R's Checkup

This little guy had his checkup this week. He is 29" tall in the 75th percentile for his age, and he weighs 16.1 lbs. in the 3rd percentile for his age.

He has still been nursing every 2 hours at night, and one week, some nights, it was every hour. I couldn't handle it anymore that night----so, I went and made him a bottle of formula (leftover from the hospital). He chugged down 4 ounces and went back to sleep for 4 hours. Yes, I was finally able to get some sleep. The next few nights continued along the same pattern. Apparently, the little guy was not getting enough calories from the breastmilk.

Talked to the doctor about it this week, and he said "that's the difficult thing with nursing is we can't really tell if he's getting enough." The doctor didn't persuade me to use formula, said I could still nurse if I wanted (that's why I love that guy), but said "he could benefit from some extra calories".  He's now on formula, and I'm trying to wean him from nursing. I've definitely been getting lots more sleep. He's only up about once now during the night to eat again.

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