My baby boy will be 7 weeks tomorrow. He was born 5 weeks and 3 days early, so his adjusted age is 1 week 2 days old. He spent 9 days in the NICU before being discharged home. We have had troubles latching on since coming home (although I think he has had a bed/shallow latch from the start, and I did not realize it right away), and as a result my nipples were extremely sore, blistered and red. This last week he seems to have gotten better at latching on, but since Sunday he has latched on, and nursed well for 2-5 mins, then will alternate between sleeping and just sucking on the nipple. He will suck lightly for 10-15 times, then either stop or swallow. Is this normal?
He had been consistently gaining weight every week until Monday, when he stayed the same as the week before. I have been working with a LC and we weighed him today and he had gained 4 oz (he is now 8lbs even). I have tried burping him and stripping him down to help wake him back up, but it only works for a minute or two at most, and then he typically won't have a strong suck or swallow.
I had met with the LC consultant last Monday and she watched us nurse, and we figured out that I have a strong letdown, and that he was getting what he needed right away. I wouldn't worry about this, but the last two days he has been really fussy after I take him off the breast, so I offer it back to him but he doesn't swallow when latched back on. I am scared that my milk supply is decreasing. I know pumping is not an indication, but I had been pumping 3 oz or more total after each feeding, but this week I can barely get an oz total. What will my baby act like if he is not getting enough to eat? He has been extra sleepy today, but he is still having consistent wet diapers. He has only pooped once since Sunday (last night). I guess I have a lot of concerns and I wish this would come easy for us!