I've missed you guys. I've lurked a bit but things have been ROUGH. We're finally coming out of the woods.
At his two week visit last week, Laszlo was still 2 ounces below birth weight. He wouldn't nap and spent every single waking moment at the breast. I'm fortunate my SO is able to take lots of paternity leave, because I've literally breastfed on the toilet. Last Sunday and Monday he nursed for 12 hours straight and would SCREAM when he was taken off the breast. I was honestly losing my mind and spent all of my time crying and telling Warren we weren't having more kids!
Oh, and breastfeeding was causing me so much pain that I cried at every latch on. My Mother (a former la leche league leader) and my midwives kept telling me it was normal. They were wrong. I insisted on having him weighed on Tuesday - turned out he was stil at birth weight. Yup, totally normal. *Rolls eyes*
We got in with a lactation consultant today. Turns out that my milk supply is TERRIBLE and his latch was crap. We developed a great plan and a strict follow-up schedule. I'm breastfeeding and pumpling, plus we have a good friend donating us some breastmilk and we're supplementing with formula.
Result? A brand new, pleasant baby! I cried with joy when he was calm enough to let me walk to the microwave to fix some lunch earlier. He's currently napping in a baby carrier. I'm wearing makeup for the first time since he was born.
The moral of the story? Breastfeeding should NOT feel like slamming your nipple in a car door. Your baby shouldn't feed for 12 hours and still act hungry. Follow your instincts regarding your baby's behavior, because you are probably right!
And congrats to all of you who've had your sweet little babies since I've been MIA!