My daughter was born a week ago and nursing started out very rough. I nursed my third son for two month but it was very difficult for me. This time around we started off nursing with a great latch. But I could not for the life of me get her to eat. No matter what I tried she just refused to latch. I did not give into formula cause I was determined to ebf. So we just kept at it. When we left the hospital two days after she was born she was down 6oz from her birth weight but of course thats normal for newborns to lose some weight. We got home sunday the 24th and on tuesday the 26th we had a newborn check at the doctors office. She had dropped another 5oz. Dr said to give my milk a chance to come in and we will re weigh her next week. My milk was still not in yet and nursing was still tough but i still did not give into formula. We were still nursing and I put her to the breast as much as possible. She would only nurse at most 4min every 3 hours. So of course I was worried she wasnt getting enough because she only would have at most two wet diaper and no dirty ones a day. Yesterday (Wednesday the 27th) my milk finally came in full force. But when we came home she had a terrible latch and my nipples started cracking and nursing was painful. I used a nipple shield all day yesterday to give me a break. Well with my milk in and using the nipple shield she would nurse at least 20 minutes every 2-3 hours. Well today my nipples were much better so I took off the shield and really worked with her latch and today has been great with no pain when nursing.
Ok so now my question. With the shield she would nurse at least 20 min but now that the shield is off she will only nurse between 5-10 minutes. Is that normal for babies to nurse longer with a shield? Is it harder for them to express the milk? I know she has been getting enough today because she has been having enough wet diaper today (no dirty) so im not worried she isnt getting the milk. I was just curious as to why today she is lessening her time at the breast. This is new for me.
I also have a question about diapers. Im pretty sure 6 wet diapers a day is great but what about dirty? Since being home she has pooped twice. Once on monday and it was still the black tar poop and then once yesterday which was still dark but it was now runny. Should I worry that she isnt pooping everyday? With my last baby he was pooping a few times a day by a week old and it was the yellow seedy poop.
Sorry for this long post but I need help. I dont wanna give up especially since I worked out her latch and have not gave into supplementing when some people have told me to.
on Nov. 29, 2013 at 12:02 AM