I also posted this on BFAR.org.
I don't even know where to begin...I'm just having major anxiety because I'm not sure that my newborn is getting enough.
Here's what is going on:
I had a breast reduction when I was just 17 in 1994.
I am tandem nursing...I'm still nursing my 28 month old son and I have a 8 day old newborn baby girl.
Baby girl was born at 7 lbs 12 oz, and left the hospital at 7 lbs 4 oz. At her appt on Friday (6 days old) she weighed 7 lbs 5 oz. So she had only gained one ounce since she left the hospital on Monday. Could be that she lost more and we didn't know it before she started gaining.
Doctor wants her back this week for another weight check...I have sooo much anxiety about going to that appt.
She has not pooped since Monday night. Tomorrow night it will have been a full week. She had three BM's the day she was born and then a huge one Monday night. She has been having tons of wet diapers though...at least 8 per day and most are VERY wet. She toots like crazy and is very stinky...I don't get why she isn't pooping. I know BF babies sometimes go a week without pooping but not usually one week old babies...at least from what I read.
I felt very full and engorged right when my milk came in but now my breasts aren't sore at all and are soft. I can still express quite a bit though, even after she nurses.
I never nurse my son first...I always let the baby nurse first and then I will let him and he seems really happy and tells me that the milk is yummy in his tummy. Since he is old enough to tell me...I do know he is getting milk so there is milk still there after the baby nurses.
Baby girl seems content or falls asleep after every nursing session and has not been fussy at all. That leads me to think she is getting enough...although I have read that sometimes babies who do not get enough may seem like "easy" babies because they are conserving energy because they are not being fed enough. That breaks my heart to think she may not be getting enough.
I have not pumped at all because when I was nursing my son more often when he was younger, I was never able to pump much and I have figured that he is sort of serving as my pump...I nuse baby girl and then he nurses and shouldn't that be helping my supply?
I have been eating oatmeal, making sure to consume enough calories, drinking lots of water but have not started any herbs or anything (it has only been a week) and I'm not sure if I should start them now or wait it out to see if I'm just overreacting.
My son seems so happy with the amount of milk he is getting and that is even after the baby has nursed so it doesn't seem like I have a supply issue...baby girl seems to have a really good latch and a LLL leader checked her latch and said it looks good.
I have not leaked at all but I never did with my son either. I can express milk very easily and was not able to as easily when I was nursing my son more often when he was younger.
My son is only nursing maybe 3-4 times per day. Baby girl is nursing at least 12 times per day.
I do breast compressions during most nursing session with her and can hear her swallowing even more when I do that.
I had to supplement with my son but after taking herbs, DPD and lots of pumping I was able to get supplementing down to just 1-2 bottles per day.
Can anyone offer any help or reassurance? What should I do? Should I pump after every nursing session that my son does not nurse after? Should I start herbs?
I was honestly hoping that it was true that after BR surgery, that I may have to supplement when nursing my first but wouldn't have to for subsequent babies because the ducts will likley have repaired themselves. Maybe that is too good to be true for me...my eyes are watering as I type this. I have never been so determined about anything in my entire life and I know supplementing isn't the end of the world...and I should feel so proud that with all of the struggles with nursing my son...he still nurses 28 months later...but I just want so badly to exclusively nurse my daughter. I feel like even the LLL leaders I have talked to can't really help me much...I am nursing after BR surgery and tandem nursing...just not very common situation and I am not sure where to get help.