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In all my education, reading, and breastfeeding, here's my honest opinion.
First, with your supply, I think it will calm down a little once your body adjusts to him. In other words, it's supply and demand. If he's not nursing all of the milk, your body will stop producing so much of it. It takes a while to adjust, probably a few weeks of life.
As for the hindmilk, I've always been told that if they nurse for a good 10 minutes on one breast, the content will have changed over to hindmilk. There's only a certain amount of foremilk, just an "appetizer" of sorts. I wouldn't worry about that.
As for weight gain, I would talk to your doctor if you're really concerned. However, I do know that our family doctor told me they expect baby to have gained birth weight back by 2 weeks of life....you still have leeway. Be very careful of dehydration, though. You can check by wet diapers and by the condition of his skin. Is it ashy or is it moist and hydrated? If you gently "pinch" between his eyes, does it bounce back or stay pinched when you release?
As for poopy diapers, my little guy (he's 7.5 weeks old) had lots of meconium in the beginning. As he developed breastfed jaundice, though, they dwindled. He went two days without one at one point, when he was about as old as your baby. He subsequently pooped so much he blew out a diaper cover and all over his clothes! Personally, I'd check for hydration, nurse for 15-20 minutes on each side (at least), and talk to your doctor about weight gain if you're deeply concerned.
Most of all, trust your gut. If something doesn't feel right, then act. It's scary having a newborn around and all the what-if's.
Good luck and hope that helps!