I'm a new mommy and have been reading your threads for support and information. I have just a few weird questions.
I delivered my son on July 12th, which makes him just shy of three weeks old. His birth weight was 6 pounds 10 ounces. When I went to the pediatrician, he weighed 6 lbs 2 oz. Since then, we've been nursing and I think gaining weight (our next visit is Aug 4th for a weigh in). We've had LOTS of wet/poopy diapers and his skin isn't dry like it was - nice and plump.
1. How many diapers is TOO many diapers? Some nights alone, I change 7-8 diapers - usually both wet and dirty. We went through a 40 pack in 3 days. I know there will be lots, but that just seems like an unusually high number.
2. Sometimes when I'm nursing, milk will come out of his nose. Is this normal? Is this really bad? Is it positional? Although he will nurse in almost any position, I have found the only way for him to relax enough is lying down on a pillow in my lap, with his head facing me. I feel bad for the little guy.
3. When is the best time to pump to build up a backup supply of BM? I have a double Ameda pump that I have been using, but I find it is difficult to find an appropriate time to use it. Either I feel like it empties my breast so completely that when he nurses, he isn't satisfied, or I'll pump and he's immediately ready to nurse again. We want to build up a supply for days when we want to go out and for my husband to be more involved in feeding him (his first daughter was bottle fed - and he really misses that aspect of caring for our son. I'm totally cool with it. He's a really good nurser with a great latch).
4. Have you guys found that your sleeping arrangements have had to change? Currently, we have a bassinet in the bedroom against my side of the bed. However, our son really prefers sleeping next to one of us, particularly at nighttime. I'm fine with this, but it's difficult for my husband to get any sleep since he has to be on his side to accommodate the LO. I tried sleeping on the couch with the bassinet, and got no sleep (he was extra fussy). He tried sleeping on the couch and got no sleep. What has worked for you guys for minimum interruption?
5. Are grunting, squeaky, and sheep-like noises normal when a baby is sleeping? Again, it only seems to happen at night, when we lie him down in the bassinet. I'm concerned about reflux, but why would it only happen at night and not during the day when I lie him down? Is it just him protesting? He seems very "talkative".
I know these are oddball questions, not all related to nursing. I appreciate your advice and knowledge in advance. I've had many good days and some really horribly insecure days. I come here often in search of inspiration - if other people can do it, certainly I can too. Thanks.