Re: Concerned Papa
I am glad you're going to see the IBCLC. When you have a breastfeeding issue with a newborn, you want help from a real professional- and unfortunately that does not include most pediatricians. I'd wager that your pediatrician is among those who just do not know what they are taking about when it comes to breastfeeding, and automatically reach for the bottle of formula when presented with a problem.
Green poops can be a sign of inadequate milk intake- when the baby is failing to gain weight. If the baby is gaining at a normal pace and the stools are green, there is another cause for the green poops (generally related to either allergies/intolerances or to overabundant milk supply/excessive intake of foremilk).
Long feedings can indicate a nursing issue. It's probably just the 3 week spurt, but there are other possibilities. Reflux can cause endless feeds (constant swallowing keeps tummy contents down where they belong, and alkaline milk helps neutralize stomach acids). Tongue tie or some other latch issue are also possible culprits: when the latch is off and milk transfer is slow, the baby must feed constantly in order to get enough to eat. Make sure the IBCLC looks carefully at your baby's tongue, and if she does a weigh-feed-weigh test, don't take a single test as the final word on milk transfer, since it is possible to have a better than average or worse than average feed at the clinic. I would ask the IBCLC about renting a professional scale, since that would enable you to do your own weigh-feed-weigh tests at home, and with a few day's worth of data you would have a highly accurate picture of your baby's weight gain and milk intake. Diaper counts are a good way to get an estimate of milk intake, but if you need hard numbers the scale will get them for you.
We love it when dads find this site, but some questions are easier answered by mom, as opposed to being relayed through dad, KWIM? So, would your wife feel comfortable coming to the forum? Maybe we can help her directly. No offense to you, of course!
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