Re: Fussy & crying instead of feeding/latching on?
Fussiness at the breast is common with newborns- it can take them a while to master the art of breastfeeding. It's also common with babies who have had a lot of bottles: babies are smart and rapidly learn that milk comes out of the bottle faster and easier than it does from the breast. If that's what's going on, the fussiness is your baby's way of saying "Hey, don't give me the breast again- I want that easy bottle!" Here are some things you can try:
- Get her to the breast sooner, before she starts to exhibit urgent hunger cues. Sometimes babies latch on more willingly when they haven't yet reached the frantic "I'm starving" stage.
- Try expressing a little milk onto the nipple or dribbling some onto the breast. The taste of immediate gratification may encourage your baby to latch on and suckle.
Here's a useful link on waking a sleepy baby.
And then she often just falls asleep at the breast for long stretches.
Watery, greenish-yellow BMs can be normal. They can also be a sign of inadequate overall milk intake or inadequate hindmilk intake. I would make sure to take your baby for frequent weight checks while she is still so small, just in case.
She has plenty of BMs every days, but they are often watery and greenish yellow. Is she not getting enough hindmilk? How do I change this?
One problem with using a nipple shield is that it can slow/reduce milk transfer. That's why they are supposed to be used only with guidance from a lactation consultant. If you can get your baby off the shield, you may see better results.
Yes, absolutely. Babies should be roused frequently to feed, especially if they are small, sleepy, or non-demanding (reference, see #6 under "Recommendations on breastfeeding for healthy term infants").
I have been waking her up every 2-3 hrs to feed, do I need to do this if she is sleepy?
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