Here is my pretty, chubby baby :)
Today she was weighed and is now 9 pounds 7 ounces and I love it. She is putting on weight well and seems very content.
I just got back from my lactation appointment and am feeling a little bit blue. It isn't really from the appointment per se I am just feeling a little tired and overwhelmed. I can't even pinpoint the reason but I am looking forward to heading to the gym soon and maybe sweating it out. Back to the appointment - I made it because for the last week or so Claire has been eating really often, sucking on her hands a ton and just did not seem satisfied after she nursed. I was worried that I was not producing enough for her and started to work myself into a tizzy thinking ahead of when I head back to work and stressed that I would have to supplement her with formula. Well, I was incorrect and I guess I did not need to run out and buy those fenugreek vitamins - I have an oversupply problem. It makes sense, my boobs always get very very full, they ache, she coughs while eatings, my letdown is very strong, her stool is watery and she burps/farts a lot [I raise a lady]. Because of the thrush I thought my nipple pain was pretty normal and to some extent it is due to the thrush but it also is because she wants to nurse often to get the hind milk. I was told at the beginning that she needed to nurse from both breasts each feeding and like a month ago I decided to stop doing that and let her just have each feeding from one and then switch. I read that this could help her get more hind milk, I was already trying to combat this problem. The next step I need to take is to give her the same breast for a few feedings in a row, that will make sure that she gets the hind milk and since the other breast will stay full that might slow down my production. I will start that today and see how it goes. They weighed her before I nursed her and then after, she took in three ounces in about 5 minutes and that confirmed that she is a good eater and since my breast was still totally full and she wanted back on, we tried again. A few minutes pass and she is sucking away, they took her off and weighed her again. She didn't take anything in, so she just likes to suck. So those 5 feedings in an hour were just for comfort which is fine and I love that I can comfort her but because we are still dealing with this infection they suggest a pacifier.