Warning: This post is not for those who have no interest in nursing.:)
So, I finally decided to share my nursing woes on my blog because it rules my life. For those who nursing comes so naturally and easily you should be grateful (you know who I'm talking about- you are the ones knitting while your babe eats in the mothers lounge at church.:)) My experience has been less than ideal & here you go...
#1 My babies are born starving. Poor Ethan...he was screaming at us for days until we realized he was starving. Before I had Ethan I took 3 different breast feeding classes and they all said I'd have enough for whatever my babies needs are...
However, I don't produce enough milk to fill these little tummies. So this time after pumping like a mad woman to stimulate production in the hospital & using the SNS technique we decided poor Aidan just needed a bottle to eat. We only fed him after I nursed and he was still yelling- which was about 2 times a day.
#2 My babies are also very sensitive to what I eat...they are full of colic so I have to cut out all dairy, broccoli, chocolate, anything even a bit spicy or favorful, etc...you get the picture. I also use gas drops every feeding in the beginning (thanks to poor Ethan who taught us the hard way).
Sidebar: At this time I was also pumping 5-10 minutes after nursing to get my milk production up.
#3 I have to eat and drink like I'm at chuck-0-rama to even get milk I do!
So, we were getting along okay but I wondered if there was anything else I could do to get more milk. So when Aidan was about 2 months I went to the Lactation Station (love it) and talked to a consultant. I told her my story and she (to my surprise) said it sounded like I knew what I was doing and tried everything & that I just had bad luck. (Nice, I know.) But she did say that herbs can work to stimulate milk production for some women. Of course I thought it was worth a try!
I took Fenugreek which actually started to increase my production in about 3 days!! I was so excited. Then Aidan and I actually nursed exclusively for about 1 week!! And as much of a beast that nursing was for me I actully started to simi-like it. But of course it couldn't last...
When Aidan was almost 3 months we took a road trip to St. George. For whatever reason(new place, new smells, my hormones (I started spotting), etc)he went on a nursing strike (refused to nurse!). I kept nursing him at night and called Le Leche, the hospital lacation nurse, & the lacation station. They said to stick it out and he'll come around. After 2 weeks of pumping I started to get sore from the pump I was using so I went back to the Lact. Station to rent a pump.
While there the consultant told me that at about 2-3 months babies start to get picky. (Nice.) She also took a peek at me and said that my nipples may not be long enough to be stimulating his suck reflex. Wow!! Finally some method to my madness! All this time (with Ethan too) it may just be me!
So, with my rented pump in tow I headed home to be the pumping princess. Aidan has since refused to nurse completely (after many frustrating session for both him & I). So I pump. Don't think I'm that cool...I just can't deal with sick babies. The antibodies in breastmilk are my motivation to keep it up. I figure if I can get through the winter pumping it would be best for Aidan & I.
I've actually gotten used to pumping...I just have to plan my schedule around it since I don't have the luxury of my baby relieving me while I'm out. The worst is having to clean the parts each time I pump. But other than that I don't mind...Bob can feed the baby which is great & I don't have to nurse in public (which I was terrible at!)
So there you have it. If you ever wonder what I'm up to there's a pretty good chance a pump is involved. And when Bob sends Ethan in mooing I just smile and know that "this too shall pass.":)
Ethan took this one...we love the bumpo!
We are thankful for...
Ethan:"my teddy bear. "
Emily:"bob has a job & that Ethan is such a good little guy."
Bob:"pink floyd" (He just got back from the Pink Floyd Australia concert)
PS SIRI: Do you recognize this little onesie? You gave it to me for Ethan!!:) Thanks!!