Ok, I'm a brand new mom and things seem to be going great. I thought baby was latching well, happy, etc, but now I'm starting to really worry because it's the middle of the night (pediatrician closed), and she hasnt peed or pooped since 845am, almost 24 hours. I squeezed my nipple and milk came out, so she is apparently getting something, but I'm unsure of whether the diapers were really wet though they looked clean when i changed a couple today. Or if this is ok. I called the hospital where we checked out yesterday, and they said to just call the doc when they open, no big deal.
Hey, you should go by the weight of the diapers. A wet diaper in a newborn (assuming you have a newborn as you still have your pregnancy ticker up) is defined as 50ml of fluid. This is about 3 tablespoons. A good way to compare is to pour that amount of water on the diaper and compare the weights. Keep the water soaked one in a plastic ziploc so it won't dry out so you can keep using it to compare.
How old is your baby?
Are the eyes bright, is she alert, is her mouth moist? Is all of those are yes then you are probably ok waiting for the Pediatrician to open as the lack of poo is a bit concerning if she is under a few weeks old. If she is sleeping a lot with no pee go to the emergency room.
Thanks ladies! Of course after I got myself worked up, she just produced a big wet diaper. I'm still monitoring things, but that makes me feel better. She is 3 days old. Great idea on feeling the weight of a new diaper vs what she's in.
Yes, she is super alert, happy, etc. Just a new paranoid mom here, thanks. maybe I can catch a nap now before morning.
If she isn't pooing, there is a problem. From 4 days of age you'd expect 3 or 4 dirty nappies a day. Lack of poo = lack of hindmilk (fat makes poo). Can you get to an IBCLC to get your latch checked?
Is there hindmilk for sure at 3 days after birth? Everything I've heard says milk takes 3-5 days to come in. We just hit 72 hrs a few hours ago. I'm sure meconium could make poo, but definitively saying hindmilk=fat=poo, and no pop is a problem seems premature? I'm still learning so I could be wrong.
Before your milk comes in its common to have only one pooey nappy in 24 hours and a lot less wet nappies as well, after your milk comes in in the vast majority of cases you're looking for at least 2 substantial poos a day (some LCs and organisations would prefer to see 3 or 4) and 5-6 very wet nappies xx
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