My dd is now 2 weeks old, and we're still working on bf, but things are getting a little easier. The day we were leaving the hospital, the pediatrician discovered she had elevated bilirubin levels due to weight loss. She went from 7lbs13oz to 7lbs1oz in 3 days. At that point, it was suggested I begin to supplement. The following week was a very difficult week for us. She would fall to sleep while bf, and it was almost impossible to wake her. She also became lazy at suckling due to the bottle being much easier for her. I ended up having to buy an electric pump to build my supply. At this point we are still having to supplement, but only at every other feeding. In these 2 weeks, she is now at 7lbs15oz. I know bf babies have 2 to 3 bowel movements a day, but mine is having only 1 very large bm every 24 to 48 hours. Should this be of concern? Pediatrician says weight gain is of most concern, and we will phase out supplementing next week, but is something I'm eating or doing causing this? She does receive maybe 2 oz of formula with the breastmilk per day. Any advice is appreciated. Sorry so long.
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11/1/01 at 7:01pm