I am so thankful to have knowledgeable friends when it comes to to an area in which I am complete newbie: Breast Feeding.
A person who is unfamiliar with breast feeding could easily comment “Breast feeding is just putting baby up to your boob. What’s so hard about that?”
Ah..dear inexperienced friend..it is not so easy.
I was told by the nurses in the hospital to start pumping immediately and do it often. I didn’t take them seriously. I didn’t think it was all that of a big deal. Turns out, it was and it still is.
Making the choice to breast feed has been a great decision for this house. No bottles. No waiting for food to be mixed or water to get warm.
Through the course of Daphne’s first 3 months of life I have noticed myself become increasingly consumed with breastfeeding. I have had a few issues (questioning my supply and Daphne’s latch) and am doing my absolute best to remedy them.
Breastfeeding may come easier to some mothers than others. This journey has been a bit stressful for me. I had contemplated quitting breastfeeding and have since implemented the SNS (Supplemental Nutrition System) into feedings.
My doctor is still displeased with Daphne’s progress, though she has gained 13 ounces over the course of 13 days.
I had vented on a friend’s facebook page and — wouldn’t you know it — one of her friends happens to be a LLL (La Leche League) leader. She read about my frustration and my issues and asked if she could call me to talk to me about it.
I was ecstatic.
I had previously sought help from WIC and left a bit dejected for many reasons.
Either way, here was a lactation specialist willing to reach out to me. I nearly cried.
Grace called and we talked for about half an hour.
She brought up many good points and tips:
-She found it interesting that Dr. Doom is so concerned with Daphne’s weight and health, yet does not measure any other parts of her body to indicate health (Head circumference, Length). She is basing it solely on the charts. (I fully intend on bringing up this issue with Dr. Doom at the next appointment)
-Not every baby can be in the 50th or 80th percentile. Someone’s gotta be down there at the bottom to even everything out. Some babies are just small. As long as they are hitting milestones and I do not feel baby has issues or troubles, baby should be fine.
-A healthy breastfed 0-3month old baby, according to the LLL, gains 4-7 ounces weekly.
-As for latching, support the breast with one hand and hold baby with the other. Aim the nipple to the roof of the mouth, not straight on back. Best time to work on adjusting latch issues is with a sleepy baby.
-Avoid the use of bottles and pacifiers. Any time Daphne is fussy, tired, or hungry, place her at the breast. Offer the boob first before using other soothing methods.
And here we segue into how I spent my afternoon.
I spent the afternoon with a very, very fussy baby.
I’m talkin’ about a crying mess on and off for about 4 solid hours.
I didn’t cave. We quit the pacifier cold turkey.
I suppose I could have weaned her off it by just offering it to her at night and not during the day. That sentiment would not have helped me this afternoon with a screaming banshee at my hip.
I stuck to it and offered her my breast constantly. She initially would just pull away and scream more, but as the evening went on she paid a little more attention to me once she realized that I am all she’s got.
By the end of the evening, she was tired. She ate well. She was calmed down and comfortable in my arms as I played scales with my free hand on the piano. She fell asleep.
Sure, she woke up a few times crying. Guess what I did? Popped the boob.
It may be a difficult few days for the Weaver household. However, I am hoping that with the pacifier gone Daphne will eat better and my supply will continue to be maintained enough for me to get off of the SNS and stop pumping. That’d be my ultimate goal.
Not only to stop tubin’ up or mimicking a milk machine, but also think of all the better pictures I’ll get of Daphne without a pacifier stuck in her mouth. Gotta stay positive, right?
T- Minus 4.5 days until weight check with Dr. Doom.