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:(