Friday, August 01, 2008

Bed-In for BreastFeeding

3 Weeks & 4 Days Old

Today is the first day we kept with breast and bottle feedings. I spent the day in bed with BG. Whenever she cried and it wasn’t a poop or pee issue, I snuggled with her and gave her the breast. We’re still learning how to suck better. I’m hoping that with the continued breastfeeding will be practice for both of us.

Since yesterday, BG cries and isn’t as attentive after feedings. Does that mean she’s not getting enough? Usually after the SNS feeding, she burps and then spends a half hour looking around before I swaddle her and get her ready for another nap. Now, she cries after 15 minutes.

I’m not sure if she’s not getting enough, if she’s experiencing a growth spurt or what.

Hubby thinks I’m overanalyzing this too much. Probably so but my life revolves around pee, poop and breasts these days. It’s just hard to understand why if she was getting enough food she would cry afterwards. The feedings on the breast take 45 minutes on average. By the time I burp her and get her situated, she cries again. Is it that the feedings take so long they pass the 2-3 hour mark for her next feeding? I need to be more confident about my output and our breastfeeding.

I’m pumping less but I appear to have more output. I pumped 5 times so far today and each time I have about 3 ounces. I’ve prepared a few bottles for late night feedings.

We’ll see how it goes tomorrow.

Oh, she changed her normal fussiness in the late evening and moved it to the day. She slept pretty well yesterday and hubby was quite happy. She slept from 3am to 7am allowing mom and dad to sleep a bit as well. Although I love these long periods I get paranoid because every book I’ve read says a newborn should eat every 2-3 hours. I need to stop reading into things too much. This is ridiculous.

First bed-in
Spent the day clusterfeeding BG. Once she fell asleep at the breast, I’d transfer her to her crib and catch a few winks, grab a bite to eat or go to the bathroom.