Hi everyone, I hope someone here will be able to help!
My 12 week old daughter is nursing very frequently (probably every hour or so) and she's quite fussy at the breast, often pulling away and crying. Sometimes burping her helps, but on a lot of occasions I had to switch sides as this is the only thing that calms her down.
The main problem is that she consistently has green poos - not frothy and I see bits of curdled undigested milk there, but the poos are not mustardy yellow as they apparently should be in a breastfed baby.
She is gaining weight well, she went from 3.6 kgs (8 lbs) to 6.1 kgs (13 lbs) in 12 weeks. She's getting about 150 ml of expressed breastmilk as her last feed of the day (this is something me and my husband introduced when I started expressing milk, basically we wanted to replace the evening formula. I had a lot of problems with breastfeeding initially and because my milk took a long time to come in we were initially doing mixed feeding with 1 bottle of formula in the evening; this is now replaced by a bottle of my milk). The little one sleeps through the night after that last feed (usually 7-9 hours). While my husband feeds our daughter in the evening I pump some milk for the next day.
My breasts are quite engorged in the morning so I usually feed her from one and express from the other, getting enough for the evening (combined with milk from the evening before). I find that she feeds well for about 10 minutes, then comes off and starts fussing a bit. I usually change her then and put her on the same breast, but after a while she pulls away and doesn't want to latch on again, so I put her on the other breast. I basically feel that she never gets to the hindmilk because she's never on one breast long enough. How can I change this? It's like she has problems staying on one breast and is 'lazy' and doesn't want to make an effort to suckle properly. She either pulls away and won't latch back on, screaming (this might be tummy ache, gas etc) or she falls asleep on the breast and wakes up after 10 minutes still hungry.
I tried breast compressions, keeping her awake by tickling her feet, chin etc,block feeding - nothing seems to make a difference and the poos are green and very rarely yellow.
Everyone I talked to is telling me that my baby is not getting enough hindmilk, yet they offer no advice on what to do to make sure she is feeding effectively. I have read so many forums, websites etc to try and find an answer. Now I'm thinking it might be fenugreek I've been taking since my daughter was 2.5 weeks old. I decided to stop it for now and see whether it changes anything.
I'm sorry this is a long and slightly incoherent essay - I really really want to keep breastfeeding, but I need help! I hate seeing my baby suffer from a sore tummy. I also need to mention that she doesn't really sleep much during the day and I keep thinking this is because she's never really full and satisfied after a feed...
I need to add that she is otherwise a happy and smiley baby.