Weight issues and Breastfeeding....
The first few days at home were stressful, but not nearly as stressful as being in the hospital.
We took Ian to the Dr that Friday (the day after Thanksgiving, Nov 23) to get checked. They wanted to check his weight and jaundice. Unfortunately, he was down to 7lb6oz (from 8lb5oz). It had taken four days for my milk to fully come in. We started immediately supplementing with formula. It was not a difficult decision for me, as I didn't want to starve my baby just because my body wasn't working right.
We had a follow up appointment on Tuesday to check his weight again, and he was up to 8lbs2oz already! Yay! I was so relieved, and it reinforced that I had made the right decision by supplementing.
Ian was still having issues latching on, so I rented an electric breast pump. I bf'd with a nipple shield for ten to fifteen minutes, then would follow up with pumped breast milk. If I didn't have enough breast milk, I would then follow that with the formula.
A couple more things I forgot to add before
I forgot to add a few things for my record:
He has alway screamed for his baths and diaper changes. About two weeks ago he stopped screaming for his diaper changes, and just five days ago he had his first bath that he sort of enjoyed. He even splashed in the water a little bit. VERY CUTE.
As of last night, he weighs a whopping 16 pounds and he is approx 24.5 inches long.