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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Random thoughts

Alec is almost 6 weeks old.

I have finally come to the realization that I'm a stubborn ass. Ass as in donkey sense of the word. Sometimes, being stubborn has served me well, and has helped me accomplish things that I wouldn't have been able to otherwise. But other times....well...

I *just* called the lactation consultant at the hospital today. I explained that although I have been pumping steadily every 3 hours or so since the first week, my milk supply still leaves A LOT to be desired. By the end of the day, I'm lucky if I can collect a whopping total of 2.5 ounces from both breasts. Alec has only been latching successfully for about 2 weeks now, so he does get nursed (usually) before every feeding with formula. Unless we're out of the house, or when people are over at our house. What can I say? I am a new mum, and very shy and a little on the insecure side about mine and Alec's ability to nurse properly. Even with my mum in town, it was tough for me, as at that point, Alec still wasn't latching without the aid of a nipple shield.

After telling all of this to the Consultant, she basically just let me know that unfortunately, I am just stuck with a low milk supply. But she said to stick with the pumping because then I will give Alec whatever little breastmilk I can. What I can't fathom, is how in the world am I going to keep doing this, without losing my mind!? It's already starting to take a toll on me. I hate it that I can't provide nourishment to my child. I actually can't stand it. I asked her about Reglan (booster for milk supply), and she said that in my case, it wouldn't work. that's my bitchfest for the week.

In happier news, we had Alec's one month check-up last Wednesday. Our Royal Tininess is no longer so tiny! He weighed in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces (remember, he was born weighing 5 pounds), and is now measuring 20 inches long. Alec changes and grows every passing day. He's now outgrowing some of his newborn-sized clothes....eeek! He eats really well, and is essentially a nice and chill baby.


Ella's Mom said...

I'd get a second opinion. I don't buy that LC's "advice" at all. It's never too late to boost your supply.

I found that eating oatmeal & drinking A LOT of water helped a lot when I was in your shoes. I also tried the specialty teas when I was reaaallly struggling. Get your babe on the breast as often as possible. The more he sucks, the more you'll produce.

If you're really serious about making this work, I'd totally get a 2nd opinion & keep calling around 'till you get someone that's willing to work with you. It doesn't sound like you're ready to give up yet & you don't have to if you don't want to.

As far as nursing in front of other people, I highly recommend practicing in front of a mirror -- you show a lot less skin than you think you do.

You're doing a great job, Monica!!

Max said...

I agree with above posters advice about getting a 2nd opinion. There are so many ways to boost supply.

I hope our conversation last night helped a bit.