We took Milo to the doctor for his 4 month checkup yestarday and to say that things didn't go well would be putting it mildly. He gained length just fine but when we went to weight him he had only gained 5 ounces in 2 months. I knew he had been looking very thin but every time I brought it up I was always reassured that he was just long and skinny like his daddy. I will NEVER again dought my instincts and not take him into the doctor sooner. The doctor thinks that it is probably just a calorie problem and if we boast his calorie intake with formula supplementation then hopefully his weight issue would right it's self. Because he has also had trouble pooping she did tell us that there are a number of more serious thing that is could be such as metabolic disorders or Cystic Fibrosis. As soon as I heard CF I lost it right there in the doctors office. She assured us that she wasn't trying to scare us and she didn't think it was any of those things she just wanted us to know that there were more scary things it could be so that we wouldn't get freaked out when we got home and got on the internet and searched for "failure to thrive". Even with all the reassurances I am still desperately worried about my baby.
So we will now be supplementing with formula regularly and go in for weekly weigh-in's to check on his progress. I'm still determined that Milo will have breast milk for at least a year. The formula will just come in addition to his regular nursing schedule. I am going to make an appointment with a lactation consultant to see if they have any nursing advice and get him weighed before and after his feeding to see exactly how much he is actually getting.
He also got shots this time so he's a little cranky today an the doc said his lower gum is a little white and swollen so he maybe getting a tooth soon. He has certainly been drooling enough to suggest that. That kid can, positively, soak his clothes.
Here are a few of Milo's 4 month pics that I took last week.