A nurse who knits…

August 29, 2009

Delilah’s 1 week old today

Filed under: Uncategorized — yarnnut @ 9:45 pm

I can’t believe my baby is 1 week old today.  It feels like last week was only yesterday…

We’ve had our share of challenges this week.  When we went to the pediatrician for Delilah’s first checkup, we found out she lost 12% of her birthweight.  I was nursing her for 45 minutes at a time constantly.  It turns out my milk hadn’t come in and as of yet, the supply is still low.  So the pediatrician had us supplement her feedings with formula.  The plan was I would nurse her for 15 minutes then give her 1 or 2 ounces of formula.  Unfortunately after the second feeding, she got smart and decided that it was much easier to suck from a bottle than my breast.

The next day, I frantically called a lactation consultant for help.  We went to Rochelle at Babies in Bloom. She was great. I got help with positioning and latch. We also got a supplemental nipple system which is basically a bottle with a tiny tube at the end. You feed this tiny tube alongside your nipple when you breastfeed. That way the baby still stimulates your nipple so your milk comes in and the flow is much slower so that the baby won’t get addicted to the bottle. And your baby gets fed. We did well with this but Delilah still had trouble differentiating my nipple from the bottle nipple. And I ended up with the dreaded scabbed, bloody, and painful nipples. My milk supply was really low so I started taking Fenugreek tablets and mother’s milk tea.

On Friday, we went in for our follow up appointment and we were set up with a nipple shield to help my nipples heal. And our homework was to work on latching correctly every feed and to continue pumping to up my milk supply.

As of today, my milk supply is still pretty low but much improved from earlier in the week. I’m going to continue with the fenugreek and mother’s milk tea. Latch is still hard but at least my nipples don’t look like they were gnawed by a bear. I am going to seek support for breastfeeding because I still think it’s the best thing you can do for your baby. I desperately want to continue and will try as long as I possibly can. I do have to remember though, in the end, it doesn’t matter so much what the baby eats as long as she eats. Of course breast is best but I can only do so much.

In case you were wondering, no knitting has occurred since Delilah made her entrance into the world. I just tried to post a picture of her but wordpress is not cooperating. Maybe I’ll get to do it tomorrow:(

3 Comments »

  1. What a beautiful baby! And all that hair! Stay strong with the breast feeding. I recall it taking 10 days before I got “used to it”. I would grit my teeth during the latch on process. Oi! That was tough. After the 10th day, it was a completely different experience. I felt no pain at all. I also used the hand pump (Avent, I believe). I found it to be more efficient than the electric pump. I had one delivery with an epidural (which made my pushing inefficient) and one without. Pain is a definite motivator.

    Maybe Waldo will be relieved that he has someone with whom to share knitwear modeling duties. Congrats again to you and Matt.

    Comment by pia — August 31, 2009 @ 5:30 am | Reply

  2. Keep it up and keep trying. My Sister had such problems with breast feeding and had to see two or three lactation specialists! In the end, she was able to breast feed and felt that it was worth all of the trials to get there. I’m sure you’ll do it, too!

    Comment by Susan - Knitters Delight — August 31, 2009 @ 4:34 pm | Reply

  3. Hi There,

    One would think that breast feeding is easy and just comes naturally to mother and child, but it’s work. I have two boys and I only pulled off nursing for 6 weeks with my first. After getting some help from our lactation consultants, I was able to successfully nurse the second until he got teeth at 8 months old. Just hang in there, and do what you can, and please don’t beat yourself up over it. No guilt, no feeling like a failure. It is what it is and in the end you’re going to have a beautiful healthy baby girl. :)

    Comment by CambriaW — September 9, 2009 @ 7:40 pm | Reply


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