She's gained half a pound since last Wednesday - i.e., in 5 days. That's on about 320mls of top up a day, plus 6-7 breast feeds. I can do all this on breast milk right now, I'm pumping about 250mls a day over 6-7 pumping sessions, one after each feed, then making the rest up from what we have in the freezer. Currently we have about 1.2 litres in the freezer so that will keep us going for 10 days or so at this rate, if not longer. By then maybe I can get the pumping volume up a bit, or perhaps get the supplementing need down a bit by getting her doing better on the breast. Who knows. For those of you who took domperidone, did you find that going up on dosage sometimes reduced your supply? I upped my dose from 100mg/day to 120mg/day to try and deal with her not gaining weight, but the supply seems to be down from then. Any advice much appreciated. I'm out of my more milk plus supplement, could that have made the difference?
Thanks for the advice re thrush. I found Dr Newman's protocol and while no chemist will make up the nipple ointment for me, I hope to be able to locate gentian violet by dint of calling every chemist in the surrounding area and hassling them until someone agrees to supply it. I remember this stuff being in the medicine cabinet whenI was a child, I had no idea it had become so hard to obtain.
The health visitor was happy with the weight gain, but is coming back on Friday to weigh her again. Do you think they don't trust me?