Hello (: I'm new to this area of the forum.
I just recently gave birth to a baby girl on 1/18 and she's a heathly 9 lbs 6 oz. But we're having some issues...
She is awful about latching on, so I broke a 'cardinal rule' and pumped and gave her a bottle. This won't be an unusual occurence however since I have a class on Saturdays and I'll be gone 5-6 hours. But it's gotten to the point where I just pump and give her the bottle because of how distressed she gets, I feel like a terrible mother. Is there anything I can do about it? I do the football hold nearly every time I try breastfeeding as this is easier because my breasts are so large and heavy it's difficult to 'manuever.'
Also, is she eating too much? She's 3 days old now and based on the bottle feedings she's had (has had only 4 bottles so far) she's eating roughly 2 ounces of milk at a time, and from what I've read that's a LOT for a 3 day old baby.
Next issue, soiled and wet diapers - there's a lack of them today and it's making me incredibly worried. She had a small small stool at 11 PM yesterday. And last time she had a urine was at 8 am this morning, possibly one at 3 pm but if it was one..it was very small amounts.
Is it time to call the hospital? Or am I being an overly worried new mom? When should I start to worry?
She does burp sometimes after feedings, and I hear tummy noises which I assume mean she's digesting. Is it possible I'm not getting enough fluids or something that leaves my milk less than perfect and her needing more? Maybe my nipples are the problem?
I could ask a million questions...but someone please try to help this new mama out (: