We’re down 2 ounces. Bummer. Zachary will now be supplemented after each breastfeeding session with 2 ounces of fortified (with EnfaCare for preemies) breast milk. Also, his feeds will go from max every 4.5 hours to every 3 hours. He is too little to loose weight!! Hopefully, this overhaul of his feedings will help him gain some weight.
His caloric demand is just more than what I can give him right now. I’m okay with the supplements. I don’t think I have much of a choice. As much as I want to breastfeed him exclusively, I want him to thrive. He is getting my milk either way, which to me is the most important thing. And, when I go back to work at the end of the month, he’ll be getting bottles of breast milk anyways.
I’m hoping that as he gains weight, we can cut back some of the extra bottles. Like, maybe only bottle him after his day feeds and leave the night feeds to just breast. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. He has a weight check on Thursday, to make sure he is not loosing more weight.
Otherwise, he checked out perfect. =)