Excuse any typos- I'm typing on my phone one handed. The other arm has Mr Reid who flat out refuses to sleep anywhere but on my person. Oh well, one battle at a time.
Right now I'm in the middle of a 3-5 day ordeal, and I had forgotten about this part. I figure many of you are first time moms, or may be experienced but forgetful like me, so I may as well post about it as a heads up. Here's the problem right now: Reid is hungry. Like, REALLY hungry. And I don't have any milk for him because typically your milk takes 3-5 days after birth to come in. I feel like a lot of resources rely gloss over this part by casually mentioning it, but throwing "collostrum" out there like its just an easy substitution. Your baby won't have any milk to drink, but never fear; he'll have collostrum! Rich in protein and antibodies, collostrum! What noone really dwells on is that if your baby is really working it, he may be able to squeeze a teaspoon or two of collostrum out of you, but what he's really hungry for are the several OUNCES of BM he'll be able to ring out of you once your milk sees fit to show up.
I've heard that some babies are so sleepy during this time period that they barely notice that they are literally starving, but neither of my boys fell in to that category. They've both got a flair for the dramatic. I can't imagine where they get it from. So instead of sleepily bouncing along, blissfully unaware of starvation, first T and now Reid through major league days long hissy fits about it. Reid has gotten to the point where he basically refuses to do anything except cycle between crying hysterically, attacking my breasts like a shark, and passing out (still attached to the nipple.) In BFing circles this is known as cluster feeding, and should be a violation of the Geneva Convention.)
So, just like with T, I started freaking out and trying to decide if I should let the nurses give Reid some formula. Only this time around, I had a smart phone so I could read about other people's experiences. And what I read was, this is normal, and yes it's really hard, so stop expecting it to be easy. For some reason, just knowing that its not supposed to be easy cheered me up a lot,, and made me ready to keep trying, which is why I wanted to share it with all of you. Also, apparently all of that cluster feeding will make my milk come in faster. So, we're waiting it out here. Good luck to all of you when you hit this phase. Just remember, it's not supposed to be easy....:)