Today Roo is 6 weeks and 4 days old and she is full term at 40 weeks and 2 days. At her weigh in today, she is 8 pounds 4 ounces – a little more than double her birth weight (my math sucks especially with lack of sleep!) of 3 pounds 14 ounces. She is double the trouble and double the cuteness with her chubby little cheeks!! 🙂
Her pediatrician says that she is doing so well that I can move to exclusively breast feeding her! I’m so excited and proud of myself!! The last month has been really hard. Pumping and feeding her has been one of the hardest parts of motherhood that I’ve experienced.
When she was still in the NICU, pumping wasn’t hard because the nurses fed her more than half the time. All I had to worry about was getting my breast milk to the hospital. At home, it has been twice the work. Yes, I’ve had help but it has been an exhausting challenge.
I know that there will be challenges with nursing as well but I hope that it will be a lot easier than juggling both. I will need/want to pump occasionally so that I can leave Roo and if she doesn’t nurse from both sides, which happens sometimes, I’ll pump the other side.
We also don’t have to fortify her milk as frequently. The doctor recommends it to help supplement her vitamins but only if we give her a bottle.
Now, I can go back to obsessing over which breast pump to invest in. I can send the hospital grade pump back!!! Now that I’m a ‘pro’ I think I’ll only get a single pump. I don’t need the double – unless I get a job outside of the home, which is very unlikely at the moment.
Woohoo for tremendous progress! I’m proud of Roo and of myself!
Thanks for all of your support and encouragement! Nourishing a baby, a preemie, is hard and a lot of pressure.