Originally Posted by smartycat
2HM, CoCo is adorable!!! But you better watch out, S+D's daughter, Esme, is going to give her a run for her money
How has new mother hood been going? Have the first few weeks been about what you imagined? Worse? Better? Anything unexpected?
No need for anyone to run for their money...They are both absolutely beautiful. Just beautiful.
The first few days (first week, really) were unbeleivably hard. The lack of sleep was overwhelming and breastfeeding did not go exactly as planned. I could not get her to latch at all and she was not getting any food. I started pumping her colustrum and giving it to her on the very tip of a spoon. Once my milk barely started coming in, we were feeding her through a syringe. It was really, really hard. Then my milk came in when she was about five days old. I remember standing in the hallway, holding her, and we were both crying. She wanted to eat (but still could not latch) and my freaking boobs hurt so
badly. We both just sobbed. There was concern she lost too much weight (one pound in less than three days) and I started giving her my pumped milk in the bottle.
She wanted to eat so much and I was not producing enough milk to keep her satisfied. I ended up supplementing about 3 to 6 ounces per days with formula. I really had no idea what to do -- my baby was screaming in hunger and I could.not.pump.one.drop. We finally bought nipple shields and she has been much happier. She can latch and LOVES the boob now. Man, she really loves it.
We saw LC's three weeks ago and Coco has not had any formula for a little over three weeks. All in all, I supplemented for a week and a half...maybe two weeks at the most. We went back to see the LC's last night and are now working on getting her off the shield and to latch properly. She likes to try to only suck my nipple.
The troubles with breastfeeding really surprised me. I seriously thought I would put her on my boob, she would eat, and everyone would be happy. I was so wrong.
Not having access to LC's immediately after her birth has been the only downside to homebirthing. I think a lot of these problems may have been avoided if we had easier access to an LC immediayrly after she was born.
Okay, that's the feeding. Baby crying now and I will write more about other things later.