"grassy" newborn nappys - midwife says sign of underfeeding?
I read that the grassy looking nappies my newborn is having were down to too much foremilk and not enough hindmilk. she also has the mustard ones but every few look green and like theres bits of grass in it.
midwife says its a sign of underfeeding?! anyone know the truth?
this obviously worried me but then she said its fine because shes almost back up to her birth weight at 10 days old (started at 7lb 9, went down to 7lb 2 and day 10 back up to 7lb 6)
i'm panicing a bit because I dont think i'm a natural breastfeeder (i'm a worrier and dont like that i cant see the amount shes drinking to be able to measure how well shes feeding) and shes on the boob LOADS (as you'd expect from a 10 day old) so i'm not sure how I can get her to more foremilk when i feed until she's rolling off drunk on booby juice
It's possibly a sign of under feeding in FF babies but even then it's not the primary cause, what a cow of a midwife! In BF babies green poo is rarely if ever a sign of under feeding, please don't doubt yourself Hun, being almost up to birthweight at 10 days means yes your baby is getting plenty. I did know one lady where green poo was a symptom of underfeeding but her baby took many weeks to regain his birthweight and then started to lose weight again, also he never had any mustardy yellow poo and when he did poo very infrequently it was a small amount of greyish green sludge not what you describe at all xx
If you don't see a difference after a few days or a week of that then you could try block feeding.
The suggestion would be to the mother to use one breast per session, and to keep baby to one side for a "block" of time. In mild cases of oversupply, that may be a 2 hr block, in more severe cases, it may be 3 hr block, or in cases where mom has a monster supply, and has gotten no results from the shorter blocks of time, then a longer block of time may be recommended
some of the green not sure about the grassy but the green could be because of something you are eating. In which case keeping a food diary may help with that. Usually the first thing to try eleminating is dairy.
thanks, i have been using one boob per feed and keep checking by hand to see that theres milk there (which there always is) and put her back on.
also, as i've had a urine infection, i've been off dairy for the last 5 days or so in order to help with that.
i'll look into the block feeding but not sure its feasible for us as I have a toddler aswell so it depends how many times i'd need to block feed in order to solve it (would be possibble but needs some arranging!)
and yeah forgot to add,
yeah wieght gain is good so I wouldn't worry too much. Just keep an eye on the weight and the wet diapers as signs of getting enough milk.
Babies should gain birth weight back between 10-14 days after birth, so I would say yours is right on track
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