Re: breast feeding...PLEASE HELP!!
her poops are the color and consistency they should be (yellow).
I can understand why you're a bit worried. It's hard when you read something that says "your baby should be doing x, y, z," and she's not doing it exactly as laid out. But if weight gain and wet diaper output are good, and the doc sees no signs of jaundice, and the poops continue to be yellow, I really don't see a reason for concern. She may just be a less frequent pooper than average right now. Who knows what the future will bring, though? She could pick up in frequency or even slow down.
However, she poops usually only twice a day. We have discussed this with the pediatrician and she has been seen by her. The pediatrician said she looks very healthy and no signs of jaundice. Her weight was also okay. So, the doctor told us not to stress too much about the number of poops as long as they were yellow and as long as she still looks and acts healthy. I honestly still do worry about it a bit, though.
Yes, that's normal. Experiencing rock-hard breasts is not a necessary part of breastfeeding.
Another question: I don't feel like i have ever experienced breast engorgement. Is this normal?
Yes. And if you're seeing yellow poops, I'm sure it is. One misconception many first-time moms have is that milk supply is something you get once- like a present on Christmas. And that, like a present, you can lose it. But milk supply is more like a garden: tend it (by nursing on demand), and it will flourish. Ignore it (by skipping nursing sessions or supplementing with formula) and it will wither. But even if you did ignore it, and it shrank away, you could increase it at any time by nursing more frequently.
my milk should be in by now, correct?
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