My daughter is almost 4 weeks old. EBF, no supplements, no bottles, unassisted birth, no hospitals and all that entails. For the record, I nursed my oldest with no supplements until he weaned at age 3.
She was 7lbs 13oz at birth.
One week 7lbs 7oz
Two weeks(different scale) 7lbs 10oz
Three weeks 7lbs 10oz
Three and a half weeks 7lbs 15oz
She had meconium poops the first two days, then a normal yellow, seedy poop on day 3, day 10 and day 19. The one on day 19 I facilitated with a glycerine suppository.
She soaks very absorbent obv fitteds 12+ times a day. She is alert, happy and nurses every 1.5-2 hours. No hunger signs after nursing. Her latch isn't great (being evaluated for tongue tie Thurs - she has a severe upper lip tie) but with lots of compressions I see lots of swallowing and the typical suck-suck-pause. She is not lethargic and she has great muscle tone. She is not gassy and doesn't seem to need or want to poop.
She was jaundiced, and it presented on day 8 of life and was totally gone by day 25.
I took her to the pediatrician at 2 weeks and he wasn't at all concerned about her slow gain and not pooping. He said to bring her back at 6 weeks. Not sure how much I trust him, though, because he tried to force a copy of Babywise on me in the same visit. He's just the only pedi around that is okay with not vaxing.
I am driving myself crazy wondering if I am starving my child to death. I've never been an over producer but I did produce enough to grow my oldest. He did pretty much nurse round the clock until he started solids, but he had a good growth rate and pooped often. I have long suspected borderline IGT, based on several red flags, but I thought it would be better this time, not worse.
Do I need to be more concerned about her not pooping and gaining so slowly? Like, to the point of supplementing? I squall when I think about giving her a bottle, but I know, logically, that her being fed is most important.
We spend 95% of the day skin to skin, no exaggeration. I put her down to shower and change clothes only. We take baths and I wear her topless when we aren't nursing, which we do as often as she is willing. I keep her on the same side until she us done, wake her up by changing her and put her back on that side for another round to be sure she is getting hindmilk, compressing the entire time. Then repeat with the other side.
My diet is healthy and I drink a ton of water.
Anyone have any input?
Edited by L J - 9/27/11 at 7:58pm