Well, I decided to put weeks 2 & 3 together since things became so hectic around here.
Week two was an interesting week as we continued to try and adjust and baby blues began to set in, mostly centered around the struggles with breastfeeding. My husband’s mother came to visit and stayed with us for several days to help us which was so amazing! My parents also have dropped by almost every day with meals which has also been a big help.
We celebrated mother’s day this week as well which was lovely. My family had a big get together for the mother’s and my brother’s birthday combined. It was nice to get out of the house for a bit and spend time with loved ones.
At Bella’s two week doctors appointment we got the all clear to stop supplementing since she was now 4 oz over her birth weight which is better than they usually hope for and they were very pleased. At the appointment, her umbilical cord stump fell off so the doctor was able to look in and inspect it also.
Week three was full of firsts too. We took her for her first walk and gave her first bath (which was nerve wracking to say the least). I also have begun to feel myself coming out of the baby blues. I feel that my mood has improved over all and I am not quite so teary eyed this past week. I had another doctor’s appointment for me, the last one with my doctor, as he is moving to another state. I was his second to last delivery. My score on the baby blues evaluation was still not great but he said it would probably improve in the next few days and it did. Also, everything else looks great healing wise for me. I am dropping the pounds I had gained rapidly (155 lbs I believe on their scale).
We finally broke down this week and bought a nipple shield. Because of being introduced to the bottle in the first few days of her life, she has learned some very bad habits which were leading to some major damage to my nipples. I got to the point I couldn’t even wear clothing against my nipples because of the constant pain and it was affecting how well I was able to connect with her. With the nipple shield I have been able to continue breastfeeding and even so, it is still painful but better. I am now able to enjoy it more and continue to build that bond with her during nursing.
We also bought a special Medela bottle which is teaching her to suckle properly we hope. It seems to have made a difference from what I can tell. I think I will know better once I take off the shield this week and go back to feeding her as I had been previously. So, she is still on the formula but we are gradually reducing the amount we give her.
We give her a little more formula at night because she will sleep 4-6 hours straight at night this way. Also, by the end of the day I have basically very little left to give her. A normal feeding for her right now takes about 2 hours which is exhausting and makes me wonder why that is happening as that does not seem like an appropriate amount of time. It seems excessively long to me to be occuring at every nursing session. I hope that once I remove the shield this will also improve.
I will try to be better about updates but we’re still struggling to figure this all out so there may be joined weeks here and there but I will do my best to keep them weekly whenever possible.
Thank you for your patience. Shalom!