Friday, February 24, 2006
Another one about "The Breastfeeding"
The lowercase has learned to latch! He can only do it on the left if he hasn't first latched to the right (crazy differences in nipples making the left MUCH harder for him than the right and thus frustrating him if he has an easy latch first to the point that he'll cry rather than attempt to latch).
We did some weights, examined the daily caloric needs or an infant of his size and determined that he is a 50/50 baby! That's right! He now gets at least 50% of his feedings either directly from me or in the bottles that I have pumped! (That is, he gets about 7 oz [obviously usually more as the before/after weights were done when he was not hungry and had an overall really bad feeding] at the breast, 5 ounces of expressed breast milk, and 12 ounces of formula per day.)
My lactation consultant told me that we are one of her biggest success stories having made much progress in the 2 months she has worked with us. She encouraged me yet again to not give up as we are moving toward a point where it may actually become possible for him to eliminate even more formula from his diet. And we discussed our ultimate goal: when he begins eating solid foods, his needs from milk will be less thus allowing me to cut back the formula to the point that eventually all he will need is whatever food he is eating and to nurse. YAY!
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