Re: Need Help badly.. with breastfeeding newborn
Congratulations on the new baby!
Don't worry, 2 oz from both breasts is plenty for a very young baby like yours!!! And don't judge your milk supply by pumping, as babies are generally much better at getting milk from the breast than pumps are.
My milk has come in, but its not alot I think.. I pump and get about maybe 2oz. sometimes way less, and that is from both boobs..
Sounds like a normal newborn to me. Latching on is a learned skill, and your baby will get much better at it as time goes on and her head control improves. Sometimes it's easier to latch a baby on before she starts to cry- when a baby becomes frantic they often forget to latch on because they are so upset and don't yet understand that just a few sucks will make them feel better.
I try to breastfeed my daughter, but she just wants to fight me all the way and screams and crys and holds her mouth open and reaches from side to side..
Sounds like your baby might be a little sleepy. Is she jaundiced at all? That can make a baby very tired. Some things you can do to keep your baby awake at the breast include:
She will latch on and suck a few times or more, then falls asleep.. I take my nipple out and she will sleep for a min, but then I will try to wake her up so she can eat more and we start all over again with the crying and fighting.. What does all this mean????
- Undress her, so that the cool air keeps her awake.
- Wipe the soles of her feet with a damp washrag, or wipe the washrag against the grain of the hair on her head.
- Try breast compressions to keep the milk flowing
- Try switch nursing- the moment suckling slows, switch the baby to the opposite breast.
I can understand why you feel so stressed out, but it really sounds like things are going well! I don't think there's any need to go to formula, but I do think you should see a lactation consultant just to put your mind at ease, and maybe teach you a few tricks to make nursing easier.
I am so stressed out about it, I am about to go to formula..
This is all 100% normal. All babies spit up. Sometimes they spit up a lot. Hiccups are normal. And many breastfed babies move their bowels every time they nurse, or even more frequently, as breastmilk is a natural laxative. The poop you describe- "yellow with chunks in it"- sounds like perfectly normal, healthy breastfed baby poop. It's great that the poops are yellow- that means she's getting plenty of cream from you. If your baby's poops were green you might have cause to worry, because that sometimes means the baby isn't getting enough fatty milk.
She spits up alot has the hickups ALOT, and everytime she farts its a wet one.. yellow with chunks in it.. (tmi, sorry)..
Eventually your baby's pooping will slow down to 1-2 per day, or even less. But at less than a week old, what she's doing is normal.
Hang in there! I really don't think you should be worried.
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