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exclusively bfing a newborn- day 4 of life- nursing a lot- no wet diapers

in her 4th day of life i've had one small sticky bowel and no wet diapers so far

she's nursing every 1-2 hours for 30-60 minutes each time

my milk just barely came in.

i am so exhausted i am falling asleep while nursing too and that's dangerous.

the chart the hospital gave me says my milk should be in by now and she should have 6-8 wet diapers and 4 bowels, she's at 0 wet and 1 bowel that is still sticky and not mustard seedy

i know that's a generalization but is this normal

i'm so scared she's hungry and not getting it. she is though, what am i asking? does this all sound normal? ok? she slept almost nonstop all day yesterday besides being up to nurse.

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Asked by staciandababy at 11:18 AM on Nov. 9, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • i heard that if a baby doesnt have so many wet diapers you are to call doctor and tell them and theyll most likely wanna see her cause like youlisted she should have 6-8 wet diapers.....i hope all goes ok and you get a wet diaper.

    Answer by photogrypher at 11:21 AM on Nov. 9, 2009

  • call the doctor, she may not be getting enough to make a wet diaper! You may have to substitute with formula!

    Answer by ali_1107 at 11:25 AM on Nov. 9, 2009

  • I would call the dr...They should check her out...babies should have wet diapers every few hours. GL and hope everything turns out fine.

    Answer by bumblebeestingu at 11:26 AM on Nov. 9, 2009

  • Your milk can take up to 5 days to come in. This is normal. Are you using disposable diapers? It's really easy to miss the tiny amount that newborns urinate if you're using disposables. It just seems to disappear. You can't even feel it if you touch the inside of the wet diaper.

    Also, what do you mean by your milk barely came in? Are you saying that you're not engorged? Many women don't become engorged with milk, that is also normal. The sticky poop is still normal too, your baby just had extra meconium to clean out of her system.

    Try leaving her diaperless for a couple hours, or even all day. Worst comes to worst you'll have to clean up some pee or poop, but I bet if you watch her you'll see that she IS peeing, just not in the amounts you are expecting.

    Answer by Ati_13 at 11:29 AM on Nov. 9, 2009

  • Take a deep breath and try not to worry. Babies are born to be breastfed. They have extra fluids to hold them until mother's milk comes in. You are only at day 4 and its normal for your milk not to be all the way in yet.

    Someone should have shown you how to nurse laying down while you were at the hospital. It's not dangerous if you fall asleep while you are nursing. You just have to make sure you aren't in a dangerous place. You want to be in bed, not on the couch or in a chair. It's normal for mothers to sleep with and breastfeed their babies.

    Its great that you are nursing so much.

    This is not the place to get breastfeeding help. Only a couple of us are pro breasteed and can offer any help. The Mothering magazine discussion boards have good sections just on breastfeeding. Its is a great breastfeeding website.


    Answer by Gailll at 11:31 AM on Nov. 9, 2009

  • Also, do yourself a favor and DON'T call your doctor on this one. Doctors recieve literally an hour of training in human lactation in medical school. They know precisely nothing. Call a La Leche League Leader (, you can find your local leader there), or an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant)... that one I think you have to google or something.

    If you call your doctor he will almost certainly tell you to suppliment with formula and that is not doing you or baby any favors. This is the difficult period, but you WILL get through it! Remember, 98% of women can breastfeed!

    Answer by Ati_13 at 11:32 AM on Nov. 9, 2009

  • Doctors and nurses aren't trained in breastfeeding. Doctors may get 3 hours or less training in breastfeeding. If you call someone it should be a lactation consultant.

    Bottles and pacifiers should not be given during the first 6-8 weeks. The last thing you want to do is give a bottle of formula. It takes weeks for a baby's body to recover from that mistake. Here is a 4 page handout about the dangers of just one bottle.


    Answer by Anonymous at 11:38 AM on Nov. 9, 2009

  • Don't worry about the poop at all. Some BF babies only poop once a week, some poop at every diaper. Both are quite normal.

    Yes, a BF should be wetting 6 diapers a day. Maybe your baby is and you're missing it?

    What brand diaper are you using and are you changing them too often? Maybe they are absorbing peepees and your changing it too often to tell?

    Does your baby seem satisfied after feedings or is she crying like she's hungry all of the time?

    Answer by ThrivingMom at 11:49 AM on Nov. 9, 2009

  • huggies newborn swaddler diapers, changing 2-3 times a day. they could be absorbing it.

    she falls asleep after nursing. only cries when she wakes up.

    i say i think my milk just came in because it just started being creamy and such- it's not oozing out-needs to be expressed, and my nipples aren't leaking.

    Answer by staciandababy at 11:51 AM on Nov. 9, 2009

  • I feel sorry for all of you who's doctors can't help you with breastfeeding. Where we go, they are all certified lactation consultants.

    And there are more than a "couple" that are pro-breastfeeding on these boards, Gailll. If you weren't so busy giving the wrong information or cutting down those who formula feed, you'd know that.

    OP...I would give the doctor a call to be on the safe side. Even using disposable diapers, you will EASILY see if the baby is peeing or not. It is not abnormal to still have merconium bowel movements at 4 days, however...she's still working on getting it out of her system.

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with getting reassurance from your doctor that she is medically okay. Call. Talk to the nurse and express your concerns.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:52 AM on Nov. 9, 2009

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