I’ve been reading about oversupply and foremilk/hindmilk imbalance and a lot of what I’ve read feels familiar, but not everything. I could really use some advice and insight and just moral support!
My baby is six, almost seven weeks old. The pregnancy and birth were healthy and uneventful and I had no drugs during labor. She nursed about 30 minutes after birth and had a good latch, and we have had no problems with that. She is a champion eater. However, for the past three weeks she has had green poop and painful gas.
My doctor suggested that I cut out dairy and I’ve been doing so for about nine days. However, think the problem may be a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance, so for the past five days I have been nursing her on one side at a time, only giving the other breast after 2+ hours have elapsed. I confess I was expecting this to address the problem right away and I feel discouraged that it hasn’t. Yesterday she did have one poop that was more yellow than green, but this morning we’re back to the same old messy green bowel movements and lots of crying passing them.
Here are the basics.
-Feeds every 2-3 hours (at night more like 3-4 hours). Since I’ve been nursing on just one side, she sometimes wants to nurse a second time on the same breast within the 2-3 hour timeframe
-Baby does not fight the breast or choke
-Straining, waving her arms and crying from gas/when trying to pass poop
-Green green green, stinky, very liquidy or mucousy, high volume poops for the past almost three weeks. Prior to that she had normal mustardy seedy poops .
-Poop seems frequent though I haven’t logged it… I feel like I change diapers constantly…probably 15 times a day but that’s also because she hates having a wet diaper.
-Rarely spits up – maybe a few times a week, and not much when she does
-Big weight gain – she was 7 lb 3 oz at birth and after five weeks was 10 pounds. I haven’t weighed her in more than a week but she looks huge to me.
-Feed on demand
-Not pumping at all
-Breasts do get soft after a long feeding (I have been reading about others whose breasts remain hard)
-No leaking inbetween feedings
-Only sprayed a couple of times when she came off unexpectedly and it wasn’t all that dramatic
Does anyone have any advice? She is normally such a happy, smiling baby. Her squished up crying face and pained arm waving make me so sad! Thank you for any help you can offer.