Re: Is my supply getting too low?
Eliminating dairy and soy might help, and can't hurt anything except your ability to enjoy your diet. But you should go into the dietary elimination aware that oversupply can also cause bloody poops, and the blood can persist even after mom has dealt with the problematic oversupply. It takes a while for the baby's gut to heal completely.
Her poos and more orange but still slimy/watery. Never seedy. she had 3 diapers in three weeks with bright red flecks of blood in them. So, Ped has me eliminating dairy and soy.
The good news is that when a baby is gaining well and developing normally, wierd poops are something to keep an eye on but not something to be particularly concerned about, even if they have blood in them.
This all sounds just fine! Even if your baby is "just" snacking or comfort nursing, it's totally fine- both snacking and comfort nursing are normal and desirable aspects of breastfeeding. And the fact that you are open to night-nursing is terrific- there is no better way to preserve your supply and your nursing relationship than to keep nursing, even in the wee hours.
She goes to sleep between 9 and 10....sleeps until 3a.m. usually....and that is when I simply pull her into bed and let her latch on till morning (I started this because I was getting so tired I was falling asleep sitting up and I was afraid she would roll out of my arms or something. I set an alarm on my phone for every 3 hours to turn to the others side. I don't know if this is a good or bad thing for my supply or for her in general. or should I be getting up to nurse her to make sure she is actively nursing and not just snacking or comfort nursing all night?
Good. It's totally normal for breastfed babies to gain weight quite rapidly during early infancy. They tend to slim down a lot once they become mobile, and you can probably expect her to drop some percentiles in the 4-8 month range as she starts devoting more calories to physical activity and packing fewer on as fat.
She has gained weight rapidly....14lbs 1oz now at 12 weeks......7lbs 13oz at birth. Not sure if that is good or bad.
Babies get more efficient at nursing as time goes on. By the time they are a few months old, many babies are capable of getting a full feeding in 10 minutes or less, and the change from long feedings to short ones can happen quite suddenly.
She used to be a very long nurser 40 mins or more. Now, since doing all this, she only nurses about 10 mins on one side and that's it and it seemed like it changed suddenly
Normal. Roll with it, and if the baby seems fussy, just offer the breast again. If she's hungry, she'll take it.
sometimes she just comes off happy or plays and other times it seems to end in a love hate relationship. lol.
Normal. The average feeding at the breast is 2-4 oz, and once your supply and baby's demand are well-matched, it's normal to rarely if ever feel full or engorged. The fact that you pump 2-4 oz is terrific- just keep pumping at work and if you find yourself slipping behind baby's daycare intake, add some pump sessions. More frequent pumping is generally the cure when you hit a pump slump.
So now my breasts almost always feel empty, I don't pump as much 2-4 oz.
To sum up: it sounds like you're doing great! Relax, enjoy your baby, keep slaving away with the pump when you're at work. You'll get where you want to go!
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