Simply Obvious

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So, to start off I got a new phone with windows operating system instead of Android and the WordPress app for windows is a PITA and posting pics is a hassle so I’m going to have to work something out.

Aside from my app problems. I will tell you about the ahh ha moment I had yesterday. It was more of a “duhh” feeling and I don’t understand why I hadn’t realized this earlier. After all, this is not my first. Here we go. So I was reading another blog and it had a infants schedule from naps to feedings and that’s when I thought “wait a minute Mia doesn’t take nearly as many naps as she should”. After reading that I decided to try something new the next day. I started our day yesterday by being very vigilant to her cues. When she woke up after her last full breastfeeding through the night. She had her first supplemented feeding and after her feeding she was fussy and crying. Any other day I would think she was still hungry and try to feed her and she would refuse and I would check her diaper. I don’t know why it just wasn’t clicking. Except this time around I walked her around the apartment and comfort nursed her and she calmed down and fell asleep in no time. Once she had woken up from her nap she was refreshed and after a bit was ready to feed again. We continued this routine all day and at 7 o’clock she had her usual bath, fed and by 8 o’clock was asleep.

 

I can’t believe that I almost gave up on breastfeeding. I genuinely thought our problem was using the lact-aid. Apparently the only way she will nap is by being nursed to sleep.

We both love nursing and I’m glad I figured her out just in time.

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Breastfeeding Relationship Love

image Even though I need to use a Lact-aid to help me breastfeed, we share a bond and a love that is indescribable. If I had to give a couple words… Pure, kind, precious, & beautiful, to say the very least. image I wish I could exclusively breastfeed but we had a rough start. Mia loves to nurse and I cherish every moment. Here are some picture of us breastfeeding through our 2 and a half month journey. image image image image image image image

My Medela Supplemental Nursing System

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Using my SNS on the 2nd while out and about.

After 2 months of struggling with trying to get my milk supply up, I have come to terms with not being able to exclusively breastfeed. I finally gave in and ordered the Medela SNS. I am using it to save our breastfeeding relationship, not to increase my milk supply but if it does i wont complain.

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First day using the SNS. Second time.

So far using the SNS is a bit of a PITA because it leaks and it has to be positioned a specific way. Besides that I love that I can keep her at the breast for full feedings. Instead of doing breast then bottle. This way we are able to avoid flow preference, which she was showing a bit of. Now I see why women say they have a love/hate relationship with their SNS.

I received the Medela SNS, May 17th, and by, May 19th, decided to order the original at breast nursing supplement system. I ordered the Lact-aid because it is much more discreet and reviews stat that it does not leak. I am super excited to receive it and will post about it for sure.

In the beginning

 

 

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Her is Mia less then 1 day old.

No one ever tells you you might not be able to breast feed exclusively. I had my second child, Mia on March 15. I had planned on breast feeding before my husband and I even started planning to concieve our second.

I breastfeed our son Jayden, which is now 5 for 3 months. Having being 19, I listened to a lot of bad advice, gave formula and weaned him after getting a stomach virus and everyone suggested I stop so he wouldnt get it and I did and he got it anyway. Hes was admitted for it.

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Mia 4 days old in the ICU.

Anyway, back to Mia. She was a 37 weeker, which I was not anticipating at all. She had jaundice, was terribly sleepy with a very week suck. At birth her weight was 5lbs 9oz and by day 4 had lost a whole pound. Now she was 4lbs 9oz. Very dehydrated in the ER she had an very bad vitals and was rushed to the ICU. There she was put under photographic therapy.

She remained admitted for 5 more days and in those 5 days I was offered a pump but no one knew how to use it. I requested a lactation consultant a couple times and she never showed. Still breastfeeding while there, I was thinking she was stimulating my supply enough. Boy was I wrong.

Lets fast forward to 3 weeks postpartum. She was not gaining weight and it was suggested I give a little formula after most feeds.  I was extremly down on myself for not being able to exclusivley breastfeed.

While on some formula she gained weight. Now at 8 weeks, I’ve tried everything I have read and been told to increase my milk supply with not much luck.