After reading a suggestion from a BFing book, I've been trying out feeding on demand around the clock, when possible. I let him nurse anytime he wants whether it's a meal, a snack or just for comfort. When he gets fussy I offer him the breast right away, even if he just nursed 15 mins ago, instead of trying everything else first. This has saved a lot of time as this is what he usually wants and gets in the end anyway.
As an adult who can feed herself, if I'm hungry or thirsty, I meet that need. Tyler relies on me to meet that need for him, so who am I to deny him because it's not time? I'm not forced to eat or take a drink of water on a schedule, so why should he? This has resulted in him nursing 9-11 times a day, with an average of 15 mins a session. He's a very happy boy with this arrangement and when baby's happy, mama's happy. I thought this would be exhausting, but I've found extra offerings is much less exhausting than calming a fussy baby. Some may think this is spoiling him, but I just see it as meeting his needs, physically and emotionally.
If this method continues to go well, I can stop stressing myself out about getting him on a schedule and worry about that when we get to solids. For now I just want to enjoy a happy baby and not watch the clock.
I read that letting the jugs get full slows down production as the body starts to think it's producing more than needed. So this on demand should help with supply.
I still haven't figured this out, but half the time he latches perfectly, the milk flows like crazy and makes for a very happy baby. Then the next time he will only latch onto the nipple which is painful, unproductive and makes for a screaming baby. If he knows how to latch correctly, why doesn't he just do it that way every time? I don't get it!
By the end of the week, my supply seemed to recover more quickly. Instead of taking 3 hrs to refill, it now takes about an hour. Righty has even started leaking if I go past 2 hrs.
He outgrew the BumGenius AIOs size small, even though they're supposed to last till 16 lbs. He's now in the mediums. They're a little big on him but will hopefully last him longer than the smalls.
This little man l-o-v-e-s his daddy! He grins ear to ear and starts talking up a storm when his daddy comes home.
He started giggling this week. He chuckles and goes high pitched while sucking in air. I could listen to this 24/7!
His coos are getting louder and are so stinkin' cute!
He smiled at his Grammy for the first time. I've never seen my mom more happy.
He loves it when we swing him through the air.
He loves seeing himself in the mirror.
He likes to look at the floor. I have no idea why. We'll try to get his attention but the floor is more interesting.
He's starting to show desire to sit up. He crunches his abs, lifts his neck and thrusts forward when we have him reclined. He'll sit up with assistance. I just let him hold onto my fingers and say "sit up". He lifts his head and legs and pulls. Once up, he holds onto my fingers and wobbles back and forth. He thinks it's the greatest thing ever and talks up a storm.
He started drooling big time! He can soak the entire front of his onsie.
He displayed his fussiness for the first time in public. We went for frozen yogurt and had to leave early.
He's definitely able to use his hands better these days. There was a paci sitting beside him and all of a sudden I heard a sucking noise. I turned around and he had the paci in his mouth. I was shocked!
While breastfeeding, he grabbed onto my nose and just held it the entire time. Wish I had a picture of that!
He's getting so big and is growing at lightening speed. People are commenting on how they can't believe how big he's getting.
He weighs 11lb13oz. He's gaining about a 1/2 lb a week. I don't know how accurate I measured, but his length is 24.5" and his head circumference is 15.75".
Show and Tell:
We had our monthly visit with our childbirth class friends. Tyler and Toby were so fascinated with each other. They sat and starred and smiled at each other forever. It was so cute!
Random pics of Ty:
Our walk in the park:
My mom's new credit card she had made (this is a draft picture, so the number isn't real):
I'm starting to lose tons of hair, especially in the shower. I've read this is normal after pregnancy and you're really not losing more hair, you're just shedding the excess hair that pregnancy hormones caused you to not shed. I'm glad I read that or I'd be panicking thinking I'm going bald!