I just wanted to add about a hundred of these: regarding Google's, Andrea's and DJ's moms posts.
I also wanted to clarify something for you. One of the pp's mentioned the difference in lactation counselors. You said you contacted an LC. Lactaction Consultants don't always have the same amount or type of training. In fact, they have much less training than an IBCLC...which is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. An IBCLC has much more training, and is regulated by the board and certified to be a Lactation Consultant. They didn't just get their LC status by taking a couple of classes, they are generally the most knowledgeable, and have far more training than MD's, and Ped's get all through medical school. That's why, sometimes if you have a tough prob, a doc. will refer you to an IBCLC, because they are specialists, and the docs are generally not specialists in that area.
Now that being said, from everything you've said, you child is wetting MORE than 6 wet diapers and having lots of poopy ones per day. It sounds like she's gaining weight well and meeting milestones.
I know this is repeating everybody else who's posted to you, but I'd suggest the following things:
- RELAX! You have plenty of milk.
- Stop giving bottles or pacis until you have the kinks worked out of breastfeeding. Go without them at least 4-6 weeks and start re-introducing them after that point...AFTER you and she have perfected your breastfeeding relationship and your milk supply is well established.
- Stop looking at the clock. Go back up and read the signs of EARLY hunger cues. Offer the breast whenever she shows those early signs of hunger. Do NOT wait until she's crying to offer the breast. Newborns might eat every more often than the textbooks say, so don't wait until 2 hours have past. If you want to know how long its been between feedings, count from the start of one session to the start of the next one. Sometimes that's less than 2 hours...sometimes during growth spurts that's only an hour.
- Stop pumping for now. Relax and enjoy your baby. You don't need to pump after every session to increase your supply when its obvious your baby is getting enough milk by producing enough wet and dirty diapers and meeting milestones and gaining weight well already. Remember, breast pumps are a modern invention. The human body doesn't need the extra stimulation to produce the right amount of milk for your baby. It works by supply and demand. The baby knows how much she needs, so you nurse her as often as she needs to, and your body will supply as much as she needs. If she goes through a growth spurt, she'll be sending you cues that she needs to nurse more often, and you will do that and your body will follow suit and produce more milk, and then your baby will have more available per session and will go back to the normal time spacing of feedings that's right for her.
We're here for you! It's alot of work to breastfeed, but try to remember not to make more work out of it for yourself than necessary.