Breast Feeding: Not as easy as you’d think

It’s been a few days since you’ve seen any updates here. This lack of information should not be regarded as a lack of notable activity, but rather a lack of time. I anticipated a certain reduction in free time when Logan arrived. I anticipated a certain amount of sleep deprivation, which I’m accustomed to. What I was not prepared for was the stress of feeding problems and an advanced feeding schedule.

Such a good sleeper
Logan was born on 09OCT at 6lbs 11oz, making him somewhat on the small side. A certain amount of weight loss normal, but he kept losing weight through the next week. By 19OCT he was down to 5lbs 15oz, a drop of 12 ounces. That’s an 11% drop in body weight over 11 days. I weigh 188 lbs. If I lost 20.7 lbs in 11 days I’d probably be in the hospital, so this was something that was a concern for us as well as the midwife.

Finally, a picture of dad.

We consult regularly with two lactation consultants, as well our midwife, while Cameron and Logan work through what are evidently pretty common problems in the first few weeks of breast feeding. There are issues with latching, milk supply, and lack of rest for both Logan and mommy. Not to mention the stress, frustration and depression that these problems lead to.

Check out that little hand

Fortunately, on 23OCT, Logan’s two week birthday, his weight was back up to 6lbs 2oz. On the advice of the midwife we had instituted an advanced feeding schedule that had Logan eating every two hours, and supplementing with pumped breast milk. Tomorrow he gets another weighing, and with any luck the trend of weight gain has continued. My fingers are crossed, but you shouldn’t worry. This isn’t a problem that can’t be solved. As much as we’d like to avoid it, lots and lots of babies have grown up perfectly healthy on formula.

2 Comments

  1. Joel Martell
    Posted October 26, 2009 at 20:24 | Permalink

    Sounds very familiar…

  2. Shellie Mazzella
    Posted October 30, 2009 at 10:43 | Permalink

    There are a lot of parents that go through this. We did too. Let us know if you need any extra morale support or anything else.

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