April 16, 2011

Changes

First change needed is this blog! I've got to get rid of the pregnancy badges and switch to mommy ones!

Brooklyn is doing well. She was back up to 7lb1oz at the pedi appointment. Thank you Enfamil ready feed bottles (which cost a little more than a buck a feeding. . . ouch!). After pumping, I realized I must be having supply issues. Normal amount to pump for seven days postpartum is 27oz. . . I'm getting about 7oz though I'm pumping every three hours. So, I maybe get 4 full bottles to feed Broolyn a day. It's better than nothing, but annoying. I did call lactation at the hospital to see if I'm dealing with low supply. They have us going in today. I'm prepared for them to tell me to breast feed her, then formula feed, and then pump. Well, I've already decided that I will not do all of that to feed my baby. I have a feeling I'll be formula feeding and pumping for a while.

I took so many baby classes, I wish they had one on what happens when the baby comes! LOL I was not prepared for all of the mixed feelings. I feel so guilty for even saying that. Mr. LTM has been awesome. Last night demanded I sleep for eight hours. Yes, eight. So, I slept and woke up to pump (so annoying). He stayed with her from 8pm until 8am. I do feel better and hopefully I'm caught up for now.

My mother in law is coming tomorrow for a week! She's going to stay here while Mr. LTM goes back to work on Monday. I'm sure this isn't ideal for most, but I'm excited about it. She's very relaxed and determined to get me back to a normal routine. She said something about a photo day and a painting nails day! LOL I'll keep you posted.

Thanks to the girls who left comments saying my feelings are normal. It really makes a difference to hear that. I promise to repay the favor to my six (yes six) friends who are expecting!

4 comments:

mari2003 said...

Please update me with what they tell you! My supply is also low. I get 1 ounce for 3; 20 min pumping sessions.I can see your frustration. I may see a LC also. I really wanted to breast feed and substitute what I can't supply, but it seems like this isn't going my way either. Good luck M I hope they can help you out!

taraloliver said...

Hi hon :)
What you are feeling and going through is totally normal. It takes weeks for those new hormones to settle down. I was a mess for the first few months of Blake's life. I thought it was going to be much easier than it was, especially breastfeeding. I also had supply issues and after 5 weeks of pumping and supplementing, I decided to FF for my sanity :( Ive learnt being a mum that I feel guilty nearly everyday and many other mums feel the same; not because we have anything to feel guilty about, but because we are constantly worrying that we are doing the "right" thing and there is ALOT of conflicting advice everywhere... especially the internet.

Anyway, what you are feeling is perfectly normal :)

If you ever need to talk or ask any questions, just msg me on FB.

You're doing a great job mama xx
Tara_84 (TWW)

**Papps** said...

You're doing great! I hope they can help you with the lactation issues... and yay for getting 8 hours of sleep! Mr. LTM was awesome to help you out :)

Christina said...

As awful as this may sound, I'm glad that you are so honest about how things are going! It helps me to get a better understanding of just how rough weeks 1-6 will probably be. I think I'm going to just prepare for the worst and hope for the best as far as nursing, sleeping, etc..etc.. goes! I hear over and over from other moms that after week 6 things get MUCH better, and I'm sure it will be the same way for you too! Hang in there mama, you're doing just fine! And give baby Brooklyn a big kiss for me!!!! :-)