We just had our third baby, and although I have breastfed all my babies, I am still stuck with questions. Hope some of you can help!
Some background: I tend to struggle with oversupply with each baby. I'm assuming this is normal because we all get engorged at first, and then our babies hunger helps us regulate how much we produce. Well, with baby #2, I was really struggling with OS and OALD which was partially due to me being concerned I wasn't making ENOUGH in the early days so I was pumping at least once a day. I then went to block feeding, which quickly led to undersupply, and I honestly never recovered from that (in spite of doing everything under the sun to try and increase it again).
Newest baby girl is 3 weeks old and seems to be nursing pretty well, but we are dealing with green poop on and off. At first she was nursing from both sides, but for about the last week, she is only eating on one side for 8-10 minutes at most and I can NOT get her to eat more. Sometimes she is even pulling off and fussing (just started last couple of days). She is definitely gaining weight and having her wet/poopy diapers.
So what I'm assuming is happening is that my body is still making too much and trying to regulate the amount for her needs. So, for my questions:
How long does initial milk regulation from engorgement normally take?
Should I be okay with her only taking one side for such a short amount of time?
How long should I wait before trying to pump at all (just to have some stored away in case I need to leave her in the next month)? I don't want to start while my body is trying to figure it all out and then end up struggling with OS for even longer than necessary.
It's such a tough balance, because I do NOT want to end up with undersupply after finding out how hard it is to get it back once it's lost. But I don't want to encourage OS issues either!
Thanks for any and all advice!!