Re: 3 1/2 week old not up to birth weight yet
This is good.
Originally Posted by @llli*bugout69
Yes, they can matter quite a lot. If your baby was having lots of bright yellow, seedy stool, that would be an indication that she was getting plenty to eat. Poops that are more brownish/greenish and largely soaking into the diaper rather than sitting on the surface can indicate that baby is having trouble getting enough to eat. White, red, or black poops could be an indication of medical problems independent of breastfeeding.
As far as the types poops do they matter? Her poops are not very seedy, but are yellow/brown in color.
My guess is that the problem here is the extreme sleepiness. It's hard to get enough to eat when you doze off at the beginning of every meal, right? If baby is still jaundiced, it would be a really good idea to take her outside every day, and park her in some bright sunlight. UV light breaks down the bilirubin. I would also encourage as many feedings per day as possible. If she nurses for 5 minutes, that's still better than not nursing. Also, some tips for sleepy babies:
- When it's time to nurse, turn down the lights. New babies often close their eyes in response to bright light.
- Annoy her. When she is falling asleep, tickle the soles of her feet or rub against the grain of her hair with your hand or a cool damp washcloth.
- Keep her cool. When it's time to nurse, strip her down to a single light layer, and keep a fan blowing in the room (not directly on baby). A cool baby may be more alert than a warm one.
- Do breast compressions.
- Try switch nursing. When nursing slows and baby seems to be dozing off, take her off the breast, burp her or change her diaper to wake her up, and put her back on the other side. Repeat the process until she will no longer wake. Switch nursing is supposed to teach a baby that the breast is for eating, not napping.
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