My newborn is now 4 days old and I'm worried about his feeding. He latched on to the left side only in hospital and is still really struggling with the right. He keeps pushing my nipple out with his tongue. He's had 3 wet nappies since born but I can see some orange in then which Ive read means urate crystals. He is so sleepy I'm finding waking him very hard. How can I get him to properly latch on?
I don't want to worry you (I hope someone else with more experience will post about this because I'm not 100% sure about this) but you said 3 wet nappies since birth and he's 4 days old. That doesn't sound right to me. Did you mean 3 per day? Either way, I think it's ideally supposed to be 6-8 per day so I would definitely seek advice by giving the midwives at your hospital a call. I believe urate crystals are quite common and don't always mean dehydration, but when combined with low urine output it does sound like LO could possibly be dehydrated. If it was me I'd give the midwives a call, that's what they're there for.
With regards the nursing, I remember my LO had a favourite side - I think it's quite common. Please try (I know it's hard) not to be stressed when you're feeding or your baby will pick up on it and that won't help you. Just try to feed as much as possible, and offer both sides, don't just feed on the one he prefers. xxx
Thank you for your replies. I've been doing some Internet searching and it seems there should be one wet nappy for each day of life. He was born just before midnight so I guess he is technically 3 days old today. He has just had another wet nappy so that's 3 today ( and 1 over the last 2 days). I just relaxed on the couch with him and took his sleepsuits off and he fed for 20 mins on the side I've been having issues with. I feel so much better. You're probably right, he may have been picking up on my stress. I feel like my milk is coming in now so I'll be expecting lots more wet nappies if things go to plan. X
In the first 48 hours it's normal to have only 2 wet nappies as the colostrum isn't very watery and is in teeny tiny amounts once milk starts to come in though the wet and pooey nappies should start to increase xx
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