I am a FTM and a little confused as to whether or not my month-old baby's habits are normal. BF has been a challenge for us because she's a "lazy" sucker. She'll tend to use the boob as a pacifier or fall asleep at the breast. For awhile, she was not getting enough milk (this was probably complicated by using a nipple shield) and was dehydrated as evidenced by not enough stools or wet diapers. She also didn't gain her birth weight back by 2 weeks. After I stopped using the nipple shield about two weeks ago, growth has been OK as she is growing about .6 oz per day, and she has had a ton of wet and dirty diapers.
But I'm worried that her dirty diapers are TOO watery and her wets are not sufficiently wet? Her stools are almost totally liquid with just some mucus and a few curds on top. A lot of liquid soaks into the diaper. They are ranging in color from the standard mustard yellow to greenish (they have gotten a LOT less green and mucus-y in the last three or four days, maybe because I've cut out dairy?). When we've seen her pooping (changing the diaper before she was "done") it froths or pours out of her rear in a liquid mess! People say it should be the consistency of mustard, but I think it's more liquidy than that. Not to be gross, but it's like poop soup.
Her wet diapers...we change as soon as we notice the stripe in the disposable diaper goes from yellow to green or blue. People say to feel for a diaper that weighs as much as one with 3 Tbsp of water added--they never weigh that much! The color ranges from clear to yellow (how yellow is too yellow?).
Stool counts are from 6 to 10 per day, usually during feeds, and wet urine diapers range from 10 to 16 per day.
Is all this normal or should I be concerned?? I don't know if she's getting enough milk or what constitutes diarrhea, etc...
Also, her night times concern me. She feeds around midnight, then not again until maybe 6am, then again at 10am. After that it's off and on throughout the day. Is it normal for a 4-week old baby to sleep this much? :-/ She just started going 6 hours in between feeds over the last couple days.