Re: Day supply is awful but night is gre
Welcome and congratulations on the new baby! What you describe sounds basically normal. Very frustrating, but normal!
Most moms feel like they have more milk at night than during the day. Levels of Prolactin, the milk-producing hormone, tend to peak at night and then decline throughout the day. This may explain why many new babies love to nurse at night- the milk is extra abundant and takes little effort to get out. It also can be a source of confusion. Many new moms think that to have milk they need to feel full, the way they feel at night. But this is not true: it is actually quite normal to feel "flat" or "empty" and yet still have plenty of milk. When you feel full, that just means you have extra milk sitting around.
Your baby's feeding pattern sounds a little unusual. So let me see if I understand it right. She latches on. She sucks. You hear her swallow a few times (how many?). And then what? Does she fall asleep, let go of the breast, or simply stop sucking? Does she ever release the latch on her own? And how are you getting her to nap- are you trying to have her nap solo in a crib? If so, I suggest you adjust your napping technique. New babies prefer to nap on a person- a sling can help with that- or in motion, in which case a swing or stroller can help.
Also, what's your baby's wet and poopy diaper output like? Along as that's okay, you can trust that her milk intake is okay, and that the's nothing wrong with your baby being in the 18th percentile. I honestly would suggest you see another doc- one who pushes you to supplement with formula just because your baby is on the lower half of the weight-for-age chart is relying on the chart as the sole metric of growth and that's not appropriate. A good doc looks at the baby first, and the chart second. There's nothing inherently wrong with being in the 18th percentile- statistically speaking, there are just as many healthy babies in the 18th percentile as there are in the 72nd percentile, and just as many in the 1st percentile as there are in the 99th. More than likely there is no need for that formula.
Don't sweat tummy time for an instant. IMO, whoever invented the concept of tummy time obviously thought that mommies didn't have enough to do or stress over, so they created one more thing for busy women to schedule into their days. And about lunch with a friend- do you have a sling? You can pop baby into it and go out ot a restaurant, and keep baby nursing while you eat your meal.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"