Re: Milk almost completely stopped after sickness/birth cont
New babies make all sorts of faces, and nurse at all different speeds. Don't read too much into either aspect of nursing. Diaper output is much more informative!
DD is still nursing - she just looks unhappier while doing so and does not suck nearly as much. When I put her to the breast and she takes my nipple in her mouth, she actually sort of makes a disgusted face, like "This is not what I'm used to", but she will latch on and nurse, albeit very slowly.
Excellent! Frequent feeding and cluster feeding in the later afternoon/evening is normal, and great for supply.
We're also still nursing frequently. I'd say maybe 10 times a day, though some are sort and close together, particularly in the afternoon/evening
Often evening screaming isn't about supply, but is merely your baby being a baby.
I'm now about 36 hours off the mini pill, so we'll see if I see things start to improve. What I noticed happening yesterday was that my supply just continued to decrease during the day (which I know it's normal to have a lower supply at night) but to the point where by her bedtime I really barely had anything for her and she screamed like crazy.
This link talks about fussy evenings and evenings-only colic: http://kellymom.com/parenting/parent...fussy-evening/
This sounds like a baby who is getting enough to eat.
I'm just concerned that she's not getting enough to eat. She does still have enough wet diapers and she frequently has small poops in most diapers.
I'm confused- how do you know this? Your baby is nursing enough, having good diaper output, and you've eliminated the minipill. What makes you think you don't have enough?
But I know that the amount I'm producing now is not sustainable for DD and that it continues to be much less than it was.
Luckily, thrush does not impact milk supply. It can cause pain for mom, and make baby uncomfortable, fussy, and sometimes even reluctant to nurse, but it doesn't do anything to supply.
Here's one more thing to add to the mix that I was thinking about yesterday - over the past few days, I've noticed some mild pain in my breasts. They're fairly infrequent, though they became more frequent yesterday. They're also not particularly painful, and they don't radiate anywhere. I don't have them while breastfeeding - only in between, and they don't interfere with nursing. I googled this and thrush came up as a possibility. I did then notice that my nipples look particularly pink. I have no other symptoms of thrush, and I don't see any in DD. I've got a call into my OB right now about this, so maybe that's affecting my supply too if it is thrush?
Based on your description, I would say thrush is a possibility but not a strong possibility. Random pains in between nursing sessions are normal, and some color change in the skin of the nipple is normal. However, it's a great idea to see your doctor and the baby's pediatrician and explore the possibility.
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