Hi. New here.
My baby is 5 weeks and I've been breastfeeding him since birth. He's gained 3.5 pounds since birth and his doctor has deemed him healthy.
First, some backgroundI had touble getting a latch when he was born so the lc at the hospital advised me to use a nipple shield and I've been using it since. She said I had flat nipples and thought my baby could be tongue-tied but a doctor evaluated him and said he wasn't.
Baby feeds about every two hours for about 30 minutes to an hour. I feed him on demand. He wets many diapers and up until now has pooped at every feed.
My first question is that suddenly he's hardly pooping at all. He didn't poop at all last night and only pooped 3 times today, two of which were substantial, but they used to all be substantial. He's still wetting a lot of diapers though. Is this change normal?
My other question is that the last couple days he's been fussing a lot on my right boob. He breaks off and cries and even whines while he's nursing. He nurses normally on the left boob but he's always been a bit fussy while nursing. Now it's more dramatic. I've read this could be an overactive letdown but I've never thought I had that problem. I don't really feel a letdown anymore and my breasts are softer now and rarely feel full. I never really leaked. Because of his good weight gain and numerous diapers I have never doubted my supply, but now I'm worried my supply is dropping and he's fussing because I'm not producing enough milk anymore.
I want to blame the shield but I have not had much success trying to latch without it.
Sorry for the long post. Help please?