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My baby was born on Thursday and is not pooping well and I am feeling really worried. He was having quite a few dry dipes, but he seems to be wetting a bit more since I have been doing more to get him to nurse for longer periods, and my milk just came in yesterday. He likes to latch on and fall asleep and it's hard to get him to wake up and nurse. I've tried stripping him to just his dipe and various positions but it doesn't make a difference. I'll hear him actively swallowing for the first few mins, I can see his ears wiggling, his cheeks aren't sunken in and his lips are flipped out, so I think his latch is okay. Although sometimes it feels like his tongue is not right and I pull back his lower lip to see if it's positioned right, but it's hard to see.<br><br>
He is just not that interested in nursing, i've never had a baby like this and don't know what to do. I've nursed 2 other babies and not experienced this. I know with time he'll get better, he hasn't been in the world too long, but in the meantime, I'm concerned about the lack of pooping. My other kids pooped practically every time they nursed, and they quickly got rid of the meconium, moved onto transitional stools, and then seedy bf poops. Yesterday, he still had tarry meconium stools. That was only day 2, but my milk had already come in (probably due to my 23 mo old nursing, since he's not doing so well). It was only teeny little squirts of meconium, not even large amounts, or turning green or brown.<br><br>
When he was born, he pooped a lot of meconium as soon as he was out because he was stressed, so I thought maybe he'd already gotten rid of a lot of it. But shouldn't he still be pooping something? He hasn't pooped at all since yesterday afternoon, 24 hrs. I think he is wetting more because he is getting some foremilk, since I keep encouragung him to nurse. Last night switch nursing worked well to keep him awake, everytime he'd nod off on one breast, I'd burp him to wake him and switch him to the other breast. But I'm concerned he won't get enough hindmilk this way. When he nurses, my breasts don't feel that much softer, so I worry he is not getting much. I have tried having my toddler nurse first, and then him on the same breast, so that hopefully he'd get the hindmilk, but I don't know if she drains it and he doesn't get anything?<br><br>
I am thinking about getting a pump and dropper feeding him expressed hindmilk, I don't know what else to do. I have an avent isis and have trouble getting much with it- any reccomendations for an electric pump? I've always heard good things about the ameda purely yours and the medela pump in style, but i was hoping to get one today and don't know if target or babies r us carry those, and don't know how long i'll need it, if the expense is worth it.<br><br>
I really need him to start pooping, his color is good right now, but i'm worried he'll get jaundiced. The kids have colds and now his nose is stuffy too, so that might be part of why he's not nursing well.<br><br>
Also, he keeps passing stinky gas that smells like rotten eggs, but no poop. I've never had a bf newborn pass anything stinky, does this indicate a food allergy or is it just due to the lack of pooping he is doing?<br><br>
When I've nursed in the past, I always have a let down that is a little bit painful, but I was always glad I could tell when my milk was coming down and could usually feel multiple letdowns during a feeding, so I could tell that they were getting hindmilk. Now I feel no letdown so I don't know if he's getting milk. I don't know if the absence of that feeling is because I have been nursing my toddler all along and don't have the overactive letdown I used to have or if there is an issue with my supply. I've never had supply issues and my breasts feel full, but I'm just trying to think of anything that might be causing a problem for him.<br><br>
This is all new to me so I really need suggestions/ideas please!
 

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I'm not sure what is going on, but wanted to send you a <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">.<br><br>
I think maybe a trip to the IBCLC is in order (if you can afford it). Call around though, because not all IBCLC's are created equal.
 

