Re: Am I still producing milk?
With such a young baby, you want to be alert about green poops. Green is in the normal spectrum of poop colors, and as long as the baby is growing well and producing abundant pee and poops, it's not a big concern. Often it is related to milk oversupply- when a mom has a lot of milk her baby is going to get a lot of lactose (milk sugar), and that can produce green poops and a lot of gas. The fact that your baby feeds in just 5-6 minutes suggests that she may be getting a lot of milk very quickly!
That being said, green poop can sometimes be a sign of inadequate milk intake. If the baby's poops are very scanty, or watery, or don't contain the seedy stuff, or the baby's urine output falls below normal, you'd want to take the baby in to the pediatrician and to see a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC, right away. I want to emphasize that I don't think this is the case for your baby, based on your assertion that your baby has more than enough wet/poopy diapers! But do keep a careful eye on diaper output for the first 6 weeks or so.
Frequent and confusing feedings are very normal with newborns. Babies need to learn to nurse, they need to discover how to read their own satiation cues, they need to figure out what to do when they move a Burp out and suddenly have a little additional room in their tummies. In addition, at 2 weeks your baby is probably heading into her first major growth spurt- they tend to hit at around 3 weeks, 6 weeks, and 3 months. During growth spurts, babies tend to feed much more often than their previous pattern.
When it comes to nursing in public, I encourage you to nurse with pride- you are doing something wonderful for your child!- and also to never let what "some people" think impact how you feed your child, particularly if those people are perfect strangers. My favorite saying about nursing in public is that "If nursing offends you, you are staring too hard", .
Tips on discreet and comfortable nursing in public:
- Stick an extra blanket or two in your diaper bag. A well-stuffed diaper bag can double as an on-the-go nursing pillow.
- Invest in a couple of nursing shirts. Motherwear makes nice ones. They allow you to expose the minimum amount of flesh necessary to nurse. Or wear layers- one that you can pull up, one that you can pull down (like a t-shirt on top of a tank top). You pull the top layer up and the bottom down and you have a good opening to nurse.
- Try a nursing cover- Bebe au Lait makes nice ones.
- Nurse in front of a mirror to get a sense of how your clothing falls. You are probably exposing less skin than you fear.
And, just for the record, here are some places I have nursed my kids: my front yard, restaurants, playgrounds, airplanes, on the bench in front of my older kid's school, rest stops, Starbucks, the bench in the middle of the grocery store, the rocking chair display at Target, the aquarium, my FIL's memorial service... The list goes on. I stopped using a nursing cover long, long ago, and have yet to have one single person complain. If someone ever does, they can go to the restroom until I am finished, so that they won't get so offended by something they could easily ignore.
ETA: sorry about the broken link. Hopefully this will work: http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supp...s/enough-milk/
Last edited by @llli*mommal; September 25th, 2012 at 08:22 PM.
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