Breastfeeding has been by far the biggest trial of early parenthood. S latched on pretty well from the beginning and fed every 4 hours in his first couple of days. The hospital and lactation specialists pushed to do every 2-3 hours, but when I tried he wouldn’t do it until the 4 hour mark. Then we discovered he was jaundiced and I was told that is why he was not eating regularly – jaundiced babies are more interested in sleeping than anything else. when we got home from the hospital, I finally got him on a 3 hour schedule, though he was still slow to latch. His birth weight was 8 lbs. and he went down to 7 lbs, 8 oz in his first week, which was fine according to the doctors. After a few days, he went up to 7 lbs, 11 oz but he didn’t go above that the next time the doctor weighed him. They checked his bilirubin number and it was fairly high (17), so they referred us to a lactation specialist. Thank God for that because he started really fussing the day I got her number and did a back to back feeding, which worried me.
We went to the lactation specialist on Tuesday and she recommended getting a hospital grade pump and using that to pump an ounce after his regular feeding and giving it to him as well. So we were on a 3 hour schedule, but it took about an hour or so to get through the regular feeding (damn latching issues) and then 20 minutes to pump and another 10 or so get him to eat it. I was getting like an hour of sleep between feedings. YIKES! Anyway, I went to the pediatrician today and he has gained 9 oz, putting him at 8 lbs, 4 oz – finally gaining! So I’m scaling back the pumping and only doing it during the day. I hope to get some halfway decent sleep tonight. It feels like I’ll never get more than 2 hours of sleep at a time again, but I know this will eventually pass. One good thing is that my nipples are not that sore and my supply seems to be decent, so at least there’s that.
In other news, my mom is staying another week to help out with the feeding schedule. She has been a real help, though it will be nice to have our house back to ourselves and experience life as a 3 person family. Still, it’s pretty great to hand him off to someone I trust to do what she can when I’m done nursing.
Other BFing mamas, how’s it going for you?