I'm happy to report that there's no more pain with nursing! Boy are the boobies going through some transformations though! I've gone up a cup and underband size. My nipples remain more erect now... lovely! While Kerry thinks it's rad, I'm thinking more pain in the rear as now I have to wear super padded bras to dim the headlights. The nipple also seems to be tougher, like they're callused. I'm dreading what these babies will look like when nursing ends and they deflate!
Now that I have a more established supply, I've decreased the pumping after nursing from every time to an average of 3x/day. I just have to make sure I pump more qty than what I supplement with in order to keep a supply in the fridge. I also found that if I'm going to pump after nursing, I have to make sure I do it right afterwards and not get distracted with other to-do's or it interferes with having enough for the next feeding.
Tyler seems to still be in his growth spurt as he's hungry all the time! Every time I turn around, it's time to nurse again, according to him. He's feeling heavier and heavier, so I know he's gaining.
We started using the Medela special needs (aka Haberman) bottle. It's worked really well as we can adjust the flow rate just by turning the bottle while in his mouth. It simulates the breast best. All other bottle nipples have too high of a flow rate and makes him choke. I think he got this from me though as I swallow down the wrong pipe and choke all the time. So I guess he got my hair color and choking fits, that's it!
If you're BFing, I highly recommend the My Brest Friend nursing pillow! Love it!
With all the leak issues, I decided to start cloth diapering this week. While they are still a little big on him, they are fitting a lot better. Here's the initial results so far:
Thirsties Duo Pocket size 1: 1 worked well, 1 leaked right away
So Thirsties aren't doing so great. I really thought these would be my favorite dipes as they are very trim, super easy to use and very cute. I'll keep trying and see if I can figure out what the issue is, but so far, they need to get a little more thirsty.
FuzziBunz One-Size Pocket: 1 major leak
I didn't try this diaper more than once as I just don't like it. Seems many people love this dipe but I'm just not with them. For one, I hate the snaps. It takes forever to get this diaper on compared to velcro and I can't get as nice of a fit. The butt on them are huge on my little guy, so maybe he's just too small for these at this time. I'll give it another chance once he's gained some more weight.
BumGenius AIO size small: 16 worked well, 1 leaked right away, 1 leaked but was very saturated
BumGenius 3.0 Pocket: 3 worked well
I am LOVING BumGenius!!! They are made very well, are super easy to use, and most importantly, they work! They totally out perform my other stash.
You have to use cloth diaper friendly laundry detergent as most standard detergents contain ingredients that leave a residue on the dipes that cause the material to repel liquid. My first go was GroBaby Tiny Bubbles. Since I have nothing to compare it to, all I can say is it seems to work.
Same as detergent, you have to use a cloth diaper friendly cream that won't coat the material and leave it repelling liquid. I've been very lucky in that I haven't had to use any creams on Tyler since he hasn't had a rash to date. But I have Grandma El's and GroBaby Magic Stick on hand for when time comes. These seem to be a couple of the favorites out there.
We have to wash the diapers anyway, so why not throw in the wipes with them and save some more money! We use BumGenius flannel wipes and Quilter's Nappies. Both work great. I have an all natural solution in a spray bottle so I just spray the wipe, clean the baby and toss in the pail. Super easy and gentle on baby's butt.
It seemed that all diaper pails out there got bad reviews, so I decided to forgo the diaper pail and went with a standard trash can. I got the Mainstays stainless steel trash can from Walmart.
Tyler is brighter eyed and is getting chubby cheeks.
He sits with assistance and with his bobble head, he looks all around and makes funny faces. It's quite hilarious and entertaining.
He likes to look up and stare, not sure what he's looking at.
He's on the verge of smiling.
When he wakes up, he makes little noises and kicks me until I wake up.
He's definitely going through a growth spurt. He's now weighing 8lb13oz to 9lb according to the postal scale.
He's starting to spit up occasionally, but still only a couple times a week. I think it only happens when he eats too much, or too fast, or lays down too soon afterwards.
He sounds off in stereo now. His favorite combo is the burp-fart and cough-fart. It makes mommy and daddy laugh so hard!
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