I've read and heard all the advice about how long an infant should go between feedings, how long the feedings should last, how much sleep an infant should get, and when/how to go about waking them up to eat. It seems my baby doesn't fit into the "norm" at all! And I feel like I keep asking the same questions over and over! When I get answers, I feel better and know all is well. However, the questions still lurk in the back of my mind and I end up asking them again, only in a different way. Here goes:
My daughter is 4 weeks old. She weighed 8 lbs 7 oz at birth and weighed 10 lbs 4 oz just a couple weeks later. She's had lots and lots of wet/poopy diapers up until a couple days ago, when the poopies sort of disappeared. Still has lots of wet diapers tho. Is this normal for the poop to take such a dramatic turn?
Also, my daughter LOVES her sleep. She sleeps for anywhere from 2-3 hour stretches, then awakens to eat for sometimes only 3-5 minutes before going off to sleep again or just plain stopping! I'd think she'd be starving! No matter what I do, I cannot get her to latch back on and continue eating, and I don't want to force her. Pair these quick feedings with an overactive letdown and oversupply, and I feel like I've got myself a real problem! I'm waiting for my milk production to even out with her needs, but it seems my breasts are almost always hard and full, not painful tho. Just no where for the milk to go except in my daughter, and she eats like a bird!
Does all of this sound okay? I mean, I know she's getting enough...otherwise, she wouldn't be gaining weight and outgrowing her clothes as quickly as she is...right? She just doesn't seem to match up with what I've read in all the books and heard from people.