Tuesday, December 23, 2008

You go girl!!

Victory!! At 4 weeks, Eden had her follow up today and she weighed in at a whopping 7 lbs. 4 oz. and is already 20 3/4 inches!! We worked SO hard this week with breast feeding and supplementing and it paid off. The past three days she hardly took her formula so we were a little nervous about it all. Looks like she didn't need it as much as we might have thought!

So now we have a new plan... Eden will be strictly breast fed this week and we will go in next Tuesday for another weigh in. Dr. Gulde really supports breast feeding and he knows my goal is to have her just breast fed. Of course, if we have to go back to supplementing that would be fine too but I'm glad he's letting us try it out! The great news is that we can let her sleep as much as she wants at night as long as she is eating plenty during the day. This will help me feel a little more human...

Went to the lactation center today and it went well. I really hesitated going because I had a less than encouraging experience when I went for Claire almost 3 years ago. The consultant was very supportive and cheered me on! It was well worth it... I got some good pointers even though we got a little conflicting advice. She wants me to wake her up throughout the day every 2- 2 1/2 hours to feed her. I think I'm going to see how Eden does with making her own schedule and if she isn't eating 8 times a day, I'll initiate her eating more often. I also will probably go weigh her on Friday to make sure she is doing ok.

There's nothing like trying to feed a baby who doesn't want to eat or is so sleepy she won't wake up for ANYTHING! I will never forget the clinched jaw, tongue on the top of her mouth and simple refusing Eden gave me... or will still give me! She is probably going to be stubborn =) Here's three cheers for getting sleep at night!!! YIPEE!!

2 comments:

proud parents said...

Congratulations! I am so glad Eden is gaining so well! Are they having you supplement with straight formula or are you adding neosure to your breastmilk to make it higher calorie? If I remember correctly, breastmilk is 20 calories per ounce. We would add neosure to my milk to make it either 22 calories or 24 calories depending on how she was gaining. That way we didn't have to give her formula (really) and she was still getting the taste of my milk. We didn't want to confuse her any more than she already was! :) Of course, she would only get these bottles after I had tried to nurse her. Good luck! I hope you're done with the bottles for good! We got to get rid of them at 3 months and I think it was the best day of my life!! It's amazing how much time you can save when you're only nursing!!

Aubrey said...

I am so happy that God has been faithful. I know what a struggle this past month has been with feeding changes and weight gain. This is probably the best Christmas present you will receive.

Enjoy your Christmas.