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Hello all! Greetings from the land of feedings and diaper changes.

Max went to the doctor today and is half an ounce short of his birth weight!! Yay!!

Official Notice: I appreciate all comments and concerns that anyone on my flist may have about breastfeeding and advice that anyone may have. I ask that you please refrain from being negative. I am aware that there are many different schools of thought about these things and I am doing what I feel is best for my son and myself right now. Thank you. On with my entry...

We had some issues with Max dropping weight. The solution that his doctor came up with was for me to pump and give Max whatever breastmilk I could pump out after each feeding by bottle. This was to increase my supply as well as the amount of food Max was getting. Anyway, we went to the doctor today and she gave us the go ahead to cut down on the bottle supplements and start moving over to just nursing on demand. I am still going to have to pump a little because I have gotten ahead of Max's appetite with my milk production and if I don't my boobs might explode. And I think that the Slytherin really likes being able to help out with the feeding once in awhile. So far Max hasn't had any problem going back and forth. The good news is that we are one big step closer to just being able to nurse when he is hungry. I am looking forward to it.

Other than that, my mom has been here since Sunday and has been helping out as well as taking me to Target and buying stuff for Max. Believe me that has been nice ;) My mom has also been taking a lot of pictures and video of Max. Here is my favorite:

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hhbarmaid
May. 10th, 2007 01:51 am (UTC)
:-D

Just this morning I was thinking about you, wondering if all was well!

Glad the feeding stuff is going well!

This photo is so beautiful. He really has that wise baby look.
natertatersmom
May. 10th, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)
*hugs*

He is absolutely beautiful, Tory. Isn't it amazing how your life all of a sudden becomes wrapped up in this tiny little person.

*sigh*

You are very fortunate to have a supportive doctor and you are also fortunate to be able to breastfeed. I tried and tried, but officially have "inadequate breasts" (uh huh...that's what they told me....). There just wasn't enough milk to keep him going, even with feeding AND pumping. I'm glad to have gotten as much to him as I could. The good news is, even without much breast milk, Nathan's been such a healthy boy and is gorgeous and brilliant like his mama...lol.

Looking SO forward to more and more pics of him.

*loves you guys*
ladytory
May. 10th, 2007 12:33 pm (UTC)
Can you email me your snail mail address???

I have lost yours and the husband tossed the envelope from the card you so recently and kindly sent :(
mugglewitch1
May. 10th, 2007 02:19 am (UTC)
What a doll! *hugs* glad things are going well
harrysmom
May. 10th, 2007 02:33 am (UTC)
I am so glad the feeding has become a bit easier. I wasn't allowed to breast feed so I am not well versed in it but I am glad it's working.

He is quite adorable!!!
aggiebell90
May. 10th, 2007 02:42 am (UTC)
He is officially gorgeous. :)

I am aware that there are many different schools of thought about these things and I am doing what I feel is best for my son and myself right now.

You've learned one of the hardest parts to being a parent -- ignoring the riff-raff. :P. It doesn't really matter what we think, because you're his mother, and honestly? Your opinion is the one that matters, especially in something like this.

So you won't be hearing anything negative from me. :) I know how much work pumping is, and to do that on top of bottle feeding? *bows down* Seriously. I admire your dedication.

I am still going to have to pump a little because I have gotten ahead of Max's appetite with my milk production and if I don't my boobs might explode.

Ha! Yes, I know that feeling well. That's great, though; sounds like you did everything right to build your supply up. And it's not a horrible thing for you to keep pumping occasionally, because you can feed expressed breastmilk in a bottle just like you can formula. Also, that overabundance of milk will balance itself out relatively soon here. You're still in the "hormonal" stage (NOT saying you're mental, btw, but that your supply is still influenced by hormones in addition to supply/demand). Once your hormones get balanced out after childbirth, the engorgement will calm down...some. I still have occasions when I feel ilke my boobs will explode, and Maggie turns one on Friday (eep! Where did the time go???)

So far Max hasn't had any problem going back and forth.

Lucky woman! That makes it so much easier, when they're laid back like that, because then you *can* give him a bottle without worrying about him starving. My second wouldn't have anything to do with artificial nipples. At all. We tried just about every bottle on the market, and he *hated* them all. While he was in daycare, he'd condescend to drink an ounce or two to hold him over until I got there at noon and 5, and then he'd nurse all stinking night long. It was exhausting.
ladytory
May. 10th, 2007 12:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks dear I value your comments and the wisdom of your experience :)

I think the lack of nipple confusion is because I have had to use nipple sheilds because I have the flattest nipples ever on the planet. Our next trial will be when his weight gets up to a level and my nipples get to a point (no pun intended) where I feel comfortable trying to get him off of the sheilds and straight onto the breast. Luckily there are three great Lactation Consultants at the hospital where I delivered who are very available as well as my local La Leche League leaders.

How in the world did Maggie get to be one already??????
naiad8
May. 10th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
Gods, he's beautiful! And it sounds like you are doing really really well with the pumping/feeding and everything. That's fantastic. Although I always had supply issues and had to supplement the entire time I was bfing (20 months) I have heard the chilled cabbage leaves can help reduce overabundant supply, but shouldn't be used unless it's a big problem. Hot showers to get the milk flowing helps relieve pressure, as does an interested husband....

I'm glad your mom is there, it's a huge help to have your mom around those first days, no matter what your relationship is like.
ladytory
May. 10th, 2007 12:09 pm (UTC)
Oh my mom and I get along wonderfully, so it has been a real godsend for her to be here. I have been able to get out finally and get a lot of things done since she has been here. And she is the doting grandmother who doesn't mind to change diapers or do dishes. And she has cooked some of my favorite meals for me while she has been here. SHe is leaving tomorrow and I will really miss having her here!
phoenix62
May. 10th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC)
He's beautiful Tory.

