Georgia has decided that she is going to be awake and cluster feed from 11pm-5am. Wednesday night was rough with some tears and last night went well. It is all about attitude, I set up my nursing chair so that I could doze while nursing. At about 4am she got really fussy, I think she was overtired at that point. At 5am I brought her to bed and then we slept until 10am. I like co-sleeping but we haven't mastered the side lying latch yet and I need a light. But dh had no issue with the light on - I think he prefers a light to a crying wife.
I think the placenta pills are working, especially with supply. In the past with cluster feeding, after awhile I can't hear swallowing and it seems like the baby isn't getting anything. But last night she was getting milk right to the end. Which is so nice to hear for me because I didn't have to stress about not enough milk at 3am. As for the other benefits I can't quite tell but I am feeling amazing and when I have slept quite energetic.
Ally and Zoe are loving their sister and both ask to hold her. On Wednesday Zoe came home and asked to hold her, which was so cute! She came to my chair and said," Hold. Baby. Peas." And Ally has sat with Georgia for almost an hour, she never sits that long! Ally calls her Georgia Roo, which is so cute.
I have been enjoying having help this week and will miss it next week but I think we will do okay and even better when Georgia starts sleeping at night.
I'm glad the pills seem like they are doing something. We are still trying to find someone to do it for us so it makes me feel good when I hear someone else that thinks its work it. I'm glad last night's feedings went better. How cute about your girls and their little sister!
On Sunday I had a public health nurse come out and do a weight check. Because I have mw's the nurses don't typically come out but I had mentioned that Georgia had just pooped for the first time in 3 days so the nurse was concerned. So Georgia was 6lbs130z on Sunday and she was down 9% from her birth weight. The nurse was quite concerned. I had major issues with Ally, so the visit shattered my confidence in nursing. I was in tears and Mike was upset, he said he wanted to kick the nurse out. I emailed my mw's and they aren't concerned because they look for babies to be back at birth weight by two weeks and the fact that she is peeing lots is important but did strongly suggest driving into the city today for a weight check.
Then Georgia cluster fed from 1am until 9:30am and it is day 8. Day 8 is when everything went to hell with Ally and she nursed all day and night. So I am a bit stressed. I couldn't decide if I should go in or not. I finally decided to stay home because I am so tired that driving may not be the safest thing and just starting to get the girls ready to go was stressful and Georgia still wanted to nurse and didn't want to be put down. I was in tears and I decided that I was going to stay home and have a nice day with the girls and not yell at them all day. And I have a digital scale, I will pull that out later today and *fingers crossed* I hope that she has gained.
Darn that nurse for stressing you out. I'm glad you decided to stay home and have a good day with the girls and relax and nurse Georgia. Sounds like she is feeding a lot and I bet there isn't anything to be worried about. You are doing a great job.
Hope you had a better day!! I remember the post baby weeping, not fun. And add on stress about baby weight and nursing? Gah! I totally feel you and I hope today was way better. Go do some reading about breastfeeding to comfort yourself. I think I remember from my reading with DS that breastfed babies are expected to lose weight and that as long as you are getting wet diapers you are doing great.
///cheering committee\\\\ You are doing great!!! ///cheer\\\ ///applause\\\
I am stressed! I weighed Georgia again and she is up about 1/2 an ounce since Tuesday, so she has gained 3 oz in 4 days. It is not enough. I have spent the afternoon crying, this stuff just sends me over the edge. Mike is being supportive but he doesn't know why I take it so personal. I do have domperidone as an option and it has worked well. I just thought that since I was able to nurse Zoe and Ally on it that I could nurse Georgia without being on medication.
So I am going in to see my mw's tonight and see if they have any suggestions. My only idea is that maybe Georgia is a bit of a lazy nurser, she is very quick and maybe is only drinking the milk the is in the breast and is not 'demanding' the breast to make more during a session. I do switch back and forth about 3 times if she will let me. So we shall see. I have some domperidone from last year that I will start taking if the mw's think it is neccessary and then go and get a prescription later.
Georgia still sleeps so well during the day and then not at night. Last night at about 5am, I gave her to Mike because the breast wasn't making her happy and I wanted just 20 mins. He somehow was able to give me 3 hrs of sleep!
Oh Melynda. 3 oz in 4 days is OK! I'm glad you are seeing the women you trust though. Your emotions need that. Share with us what they think. I'm glad Mike is being so good to you. Every gain means a stronger baby who is closer to latching better. That's my view of things and I'm sticking with it. ;)
I can tell you I felt wretched when my 6 week old was under his birth weight. He caught up quickly though.
Oh I hear you on not gaining well! Only about 1.5 weeks ago did Leo really start nursing effectively - at his 4wk appointment he was 6lb12oz - up 6oz from birth weight!
I know all about stressing out about it! We had to pump and feed Leo expressed milk just to get him to gain 1/2 oz a day... As the MW put it, show him what it's like to get "full" and stretch out his stomach a little bit. I hated to do it and stressed even more about nipple confusion. Then we went and saw a lactation consultant who added the extra confusion of a nipple shield. You know what? Everything was fine. We used the nipple shield for a week (and I nursed without it once a day). Now I use it only at night when Leo is not very effective at nursing.
I'm not saying you have to do what I did. I'm just letting you know that there are definitely options for getting Georgia to gain weight and to help her improve her latch. My MW said tha for those who are very "lazy" nursers, it's usually because they are getting exhausted nursing and need to up their calorie intake in an energy efficient way so that they can get strong enough to nurse properly. How that's done (finger feed, cup, bottle, nipple shield) is up to you.
Hugs... I hope she starts nursing well soon.
Don't get discouraged. I think everyone pointed out some really great stuff. I bet she will be a pro a nursing very soon and you won't have a worry at all.
I may have over reacted a bit we will see. On Thursday the stars aligned that I could go in and see my mw's and not have to drive and have my friend come with me. My mw's haven't been worried because they don't do weight checks until two weeks. But I needed the reassurance that Georgia is doing well. And she is; she is peeing lots, her color is great, no sign of jaundice and she is very alert.
She was 7lbs on Thursday and my mw and I talked and decided not to weigh Georgia until Tuesday and if she is still really under then we will make a plan. She reminded me that it is still early and to just relax.
We also talked about my history with Ally and why I got so stressed out with Georgia. We also talked about lowering expectations and enjoying this time. For example if the tv was on all day and everyone stayed in their pj's but everyone got fed, to look at it as a successful day.
I love my mw and i really appreciated her taking the time to talk with me and I like that she gets my life.
I have put away my scale for now and I am just nursing. My MIL comes next week and that will be so nice because I still need help and I wish she had come on week two. Georgia so far has switched her cluster feeding to the morning and has been doing nicely at night, so I am feeling better.