted everything we had done, doubted myself as a mother, provider and food source. My world really did seem to nearly crumble in because of my seeming failure to fatten up my baby.
But then... I realized she had plenty of wet diapers. And plenty of poopy ones as well! And, the low weight gain occured also on the clock of some formula time (while we were working out the latch kinks), so it wasn't even *all* up to me. And, she was alert, meeting the milestones she should have been meeting... and generally seemed okay.
How do you think Tori's latch is? I can't tell you exactly when, but with Lucy, I noticed early on she was *very* needy on the boob (it seemed like days were just long nursing sessions -- quite literally) and it was sometimes more than just a bit painful. But then one day I suddenly noticed the pain was not there, and that she wasn't seeming hungry all day long (heh... still quite often, but at least she'll nap a bit or something). So, I really think that for a while she wasn't getting all that she needed, even though she had an adequate 'output' of poo and wetness... and didn't even have green poo.
Give yourself a big ol' hug. Right now. Because the reason you're so worried is because you're trying to be the best mom you can be... and that in turn *makes* you the best mom you can be!!
Judy, wife to my Catholic deacon husband ... homeschooling mother to my four girls, a boy, and someone new in May '15! Forever remembering our loss (8/11)
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