So, after a struggle mid-week when my milk wasn't coming in fast enough to please little Kate (LOL), it is now coming in with a vengeance! I haven't done ANYTHING to stimulate extra production - no supplements/teas, no pumping, and no marathon BFing sessions. However, now that my milk is in it is really IN! (My mom always said that she produced enough milk with her babies to feed a small 3rd world country, and I guess I'm following in her footsteps!) I seem to have more milk than Kate can keep up with... today at each feeding we have basically been feeding off of one breast and maybe a tiny bit of the second.
She's had a bunch of dirty diapers in the last 24 hours, many of which are still meconium (not sure why). We haven't really seen a "regular" BFing diaper yet because it's all been mixed with meconium. Well, tonight she had a poop that was very watery and quite green! (On the wipe, it looked almost electric green.) I thought I remembered reading that green newborn poop wasn't a good sign so I googled it tonight and found that it might be a sign of her getting too much foremilk and not enough hindmilk, which would make sense considering how "full" I am feeling. She's also been pretty gassy for the last 2 days, which I read can also be a sign of too much foremilk.
So, I have two questions... 1. Has anyone else had this issue, and what worked for you? and 2. I keep reading things (and the LC at the hospital at the beginning of the week mentioned this as well) that say it's important to make sure you have drained the first breast before going on to the second. Um, I realize this is a dumb FTM question, but how on earth do I know if I've drained it??? I can feel when I'm engorged and feel when I have LESS milk in there but I honestly have no idea how to tell if I've actually drained it and gotten to the hindmilk. Any ideas??? I usually feed Kate on one side until she stops eating and I can't get her to latch on again, and then I usually burp her (to wake her back up, LOL) and do a few minutes on the other side until she reaches that point again. Pretty much every time I take her off there is milk dribbling down her cheek so I don't think I've ever reached a point where nothing more came out... and I'm not sure how I COULD reach that point if I can't get her to latch back onto the first breast.
I'm reluctant to do anything like pumping that could increase my supply anymore, both because I don't want to intensify the problem and because as of tonight I had to start taking my antibiotic, which means we have to introduce a formula bottle to give enough time between me taking my dose and her feeding. So, I already probably have a bit more supply than I will need in the coming weeks.
Also, I'm a little worried about my hindmilk anyway. I have cystic fibrosis, and one of the components of that is that my exocrine (digestive) pancreas no longer really functions. I take synthetic digestive enzymes to eat but still don't absorb fat very well. Most of my CF friends have been able to BF their children with no problems, but there does seem to be a small subset of the population who don't produce hindmilk because they don't process fat well enough. So since I'm seeing these potential signs of foremilk/hindmilk balance, it makes me very concerned & motivated to figure out if the problem is just oversupply and she's not getting to my hindmilk because I'm making too much foremilk, or if I legitimately am not producing hindmilk.