Breastfeeding questions (XP)
So you'd think after the first baby that I'd have breastfeeding all figured out... :rolleyes: I must admit, it is a whole lot easier this time around. But I find myself worried about some things and I wanted to ask some advice.
So Micah sleeps. A lot. A whole lot. Last night he slept from 10pm to 5am. That's seven hours. I tried to wake him up at 12:30 to nurse, but he wouldn't. I tried again at 2:30, and he sucked twice, swallowed once, and fell back into a deep sleep I couldn't wake him from. He typically takes a 4-5 hour nap in the afternoons/evenings, which is almost impossible to wake him up from. Changing his diaper usually wakes him up just enough to half-heartedly nurse on one side. Often when I'm trying to correct his latch just a minute or so into nursing, he'll be so fast asleep I can't get him to nurse any more. Sometimes this happens before my milk lets down. But he does spend almost all his awake time nursing, so the sleepiness might not be a problem?
Also, my breasts lost that full feeling really early. I know that it's normal to lose the full feeling eventually, but everywhere I read it says around 6 weeks... not 10 days! So that's making me second-guess my milk supply, too. I was super engorged until we had our hospital stay. We went for at least 12 hours where he hardly nursed at all (I had a hospital grade pump I was using to take care of the engorgement), and then it was back to his normal - lots of sleeping, and nursing constantly when he was awake. And by yesterday (two days after coming home from the hospital), I felt completely empty. He never nurses very vigorously, and while I do hear swallowing, it's not as much as I remember with DD.
I've always had a hard time telling how many wet diapers a baby has. What if there are two pees in one diaper? I tend to have babies who poop fairly frequently, so I just change diapers when they're soiled. So how can I tell how many wet diapers he's having? His poops are very different from DD's. Hers were never seedy, and it always seemed like there was a ton of poop. Micah's seem dryer, though that could be because they're so seedy, and they are much smaller in volume, though they're usually pretty close to quarter-sized. But if we're going just based on how many diapers I'm changing a day, he's riding just on the lower end of acceptable.
All of this makes me nervous about my supply... and yet at his appointment on Monday he had not only regained his birth weight, he was over a quarter pound above it. And I'm reading online that once a baby starts gaining weight on breastmilk, they usually don't start having problems out of the blue.
So... talk to me here. Am I worrying over nothing? I feel like I'm getting mixed signals here. Half the signs point to a baby who needs more milk, and the other half seem to say he's fine. What would you do?