I'm a new mummy and my four-month-old son doesn't get enough breast milk. I weigh him before and after breastfeeding, and found out that he gets only 1-2 oz every 4 hours. He didn't gain that much weight this month as well.
I spoke to lactation specialist, and she told me to give him a bottle, but he didn't take it. I've been trying it for 2 weeks already.
Does anybody have the same problem? Could anyone help me out, please?
How are the growth charts? Exclusively breastfed babies have their own growth chart but I never did bother to chart my daughter's on it.
I exclusively breastfed (save maybe 4x when I tried the bottle because of your exact same situation - feeling the baby wasn't getting enough) until just last December. My daughter will be 3 in April. She used to nurse for 30-60 minutes as an infant so I guess my flow was slow or she wasn't sucking hard enough yet. And she has always been in the single digit percentile for weight but always 75%+ for height. "Tall and thin" is just how she is was what the pediatrician always said. I didn't have an oversupply issue and I was definitely eating a lot to compensate for breastfeeding calories.
So long as they are peeing and pooping what they are supposed to at their age, I would not be concerned (in hindsight). I was like you too when I was going through it! You could try squeezing the boob while they are latched to get faster flow. Also you could express a little first before they feed so they get the hind milk (the fattier milk sooner). That is what my lactation consultant suggested to me, not a bottle. Good luck!
If gaining & growth is an issue & your little one isn't taking in enough, you can use a supplemental nursing system. It looks like an IV bag, but it has a smaller tube & you insert it into the corner of the baby's mouth while they are nursing. A breastfed baby should intake in a range of 19-35oz per day & the average range is near 25oz. I would personally be offering more often. 4 hrs is a long time between feeds for many breastfed babies, as breastmilk is easily digested. It's very common to see a breastfed infant eat every 2hr. If baby was fed every 2hrs & took 1-2oz that is no issue & you will see that he easily hits 25oz.
While it is okay for a baby possible to eat less than others, you have to also keep in mind fluids. So it's always good to keep an eye on diaper output when concerned on intake. A child this age should have 6-8 very wet diapers a day (per 24hrs) and you can count poops as a wet since they likely did wet that one too. Younger babies should have higher counts, as they get older it starts to drop a bit into the range of 4-6.