October 12th, 2016, 09:39 AM
Hello everyone - new to the forum. I apologize for the long back story, but it seems relevant to my question and I'm stressed and anxious (who isn't right?)
My son turned 5 months yesterday and we just successfully stopped using the nipple shield this last weekend. I was given no information about it before leaving the hospital, when to wean, how to wean, possible downsides of use, etc. I tried several times when he was younger with no success so I just gave up because he did so well with it. We have been monitoring his weight closely since 2 months because he's only gaining the bare minimum (about ~.5 oz a day, sometimes less). He's always had plenty of wet and dirty diapers, upwards of 8-10 wet diapers a day and 4-6 dirty diapers a day. He had a period of time where he was in a lot of GI pain, waking him from naps screaming and all green/brown smelly and mucousy poops (no blood though.) I cut out dairy, nuts, and a supplement I was taking and it was a 100% turnaround.
He's a super calm, laid back baby who has slept through the night since 2-3 months, sleeping 9ish hours since 3 months. Passes out after his last feeding which is usually around 8:30 and wakes up anywhere from 5:15-6:00. He has always slept through all of his feedings and they generally lasted anywhere from 30-45 minutes except for the first one of the day which is always much faster since I am quite "full" after pumping around 11pm. For the past 2 weeks his poops have moved to 1 every day or...