As you all know I had a difficult pregnancy so we were scheduled for a section at 37 weeks.
My son was born at 8:20 am on Thursday, November 13. The section was ok, my OB was rude to me, all he said to me was "hello". The rest of the staff in the room was really nice. My husband held my hand beside me and talked to me to distract from the feelings of a section.
I had a TON of amniotic fluid. They pulled Lucien from me and my hubby said to me, "Oh, he's little!" I said, "Little like Georgia?(she was 6 lbs 4 ozs)" and he said, "I think so"
At the scales our ped. eyed him up at about 6 and a half lbs. Everyone was suprised when the scale said 7 lbs 4 oz. His vitals were great but he was taken to the NICU because of my diabetes.
His blood sugars were too low (1.9 when they should have been above 2.6) so they gave him a bottle of formula.
I was in recovery for two hours waiting to be able to lift my leg. As feeling came back I began to feel pain on the left side of my incision area. By the time they wheeled me back to me room I was screaming in pain. By the time they got some pain meds into me I was nearly vomiting with pain. It was worse than the pancreatitis I experienced a couple of years ago. They pushed 3 bags of demerol through before I felt any relief. My husband and family demanded to know what was happening. It is not normal to come out of a section in that kind of pain. No one could explain it. I spent the next two and half days on pain killers, the minute they started to wear off the pain was right there, waiting.
My incision was good, no swelling, no redness. It was completely inexplicable.
It was completely awful.
The NICU gave my son FIVE bottles of formula before even asking me if I wanted to breastfeed. I was really, really angry about that. On the second day he was out of the NICU and in the room with us. By day 3 he was a breastfeeding champion! But his weight was way low. On day 2 they weighed him in at 5 lbs 15 oz. Day 3 he was 5 lbs 9 oz. At the end of day 4 he was 5 lb 8 oz. It did not make any sense that he could lose that much weight that fast. Between the nurses that were in the OR and the NICU and the ped they determined that the initial weight on the scale was inaccurate. They decided to use 6 lbs 4 oz as an approximate birth weight, but still they were concerned about his weight loss.
I was a bit confused. From 6 lbs 4 oz to 5 lbs 15 oz to 5 lbs 8 oz over 3 days didn't seem like a huge drop to me. My daughter was born at 6 lbs 4 oz and her weight steadily dropped so fast that by the end of day 3, she was 5 lbs. He's on the same feeding schedule she was. By last night he was 5 lbs 10 oz, as he was this morning when they discharged us.
He's on a feeding schedule that demands he be topped up with formula every 3 hours. After 20 mins of BF on each side the ped would like to see him drink 20 ml of formula. Sunday and Monday he was BFing soooo well!! 17 mins a side, I was so happy! Sunday night my milk came in and he was getting so much milk he was gulping most of the time. Since we've had to supplement him with the formula he's down to 10 mins a side, leaving me seriously engorged the rest of the time. I'm scared what this is going to do to our future BFing.
We are at home now. He is beautiful. Everyone says he looks just like ME!!
Here are some pics
Congrats and enjoy nestling and feddings!
Can you just refuse to supplement? I would ask about this on the breastfeeding forum. It sounds fishy to me, but I don't know your whole situation. I'd probably tell 'em where to put their formula (aka not in my baby). :
And we are joyfully awaiting a new addition in April 2011! <><
Sorry you went through such an ordeal.
I think your BFing relationship will be fine...it's scary when things start out rocky, but you're very determined to make it work and that counts for a lot. I would just be very aggressive about giving as much breastmilk as possible. It doesn't make sense to me for him to be getting formula when you're engorged.
And definitely contact a lactation consultant rather than working with your ped on this. The LC will put your baby's well-being first too, but will do so within a context of working hard towards 100% breastfeeding- most peds, whatever they may say, don't care as much about that. And they like to be able to measure input, which of course os so much easier with formula.
Anyway, good luck!
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I would do whatever you can to stop the formula--he needs your mama's milk more (and you clearly need to get rid of some extra!)
Sorry about the pain, I hope you are okay now.