he lost it and now at almost 3 weeks, he is still not back to his birth weight (he only put on 2oz in the last week). I appear to have plenty milk but I am probably guilty of not feeding him enough as he can sleep for a good bit -but I would never let him go more than 4 hours and I try to feed him more often than this.
Is it because he was such a big baby to begin with as I never had this problem with the other 3 boys
could he be sleeping a lot right now (or is this usual? is he a sleepy baby?) due to the 3wk growth spurt? Some babies nurse like mad before the growth spurt, some during and some after.
Are his nappies wet? pooping ok?
You probably know this already but I'll say it anyways: I'd strip him for his feeds, put him directly on your tummy, skin to skin and switch sides every time he slows down. Even if it's every two minutes.Tickle him under the chin to keep him awake, etc.
If you are really worried, try to nurse him every 3hours for a day to see if this improves his wakefulness--unless he's simply a sleepy baby. Then do watch the clock and nurse him on schedule. Noting the diapers, wet or solids, on paper so you can keep track. (even with one I had to write it down, I can't imagine how busy you must be)
I'd say if he tends to be a sleepy baby, then at least if he's nursing every 4 hrs and wetting his diapers and seems alert during his awake times (even if it's for 10-15mins) then he's ok, just a growth spurt. There's something about 3s. 3wks, 6wks, 3mos, 6mos, 9mos 12mos...it's weird how the growth spurts come that way.
My DS was slow to gain but I had supply issues. I watched his diapers really closely. Even if there's no poop, with a BF baby, the wet diapers are key. Some babies absorb most of the milk and only have urine to give.
Be sure to do skin on skin while nursing. It's awesome and helps.
good luck and keep us posted
me:43, DH 44
DS: born by c-sec Apr15'03, 9lbs5oz 41wks gest. (after 4 years of ttc, starting in 1998)
DD born by c-sec Oct 13 2007, 8lbs13oz 39wk gest. (after just under 3 years of ttc)
~~DS was conceived naturally the cycle following a cancelled DE IVF, using my good friend's eggs. She was on the verge of hyperstimming.
~~DD's nat conception I attribute to using OPKs like a crazy nut, eating grapefruit daily and using preseed. also 5 cycles of TCM ending 2 cycles before that lucky cycle.