Well, we had Maya’s weight check-in today and unfortunately, my little girl lost weight.
She was 6 lbs 4 oz at birth; 5 lbs 9 oz when we left the hospital; 5 lbs 12.5 oz last Thursday (YEA, adequate gain!) … and then 5 lbs 10 oz today (BOO, she lost and lost a lot).
Which means she is not getting enough from my breast milk alone. 😦
I realize this happens to a lot of women, but I hoped it wouldn’t happen to me. I hoped I’d be able to fully sustain her on my own … but it doesn’t look that way, at least not for now.
I’m not giving up … but it was definitely not the news I wanted to hear. It does explain, though, why she gets so fussy late at night and seems to go in for the kill at feeding times; little baby girl is HANGRY!
But we have a temporary solution we’re going to work on.
On our pediatrician’s recommendation, we’re going to need to feed her longer and more frequently (15 min/breast; every 2-2 1/2 hrs during the day and every 3 hrs at night) and supplement her feedings with some formula (i.e., topping off each feeding with an ounce of formula). Then we will go back Monday and see if she’s made any progress — fingers crossed!
I will continue to nurse and pump to increase my supply, but I have to say, as a new mom, it was pretty overwhelming to hear that I wasn’t cutting it on my own. (Of course no one SAID that but that’s how I inferred it). My husband and the doctor and my mom all told me the same thing — that it’s totally fine and not to feel bad, but it’s hard not to.
Still, beating myself up over it won’t solve anything so all I can do is listen to the pediatrician’s recs, continue doing what I’m doing, and just grin and bear it.
My mom, dad, brother and sister arrive today and I can’t WAIT to see them — that will keep me going 😉
I’ll be back Monday with an update and probably some more Maya pics 😉