We have had Roo home with us for two weeks now. Those two weeks have been the longest and the shortest! She is getting stronger every day and has gained a lot of weight – at her last weekly weigh in she was up to 5 lbs 9 oz. Our baby girl is growing!!
My mom brought in a post-partum doula to help us last week for a night. She was nice but there were some downsides to her as well. What I loved was that she watched Roo all night and I could let my mom get a good night’s sleep. I also was able to sleep better because I wasn’t feeling guilty. I still had to pump of course but it was nice to have someone watch her while I slept between pump sessions.
I didn’t like that she was pushing attachment parenting on me. I’m all for attachment parenting for those who believe in it but it isn’t for me. She told me that children who co-sleep are better children and I just don’t agree. She said that the only way to properly feed a baby in the middle of the night is to co-sleep, etc. I just tuned her out. We have one more night with her and we will bring her in for a night when my parents go away for the weekend. I highly recommend bringing in a night nurse/post-partum doula to help out at least once or twice! If we do it again, I might find a different person to come in and help.
I also visited a lactation consultant. She was awesome!! Since that visit last week, I am more confident in my breast feeding skills and Roo is doing well (she still only does two whole feeds on the breast to prevent too many calories burned) and I’m confident that my mill supply will go up as her needs go up. Actually seeing my supply increase as her needs increase.
I started taking one fenugreek tablet a day, which seems to help. I also see increased production in the pump session immediately following one of my nursing sessions. I love it!!
Pumping every three hours is still the hardest piece of this. I’m so damn exhausted from waking up this often that I can hardly believe I can write this post! I know that babies who are breast fed exclusively also eat every three hours but the pumping part is really taking a toll on me. It helps to have the additional pump parts (thanks, Beth!) but it is hard to pump. I’d rather have Roo at my breast 😦
I can’t wait until I can exclusively breast feed her. Our pediatrician says that I can wean her off of the milk fortifier, which is mixed in with my breast milk, once she hits the 50th percentile. She is at the 7th percentile right now. We have a loooooong way to go.
Are there any other moms of preemies who can share their experiences transitioning from bottle with fortifier to exclusively breast feeding?
Thinking of you all in my sleep deprived haze!!