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The storm before the storm

Man. What a week.

Naps are important for mommies and babies
Logan’s weight took another dip early last week. This was a bit of a blow to everyone. We were doing everything we were supposed to be doing, and nothing seemed to be working. In the middle of the week, we got a call to come into the center to meet another lactation consultation. Our third, if you’re keeping track.

He tries so hard to get his hand in his mouth

She unwrapped our boy from his swaddle, oh’d and ah’d over how cute he was, then expressed immediate concern over how skinny he was. Within a matter of a few short minutes of first meeting us, she noted that his tongue was tied.

Naps are not as important for daddies I guess.

She wasn’t suggesting that he couldn’t turn a phrase, but rather that he had had the congenital abnormality of Ankyloglossia. This evidently isn’t that unusual in infants, and isn’t a big deal if noticed early. It can cause complications with breast feeding though, as the frenulum can prevent proper tongue movement if it’s anchored too close to the tip of the tongue.

Practicising being awake

That alone could have been responsible for the complications we were facing, but she wasn’t done with the miracle diagnosis yet. Less than 10 minutes later, she also noted that Cameron suffered from the congenital abnormality of Breast Hypoplasia. Again, this is something that isn’t necessarily a big deal, but it can prevent the mother from generating an adequate milk supply.

Taking to the bottle

These two minor problems combined to create a complicated situation. Our already advanced feeding schedule was further advanced, and we are now supplementing with formula regularly. The next day we saw a pediatrician who performed a frenectomy, a brief procedure that clipped the frenulum under Logan’s tongue. The day after that we saw the new lactation consultant again.

Mother and Child

The good news in all this is that with an increase in feeding, and regular supplementing with formula has increased Logan’s weight regularly. His appetite has increased and his clothes even seem to be fitting better. We have another followup appointment with the lactation consultant on Tuesday, and everything appears very encouraging at this point.

Mommy is so proud of her pumpkin headed baby.

So encouraging that we were in good spirits for Halloween. Logan is too young and small for a proper costume. Too late I thought of the perfect costume for both of us, the character of Alan from Hangover, who spends a portion of the film carrying around an infant in a carrier. Instead we just but an hat on him that looked like a jack o lantern. I chose to dress up as Adventure Team GI Joe from the 1970s line of GI Joe toys.

Logan's First Haloween

Here’s a photo of me doing a bad Heisman Trophy pose using Logan as a football.

Terrible Hiesman Pose

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.