Hi, this is my first post here. I was told to come here by a few people I've met since having my daughter last month. I wanted to see if I could get some opinions about a few concerns I have.
First, my girl lost almost a pound in the first week after her birth, and it took near 3 weeks to get her back to her birth weight, but I realized it's because I was definitely having problems with breastfeeding in the beginning and she did not seem to even want to eat really, so I never tried to get her to at first, which I regret now of course. It makes me feel like I was somewhat depriving her (more like I didn't have the proper knowledge ugh!), now I feel it's going a lot better though!
I was told to breast feed and also supplement a little when it became clear she was not gaining enough (only a ounce or two of formula a day tops). She didn't like it much but once in a while she'd take the formula. I kept at it trying to breast feed her and give her a little formula to get her back to her birth weight, suddenly over night she just wanted to eat and eat, and now it's all of the time. I give her an ounce or two tops a day of formula, but she definitely prefers breast over bottle.
Now that you know all of this, here's my questions/concerns.
A thing I noticed is on a certain side when she's eating, she'll get kind of squirmy and breathe heavy and sometimes even lets go of the nipple before she finishes eating. It seems like she is really frustrated or something. This isn't every time, but I find it strange since this just started yesterday and she's been doing it more often. It makes me wonder if there's a problem with my milk (though I feel she is definitely getting enough since I almost always see milk in her mouth or on me if I check, but could it be how I am feeding her or something I wonder).
Second, I am feeding her a lot, as in 3-4 times an hour even sometimes, sometimes she'll eat for 10-20 minutes and fall asleep, other times she'll stay on longer and slowly fall asleep. I try to feed her from both but a lot of the time I don't make it to the other side, so I start on that side most of the time during the next feeding. She gets really fussy if I would not feed her so of course I do. I figure since she's small anyway and almost a month, then her eating more is good right? Or is there something bad about this? Am I feeding her too much? Is there a too much? She is VERY demanding right now it seems, so I just give in and feed her whenever she wants!
Also I noticed she was having a LOT of poopy diapers at first and not many wet ones, now it's the opposite, mostly wet heavy diapers, and not many poopy ones at all (I haven't seen a poopy one in almost 2 days now). Is this a concern? I assume the wet is very good (tells me she is hydrated more so now than previous), but the lack of poopy ones a problem?
Thanks! Also sorry if this is a lot to read, I tried to finish it all here since I don't want to clog up the forums!!