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sure about hindmilk?

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I mentioned to my midwife on the phone that my three week old slept four hours last night, after a couple of days of not being able to put him down at all. I think she misunderstood me, because I didn't feel he was nursing too often, but he sleeps better when held or in bed with me. Anyway the midwife said I wasn't making enough cream and suggested I needed to eat more calories. I had already been trying to be sure he was getting enough hindmilk by burping him and putting him on the other side if he seemed to fall asleep too quickly. I also get a good let-down rush, sometimes several times during a nursing. I leak, and get let-down a few minutes before he wakes, often.

How do we know baby is getting enough hindmilk? I nurse on demand and don't really pay attention to how long or how often. He isn't weighed frequently, but at nine days was the same as his birthweight. He is noticeably bigger, and soaks his diapers. He poops with almost every nursing; sometimes a small stain and sometimes a lot. It is yellow again; while he was jaundiced his poops were watery and more green.

Any thoughts or experience?
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I'm surprised to hear your midwife said this. as long as he's pooping and peeing, he's fine. at least IMO (and my LC agrees) your baby doesn't need to drink only one side for 15 minutes in order to get the hindmilk. That is not 100% proven and in my personal situation, ds has always been a snacker (5 min. at a time) and is 20 lbs at 4 months ebf.

I wouldn't worry.. I bet he's just fine the way he is... just check on the poops and pees..
and my advice... lose the watch.. I freaked out every time my dd nursed less than 10 min. each side, now with my son, he has NEVER nursed for more than 5 minutes at a time and like I said, 20 lbs at 4 months. so just nurse on demand, make sure he's pooping and peeing and relax! (and I don't know what to tell you about your MW but I would be concerned since what she says doesn't seem very accurate IMO)
yes, i agree- i have never looked at how long he's nursing. if he falls asleep & i am uncomfortably full i'll put him on the other side. he usually needs to burp anyway. i think he is more high-need than underfed.

but what are the signs of not enough hindmilk,so i know ?
I have read the signs are green & VERY liquidy poops (without any curds).. I don't know if this is 100% accurate, this is what I read.
Green stools that almost look like grass cuttings are sign that baby is getting too much foremilk and not enough hindmilk. If baby's poops are normal then I would say that baby is getting what he needs. If he has green poops it's definitely you would notice.

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