Just when everything was going smooth… there is always something isn’t there?!
Berkley was born April 7th (birth story coming soon). Breastfeeding is something I didn’t put a lot of thought into while I was pregnant. I was so focused on mentally getting through my pregnancy & having a baby in my arms that things like vaccinations, breastfeeding, etc. I literally didn’t really think about until I was asked about both while in labor.
Luckily, Berkley came out ready to eat. Within 20 mins of her being born she was successfully latched and eating (of course, who knows if anything actually came out). The next day or two, things continued to go well. I wasn’t in pain and she continued to seem to love to eat… all was good. It did take a full 4 days for my milk to come in so we were borderline on needing to supplement but finally my milk was in and she was gaining weight so no supplementation was necessary.
Fast forward to 8 weeks. Berkley had been especially fussy. Some days better than others but my sweet angel baby was more of a really cute but really challenging baby all of the sudden 😉 Then things got crazy. It was a Friday night and she lost it. Crying for 2 hours straight, couldn’t calm her down. It was miserable. By the time we got her to sleep both Adam and I were beat. Her 2 month appt was on that coming Tuesday. I took her temp to confirm she didn’t have a fever and decided to wait to talk to our doctor until our appt because, well, babies cry, right?!
At her 2 month appt, Berkley weighed in at 8lb5oz which was the 1.34% for weight (still 60% for height!). Mystery solved. She was hungry and wasn’t getting enough from me. Enter mom-guilt. I drove straight home, raided my measly frozen milk stash and gave her a big bottle of milk. I watched as she slipped into the most amazing food coma and drift off to sleep. As I watched her drift off to sleep I thought whoa..this is what she’s like with a full belly.
Since then I have been working with a lactation consultant, supplementing Berkley’s meals and just trying my hardest to get it back up!!! So far, things are about the same but here is what I am currently doing- 1 week into this debacle.
- I rented a hospital grade pump and am trying to pump as many times as possible/day. I am averaging about 5-8 times.
- More Milk Plus
- Fenugreek galore
- Homemade bone broth from the Nourishing Traditions cookbook
- Lactation cookies (I ate a ton as well as Adam and my friends. Adam’s supply hasn’t increased either)
- Lots of fluids
- A higher fat/caloric diet (bacon & eggs every day for breakfast!)
So far my output isn’t very different, but I am going to give it a month. My body has been through a lot in the past 2 years (surgery, 2 pregnancies, grief). My body may just be telling me it needs a break! The most important thing is that she gains weight- she clocked in at 9lb8oz yesterday. And I totally feel like I have a new baby.
Anyone have any ideas or tips for me?