I hope I don’t jinx it… I’ve waited almost a week before blogging about it just to make sure… I think it’s safe to say…
WE FINALLY GOT BREASTFEEDING TO WORK!
It’s been over four weeks (and Baby Girl is only 5 weeks old) of meeting with the lactation consultant, pumping, finger feeding, crying, weighing, more crying, and a lot more pumping, but all that hard work has paid off!
I’ve waited four weeks for this. The day we finally decided to introduce our baby girl to a pacifier. On those days she seemed inconsolable, I would just think to myself, “not much longer… she’ll get a paci soon.” Well, the day is finally here.
And she doesn’t like it.
Why did we wait so long to give her a paci? That’s just want I want to talk about today. Here are my reasons for waiting a month to give my baby a pacifier. And my reasons for wanting her to take one now (aside from the obvious).
Thursday morning my heart broke a little bit. I’m just going to start with that. Seeing my little baby girl in that dentist chair, crying, made me feel like I wanted to grab her and run out of there as fast as possible (it also made me feel like a pretty crappy mom, I’m not going to lie).
It was a hard decision to do the procedure. We’ve been fighting with breastfeeding for over two weeks now. It wasn’t something I just up and decided to do.
If you’re considering getting your baby’s mouth looked at for ties and want to hear another mama’s experience, I’m here to share.
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From the very start, I knew I was going to have to use a nipple shield while I nursed. You see, I have an inverted nipple. Which means I have a problem.
Enter the nipple shield! Boom! Problem solved, right?
For the last week or so, we’ve been struggling with feedings in my home. The main concern was that my baby girl wasn’t gaining enough weight. She actually lost a significant amount of weight at one point.
You see, she’s been having trouble eating “effectively” which then caused my supply to drop to almost nothing.
Today, I’m happy to report that we actually have some good news on the feeding front!! Norah gained weight!! Not just a little weight. We’re talking a whole whopping 6oz in 3 days!
I talked before about what I’m doing to boost supply and get her weight up. You can find that post by clicking HERE. We have altered the routine just a little bit for my mental sanity. So, as an update, here is what we’re doing to make sure baby girl stays healthy and my milk supply doesn’t drop again:
Baby Girl turned two weeks old yesterday! (Cue the happy/sad/baby-blues/my-hormones-are-still-going-crazy cry) I can’t believe it. I know people say it goes by fast, and it’s only been two weeks… but seriously! It goes by so fast!
I’ve learned a lot about breastfeeding in the last two weeks. Some things I expected. Others I didn’t. Here’s a quick recap of things I wish I would have known two weeks ago and what advice I have for other new mommys:
One thing about breastfeeding I can say for certain is that it requires a ton of accessories!!! Seriously, I feel like breastfeeding has overtaken my home!
Not only are there are lot of things that you need to breastfeed (pump and accessories, nursing pads, Boppy, nipple cream, maybe a nipple shield, a shell or Hakka to catch let downs… and the list goes on) but those things can get kinda pricey!
One accessories for breastfeeding that I wanted but didn’t want to spend money on was a pumping bra- to make pumping hands free!
Well, instead of purchasing one, I decided to make one myself! In case you’re like me, and want to pump hands free, here’s how to do it without spending a dime!