Well, the breastfeeding conundrum continues in my household. Baby Girl is only 11 days old, and we’ve already been to the doctor 4 times to try to get everything figured out. Our main concern right now? That she gains weight.
Here is a link to my post talking a little more about what’s been going on so far if you want to catch up: They warned me it would be hard…
In order for her to get back where she needs to be, I have to put a little extra work into my already busy day. Here is what that looks like:
- We usually wake up around 6:45-7:00.
- This is the first feeding. For this, I turn on all the lights and put on the news or some music to make sure she knows it’s morning. She’s been a little day/night confused since she was as born.
Since I’m not making enough milk at the moment, I have two priorities with feedings: make sure she gets enough food and make sure to stimulate everything enough so my body starts making enough milk.
In order to do that, I have to:
- Breastfeed her no more than 20 minutes (5 min on the left-my lower producing side- and 15 on the right). The thought here is that since she’s not getting a ton of milk from me at the moment. She’s just burning calories trying to fight with my boobs. So, it’s better just to let her get on, stimulate them, and then move to the next step.
- Feed her at least an ounce of milk through a finger feeding tube. NO BOTTLES!! She can have up to two ounces if she’s really hungry. And she’s going through a growth spurt, so she’s really hungry.
- And lastly (kind of) I pump both sides for 15 minutes. The more I empty my boobs, the more they know to make milk.
All that’s left is sanitizing all the accessories I need for this process (nipple shield, HaaKaa, pump stuff…) and storing the milk I pumped for the next finger feeding (if I don’t have enough, I supplement with formula- I’ll post more about that soon) and then I’m done! It can take anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half to do the whole process start to finish.
I usually get done just in time to relax for about an hour and do the whole thing over again…
And that’s it. I basically live in a constant loop of feed, feed, pump. In between, I pick up the house, cook, eat, and try to relax for as long as possible. It gets exhausting sometimes- especially at 3:00 in the morning! But, it’s important to me. It’s so important to me.
I want to breastfeed. And I’m going to do whatever I can to make it happen. Of course, I’m making sure Baby Girl is healthy in the process. She gets formula when necessary. I’m keeping track of her pees and poops (although poop is another issue I will discuss in a later blog post).
I think it’ll all be worth it in the end. I know it will. I just have to stay positive and focused. But, that’s easy. I’m reminded of why I’m doing this whenever I look down at her adorable little face.
*And I should add as a note that my hubby has been so helpful and supportive through this process which has been amazing. He takes over some finger feedings so I can get right to pumping and save 10-15 minutes. He bring me water, helps me get comfortable, and holds her if she’s fussy while I’m trying to pump. He cooks dinner, does dishes, etc. etc. He’s pretty amazing.