Re: getting on a 'schedule'/what I eat
Babies are never SUPPOSED to be on a schedule, unless the baby eats too infrequently and mom needs to encourage baby to eat more. Some moms choose to put their babies on schedules, and they typically do nothing more than make everyone miserable and decrease milk supply (remember, supply = demand, so if you reduce demand you decrease supply). In the worst case scenario, they can cause inadequate supply and lead to a baby failing to get enough calories to grow and thrive. Nursing every 3-4 hours is typically not enough for a very young baby: under 6 weeks you want a baby to eat every 2-3 hours during the day, or at least 10-12 times a day, allowing a 5-6 hour stretch of sleep at night only if the baby initiates it and is growing well. After 6 weeks you should continue to nurse on demand, but you can be a little more flexible about timing, allowing baby to go 3-4 hours between feedings and sleep through the night if he wants to. If he doesn't, there's a good reason for that: breastfed babies typically take in small amounts of milk very frequently, and increase their nursing frequency during growth spurts or when an increase in milk volume is required. The breast is not like the bottle- you don't know how much your baby eats when he's nursing, and he probably eats less than he would from a bottle, since bottle-fed babies are routinely overfed.
So no, don't put your baby on a schedule, and let your mom know that her advice on the subject is not welcome. You don't have to remind her that she didn't choose to nurse, but if she gets on your case you can inquire where she picked up her extensive knowledge on how to breastfeed a baby!
WRT to foods getting into your milk... Maybe a day or so? But please don't go down the food intolerance avenue unless you have to. Food intolerances are way over-self-diagnosed. It's really easy to mistake correlation for causality. Babies fuss for many, many reasons, usually unconnected with mom's diet. If your baby does have an allergy/intolerance, you'd likely see not just fussiness but also gas, green and mucousy poops, possibly bloody poops, excema, hives, even poor growth... At 5.5 weeks, you do not want to think about this stuff, provided baby is growing and developing normally.
ETA: just saw in your other thread that you suspect OALD. OALD usually stems from oversupply of milk, and that can cause some of the same symptoms as allergy/intolerance and is significantly more common. Green stools, frothy stools, and bloody poop are all possible when mom has OS/OALD. So that's even more reason to not go down the allergy/intolerance road right now!
Last edited by @llli*mommal; July 27th, 2012 at 01:04 PM.
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