Sorry this will be long, there are a lot of pieces to the puzzle ...
Little one is 6 weeks old and breastfeeding has gone pretty well, but there have been some odd changes lately, with green poo being the newest.
So here's the summary:
-- Breastfed right away (home birth), with a good latch
-- Was pissy his second 24 hours, nursing constantly but unsatisfied. Midwife believed he was getting plenty of colostrum but ready for real milk.
-- Milk came in at 48 hrs and instead of losing weight his first week, he gained.
-- Established a 1 poo per day pattern right away
-- At 2 weeks his weight was below his birth weight though I'd been nursing on demand. I'd been seeing green and yellow poo alternating.
-- Started to feed him *more* than he demanded, and he gained 11 oz the next 8 days. Seemed to increase supply, and got a plugged duct.
-- He's continued that rate the past several weeks, hitting about 1.25-1.5 oz a day on average.
-- At 4 weeks I started pumping a little, to store up milk. Dad & I aren't together and I want to store up milk so Dad can give me better breaks now and then. Had a lot of trouble getting anything pumped.
-- At 5 weeks I helped a mom with a medical emergency and fed her newborn alongside mine for a day. Also took hops. Big jump in supply, it seemed (and a plugged duct that resolevd quickly).
For the past week or so I've been noticing the following:
-- He seems starving, latches on, makes a face, and pushes my breast away (I don't see any squirting), then wants to re-latch so badly it's hard to get him to calm down enough to latch
-- While eating he'll squirm a lot, seems really uncomfortable, sometimes stops and shrieks, lets go ... I thought it was gas and would try to burp him, then he's scream and root at my neck
-- He'll refuse to eat any more, then seems starving shortly thereafter
-- Prolific, stinky farts
-- More diapers than usual (about 10-12 cloth per day, up from about 8), sometimes having a totally saturated diaper an hour after we took a saturated one off
-- I can only get milk to eject for a few minutes while pumping, but I can often get 2oz of milk in just a few minutes.
-- It seems sometimes like he's forgotten how to latch. Sometimes it's perfect, and sometimes he'll have my nipple in his mouth and seem like he can't find it - that never happened before.
For the past few days we've had:
-- Sudden increase in poo, from 1 every 1-2 days to several per day. SOme are yellow and foamy, a few have been green, some look yellow and mucousy.
-- Astounding volumes of spit-up
-- Very perplexing cycles of having a very full belly, and seeming starving
It's been typical since the 3rd week that he'll not burp after a feeding, but then later he'll spit up -- sometimes floods of spit-up it seems.
What I have NOT experienced:
-- Seeing milk spray when he lets go of my nipple
-- Leaking other than a few drops if I have no bra on and press the side of my breast with my arm (like during a diaper change), one side only
-- Feeling extremely full all the time (not sure if H cup breasts have anything to do with this ... maybe they can be very full without my noticing much)
-- Sensation of many let-downs (I can never feel my milk let down)
And: I'm having a hell of a time pumping; the past few days it's been tough to even get an ounce. SO I figured my supply was down.
Thoughts? It's easy enough to attempt to feed him from just one breast every 2 hours and help him "finish" that breast. I'm not sure how to mix in the pumping (I'd like to keep pumping once a day, storing about 2oz a day would help this single mom with rest and sanity).