Sunday, July 18

What a difference a day makes

And experience. Experience makes a difference. I had mega trouble breastfeeding with Mia and the twins. I let the hospital nursery take them so I could sleep, but never got them back in time for feedings and didn't build my milk supply quickly enough to avoid having to supplement, which slowed building a milk supply further. I spent so many hours pumping and fiddling with SNS tubes and going to lactation specialists...

This time I brought the pump to the hospital and did some precautionary pumping after feedings. It worked! I can't believe what a difference it makes not having to rely on a can of formula, a bunch of bottles, and that freaking pump every three hours. We got up three times last night, and all I needed was a baby and me. Ta da! I got almost eight hours of sleep last night! I can't believe it. I know not every night will be this good. But I also know I've never seen a newborn night like it before, and I'm grateful and sure there will be more. What a relief!

10 comments:

Marsie Pants said...

You know, I think breastfeeding is only worth it for the night feedings. I hate it so freaking much, but it's nice not to have to make a bottle in the middle of the night. But good for you! I'm glad it's working out for you!!

Ashley said...

He is super cute!! he looks absolutely perfect! we cant wait to meet him in person, by that time he will have a cousin not to much younger then him probably!! glad everything is going good with you guys, congrats!!

Amandean said...

Yay!

Breezi@ Not Your Average Fairytale said...

I'm so happy for you that you got your milk supply in! WOO HOO!
It's such sweet bonding time with the baby.
Enjoy your little sweetheart.

Duncan said...

I always had the opposite problem and had to pump to release some of the freekin' pressure! I'm so glad he slept well; you'll need it for the days ahead. ;)

SuperGabers - The Mom said...

Lurking... Congrats! I am glad everything turned out ok. :)

Michelle said...

He is just adorable and an awesome kid that everything is falling into place so well! You are an awesome mommy!

The Garber Family said...

Hooray!
I loved all the pictures on this post and the earlier one.
Wouldn't it be nice if we could see into the future when we get ready to breastfeed for the first time? So we can be prepped for the idiosyncrisies of OUR own bodies and OUR own babies (not just what all the books say SHOULD happen). I was the most successful nursing Miles, b/c of all that prior experience. I wish I had known all of it with Hannah, things would have gone much better.

The Waits Gate said...

Congrats!!!! He is so cute! I'm glad everything is going well! For some reason this quote always came to me after Austin was born and people would say I'm sure you're glad that's over: "Better out than in, I always say!"-Shrek
He is beautiful. Good skin tone and hair...lucky guy. You'll need one of those shirts that says lock up your daughters!

Maureen said...

What a beautiful grandbaby. No mistaking HIM for a girl! I'm loving the girls' reactions. He'll be the pampered little brother, just like yours. How thrilling to have only the breastfeeding. It's wonderful he's a normal weight and doesn't need "catch-up" like the twins, too. Not having formula wasn't an option with them. See ya' soon. Love, Mom