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Dear Nicandboys,<br><br>
Please get help ASAP. What's happening with your baby is exactly what happened with mine--born two and a half weeks ago. Please see my thread about reducing difficulties. Your baby may not have the same problems mine does, but you need to start pumping now to preserve your supply. Either buy a pump or rent a Lactina from a hospital, pharmacy or lactation center. I am so sorry that I didn't start pumping aggressively before my supply dropped. Now I am taking Domperidone and pumping 8-10 times a day as well as nursing my baby and supplementing with bottles of expressed breast milk and formula. (I used the sns some, but my baby still needs help with his latch and sucking, so it's not of great benefit as far as milk stimulation goes. Fortunately, he still seems to love to nurse, so nipple confusion doesn't seem to be an issue. Also, I have a two-year old, and I had to pick my battles carefully in order to have time to care for both babies.)<br><br>
My baby wasn't gaining weight back quickly enough. My pediatrician thought he was fine, but I think she doesn't fully understand the importance of the baby getitng the hindmilk or of the baby draining the breasts. Fortunately, I had great lactation consultants and knew enough to be concerned myself. Even so, it took two weeks before the lactation consultants identified my son's high bubble palate. He is gaining weight well and doing fine, but I'm still struggling with my supply.<br><br>
Good luck,<br>
Sarah
 

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Yes. Get a hold of an IBCLC and a LLL Leader. Get a good pump and start pumping. You must get milk into that baby.<br><br>
You say he was stressed during birth. What do you mean?<br><br>
Was he a bit early? Is he jaundiced? Did you have an epidural (hosp birth or home)? All these can contribute to "lazy" ineffective nursing and sleepiness.<br><br>
When you do nurse, use breast compression. "Milk" your breasts with gentle massage, no friction, to help the milk squirt into his mouth.<br><br>
Read this:<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/baby/back-to-breast.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...to-breast.html</a>
 

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I agree with what the other posters said.<br><br>
Just wanted to add:<br><br>
Re pumps and pumping - my dd was also a very sleepy, 'lazy latcher' with a bad latch to boot and I got so engorged when my milk came in. In this situation, my Avent Isis was useless. Because my dd wasn't nursing well and I didn't have a good pump, I quickly ended up with supply problems. It's very fixable though - I got an LC, rented a hospital grade Medela pump for a month or two and got my supply back up. If you have real supply problems, I'd go with the hospital grade pump first.<br><br>
Then I bought a Ameda Purely Yours. I got mine new for about $175 cause I bought it without the carry case. Unless you plan on pumping at work, I doubt you need all the accessories and cases which bump the price up considerably. I bought mine from a local LC. Ring around. I think the Medela PIS is very similar to the PYs but I went with the Ameda cause it was cheaper. The Ameda worked great for me.<br><br>
I use my Avent now if I travel. It's a great portable pump.<br><br>
And congratulations on your new baby!!
 

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the above plus everything else thats been mentioned...I wanted to note on the "lazy" issue though because all of my babies were like this, caused by severe jaundice.<br>
You can try taking a cold wet baby wash cloth and stroking the baby's cheek as you nurse. This keeps them a bit more alert and suckling.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> having some difficulties ourselves right now...hang in there
 

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He was born at home, no epidural or meds. He was not early. But it was a long, difficult labor and delivery. He was turned the wrong way and was a big boy, and I had problems delivering his shoulders. The midwife ended up pulling on him a bit to get him out, he was blue.<br><br>
I've been doing compressions and it's helped. he has had a lot of wet diapers today, but sitll no poop. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> He is not jaundiced, has really good color. I took him to the ped today and he agreed and was actually unconcerned about the poop. (Not that I'm going to go by that). I'm going to see an IBCLC tommorrow.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yes. Get a hold of an IBCLC and a LLL Leader. Get a good pump and start pumping. You must get milk into that baby.<br><br>
You say he was stressed during birth. What do you mean?<br><br>
Was he a bit early? Is he jaundiced? Did you have an epidural (hosp birth or home)? All these can contribute to "lazy" ineffective nursing and sleepiness.<br><br>
When you do nurse, use breast compression. "Milk" your breasts with gentle massage, no friction, to help the milk squirt into his mouth.<br><br>
Read this:<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/baby/back-to-breast.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...to-breast.html</a></div>
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nicandboys,<br><br>
I am glad you are going to see an IBCLC. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
I just had an idea. You say your baby was in the wrong position for birthing and had to be sort of yanked out. It is quite possible he has suffered some spinal misalignment as a result, which could cause him enough pain to fall asleep/pass out, when nursing, and to nurse ineffectively as well.<br><br>
How about a visit to a chiro or cranial/sacral practitioner? It has helped many.
 
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