Re: Is my baby actually getting anything
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby!
In your shoes, I would want to immediately do the following:
1. Keep an extremely careful record of wets and poops. If you have trouble counting tiny newborn pees in a super-absorbent disposable diaper, tuck a few squares of tissue paper in front of your baby's genital area. When she pees, the paper will be visibly wet.
2. See the pediatrician. A newborn who isn't pooping and who has lost a significant amount of weight is an issue to talk to your doc about.
3. See the lactation consultant, preferably one who is an IBCLC. She may be able to spot an issue- a poor latch, a tongue-tie, a weak suck, etc. When you have an issue with a newborn, there's no substitute for hands-on help!
Can you tell us more about nursing? Specifically:
- How does it feel? Are you in pain when the baby nurses, or after she nurses?
- After baby unlatches, what shape are your nipples? Symmetrical, like pencil erasers, or asymmetrical/creased/wedged, like new lipsticks?
- Does baby fall asleep rapidly at the breast?
- Is baby jaundiced at all?
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!"