Re: Help and advice please!!
Welcome to the forum! Everything you describe sounds pretty normal, and since your baby is gaining weight so nicely I think you can safely say that you have the basics of breastfeeding down, and all you may need to do is tweak some of the fine points.
A lot of what you describe sounds like fast letdowns could be a component of your nursing experience right now. Your baby feeds pretty quickly for such a young baby, he clicks, and some of his poops are greenish. All of those things can be related to fast letdowns. Are you noticing any of the following:
- Breast frequently feeling full or engorged
- Strong letdown sensation
- Lots of leaking
- Baby chokes, coughs, gags, or splutters while nursing
- Baby pulls off the breast while nursing
- If baby pulls off while nursing, milk may stream or squirt from the breast
- Baby "slips up" onto the nipple or "clamps down" on the nipple while feeding
It's awesome that you pumped for your first kid for 6 weeks, and then got her to latch. That was really well-done on both your parts! Because you pumped for the first 6 weeks with your first baby, the frequency and intensity of your newborn's demand is probably surprising to you- but it's also normal. A lot of nursing moms spend their first 3-6 weeks, sometimes longer, camped out on the couch nursing, nursing, nursing, and then nursing some more, because new babies often need to nurse every 90 minutes or so, or even more frequently. If you just are patient and continue to feed on demand, your LO will grow out of this phase and will probably space his feedings out to a more reasonable interval. But if the sleepiness is frustrating you, you might want to try some of the following to get your baby to take larger feedings less often:
- Keep him cool. Cool babies are more alert. So when it's time to nurse, strip him down to a onesie, and keep a fan blowing in the room where you nurse.
- Annoy him. Annoyed babies are more alert. Tickle the soles of his feet, or rub against the grain of his hair, using your hand or a cool damp washrag.
- Keep the lights dim. New babies sometimes close their eyes in response to bright light.
- Do breast compressions to increase milk flow to the baby.
Finally, be aware that none of the above techniques may result in longer intervals between nursing sessions. 7 weeks ago your baby never knew hunger or discomfort or cold. The only way he knows of to fix those problems is to nurse, and to cuddle up close to you.
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