Now as for the boob thing. Do it your own way, in your own time, upon advice from your professional.

The young witch steadfastly refused to feed for any length of time and ended up on the bottle (after combining breast pump and supplementary feeds for about a month....I was nothing but a feeding machine). She's wonderfully healthy.

The young wizard got into the cycle when first born of not feeding, then not having the energy to feed, then not feeding. He lost a massive amount of weight. I syringed the milk into him for a day, turned it around, got a breast feeding expert to help me out. The upshot was that he breast fed until 5 days before his third birthday (an enthusiast and undoubtedly will turn into a tit man as he gets older). He's wonderfully healthy too.

Basically, just stick to what suits you and Max best. It matters not one jot what anyone else's opinion is, unless it is from a professional who has concerns about your health or Max's health.

Oh and just as an aside, I had to keep pumping out the moo-juice at night if I happen to go out, my production was hideously high. I am a proud cow who could fill a large baby bottle at the 'lowest' point of the day.

Besos chica
ladytory
May. 10th, 2007 12:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks dear. I am doing the best I can right now. We had to use a little bit of formula to add in when we first started, but now that the boobs have caught up we are in good business. And honestly I really don't mind that he has some breast milk from a bottle now and again, and I think that the Slytherin really enjoys being able to feed him. And it will make the transition a tiny bit easier when I got back to work in July I hope.

And the Slytherin is adorably smitten with Max, it is just amazing to watch :)

Tell the young witch and wizard hello from us!
phoenix62
May. 10th, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC)
Bottle feeding is one of the main advantages in my opinion in sharing the bonding experience! I used to express and then freeze the excess milk in ice cube trays and then pop them into freezer bags (do the same with any 'solids' when Max starts having them). It meant that if I was going out, anyone could feed Colin.

Not only are you doing your best, you're doing brilliantly. Although it feels like a maze at first in which you have little clue whether you're doing anything right, trust yourself. You're doing fabulously well Tory.

And it's just such a wonderful thing to hear the Slytherin is all besotted! Tis the way things should be. I'm endeavouring to find our newest wizard something with a vaguely aussie flava to it (haven't found quite what I've wanted yet!). I'm headed to the coast next weekend with John, so will look at the shops down there (far more individual than the poop I'm finding here).

I happen to be home at present battling a dose of thrush from hell, so won't be sitting at the computer as it annoys the crap out of the itchy 'bits'.

BTW, don't know how your nipples are faring at the moment. Should you be suffering from cracked nippled (voice of experience here) grab an old t-shirt, cut holes where your nipples are and walk around sans bra. Honestly, the more air you can get to them the better they'll be. I had a collection of nipplesless t-shirts. Needed a collection as the flood come ' my boobs are full to the point of exploding' meant that I was constantly soggy from the nipple down, and required frequent changing. It also meant I didn't smell of milk 24/7, only 23/7.

Will pass on your g'day to the Witch and Wizard, say g'day from me to the Slytherin too!
jandjsalmon
May. 10th, 2007 04:22 am (UTC)
He looks gorgeous! And anything you can do so your boobs don't explode sounds like a good idea to me! ;) YAY!
dr_susannah
May. 10th, 2007 04:29 am (UTC)
Don't worry too much Tory....feeding with both bottle and boob won't hurt as long as he is putting on the weight. Boobs seems to settle down after a few weeks! I had a few troubles with both of mine cos they were voracious little blighters and I got sucked dry! I ended up doing a few supplementary feeds till the breasts caught up, and then things were fine. Do what is best for you and Max, and whatever saves your sanity!

BTW, I sent you and Max something by owl......could you let me know if it has not arrived?
ladytory
May. 10th, 2007 12:03 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry! It is here!! It is his first official international present ever! :)

Thank you so much!

Can you send me your current snail mail address again? I want to send you a birth announcement and if I had it I have no idea where I put it.
miz_tith
May. 10th, 2007 05:42 am (UTC)
That is a wise old soul you have there Tory.

He sure looks like he's been here before.
Enjoy this time with him, it never lasts long enough!
ladytory
May. 10th, 2007 12:05 pm (UTC)
Can you email me an address where I can send you a birth announcement? Thanks poppet!!!
alloy_
May. 10th, 2007 08:04 am (UTC)
Breastfeeding is a wonderful and unique bonding opportunity for you and lil Max.

Get them hooked early on Boobies, that's what I say. ;-)
cyclonejuliet
May. 10th, 2007 11:21 am (UTC)
Tory, congratulations once again. to the little man and you. Those little creases in his armpits and wrists in the picture are just too cute for words.
also big congratulations as far as the breast feeding is going. As someone who totally failed and felt guilty about this, I applaud every woman who is successful. After having two children fourteen months apart in age, we quickly decided there would be no more, but I often wonder what it would have been like if I had the opportunity for more support and assistance when I was breastfeeding the oldest one.
Hey - when you breastfeed you get a chance to have a rest also with your feet up! That has to be good.
fitzette
May. 10th, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC)
gah! *squishes him* *nibbles on his ear*

He's SO beautiful.

The feeding stuff...you have to do what is best for you and for your little one. I wish people wouldn't be so judgmental. *blows rasberries on Max's belly*
melusinahp
May. 10th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
He is so gorgeous. Sigh.

Well done on persevering with the breast feeding. Sounds like it will all be going smoothly quite soon. :D
hpca
May. 11th, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC)
Oh Tory....he's just the cutest! Those eyes!
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