BFing has continued to improve each day. We're both still learning, but Tyler's latch is so much better and we haven't resorted to the nipple shield once. I'm not sure what makes the difference, but one session Tyler latches on immediately and goes to town. Then the next session his head bobs up and down like he's bobbing for apples and it takes him 10 mins to latch on. It's quite hilarious as his head goes up and down and side to side while he breaths fast and loud. Sometimes his air gets cut off for a second when his nose burrows in my boob and it makes a loud snorting noise. He gets the apple on most of his bobs, but he's so quick to bob back up that it's like he doesn't even realize it. I don't dare guide him in, that just makes him mad.
I nurse every 2-3 hrs followed by pumping right afterwards. I started the week off really well. My milk supply went up nicely and my milk jugs returned to full by the next feeding. Then somewhere towards the end of this week, I slacked off on the number of pumping sessions due to complete exhaustion and my supply started creeping down. What alarmed me was that my jugs started becoming soft at the next feeding and I wasn't getting as much when I did pump. I'm finding that the "demand" in "supply and demand" is very much in demand! So I'm working on the demand bit to increase the supply bit. No slacking off allowed for mama! If you see a long blog post from me, that means I'm doing well as I only blog when I'm nursing or pumping.
I'm still supplementing with breast milk as sometimes he just doesn't get satisfied with nursing alone. While my supply is better than when I was using the nipple shields, I'm still only maxing out at 2.5 oz from both jugs every 3 hrs. I was getting over 3 oz before the evil nipple shields. I'm hoping if I keep working at it, I can continue to increase the supply. But then of course, Tyler's appetite will increase and require even more supply... does this merry-go-round ever stop? =)
There are two things I learned from the LC that I forgot to mention in my last post...
The first being compressions. After the baby gets latched on, I'm to squeeze my boob with my free hand. I'm to compress when baby drinks (when the chin moves) and release when baby pauses. She calls this squeezing the juice box. This helps bring the milk down more efficiently.
The second being how to tell when baby is getting milk. Being a newbie BFer, that is one thing I really struggled with in the early weeks, so thought I would share for other newbies out there:
Gulping: This one is obvious as their chin/neck is moving at slow to medium pace and you can hear a big gulp. A pause in their chin/neck indicates a swallow.
Drinking: This one is the same as gulping except the sound is much more subdued and sounds like a repeating "Ka". The volume of the "Ka" is associated with the amount of milk being swallowed. Sometimes the sound level is so low that you can only hear it if the room is dead silent.
Pacifying: The chin/neck moves at a shallow rapid pace with no noise. They may pause to take a break, but this doesn't mean a swallow.
Tyler likes to have marathon BFing sessions. He likes to pacify or fall asleep after a few mins. So to nip this in the bud and to lesson the session time, I switch boobs every time he pacifies or drifts off. I also switch if it's taking him too long to latch on. I end up switching about 20+ times, but it keeps it moving along.
We tried putting Tyler in cloth diapers and it's a no go, he's still too tiny. We hope to try again in a few weeks. He's currently still in newborn disposables.
Tyler's growing a little. He's looking longer and has gone from feeling like a feather to feeling like there's a little weight to him. He pretty muscular. I think he's going to be tall and slender.
Tyler's take home outfit is getting tight lengthwise. Won't be much longer before it no longer fits. Mama's sad! I think I may just have to go buy this outfit in the next size up as it's my favorite (the brown and blue giraffe sleeper).
Tyler's kicks are getting stronger and he's quite the wiggle worm.
Tyler's finger nails grow like weeds. I'm fine tuning my skills at cutting the tiniest nails ever with baby clippers. I've done well and haven't cut him so far.
Tyler is starting to lose some hair on the top of his head. He's developing baby male pattern baldness. Not sure if he'll lose all his hair or not.
Tyler loves sleeping on mommy after nursing. If I try to put him to bed right afterwards, he usually gets upset. If I let him sleep on me for awhile and then put him to bed, he's out like a light.
Tyler has a love-hate relationship with his Moby Wrap (baby carrier). One time he loves it so much he instantly falls asleep and the next time he yells until you take him back out. It's really nice when it does work out because I can get so much more done.
We celebrated Tyler's 1 month birthday this week. Time is moving wayyyy too fast!
Show and Tell:
The loose skin on my stomach has miraculously tightened up. I thought I was stuck with all that extra skin for the rest of my life, so that was a very nice surprise. Still have a faint brown line, a little pooch and a belly
I think my body is displaying some fertile signs. My left ovary has been mildly achy and I've been having some fertile cervical fluid. I wasn't really expecting that.
No return of evil Aunt Flo yet due to BFing, loving that!
I've had a few requests for some mama photos, I'm working on it. It's hard when you're always the one behind the camera and when there is a photo opportunity, I demand that I be left out of it because a. I didn't have time to shower that day or b. I am so exhausted and looking quite homely or c. My jugs are hanging out because I'm nursing/pumping or d. All of the above.