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Friday, July 30, 2010

Just come back later if you don't want to read about boobs.

The hardest part about having this beautiful little girl is feeding her.

During Aspen's first night out of NICU, she didn't want to wake up to eat. My night nurse said it took her 15 minutes to prod Aspen out of her dreamworld- she changed her diaper, tickled her feet and bugged her until she was alert enough to visit me in my room and grab a bite. From there, she had to be cajoled into staying awake long enough to nurse on both sides.

Dude. Why am I complaining that my baby girl is sleeping so much? I'm going to regret it later. The problem is that I'm interested in helping her find a rhythm. Apparently, she's not interested and her constant sleeping is her way of showing me it's much too soon for a schedule of any kind. However, the pediatrician at the hospital reminded me that I only have three jobs to fulfil to take good care of Aspen, one of which is to feed her. So... I'd like to not suck at that.

While some feedings are successful (whether via nursing or bottle) others are a complete bust. I get Aspen all riled up and alert and the second she gets near a boob she conks out in my arms- even with the fan on high and nothing but a diaper on her little body.

The good news is that since Aspen sleeps so much, I get to cat nap a lot and feel less like a crazy person. In addition to sleeping, she's also pooping so at least Kev and I know she got something in her at some point and she's not going to starve to death. I suppose if I had nine months of effortless feeding I'd probably have little interest in eating if it actually took work. I'd much rather sleep too.

If only the nurse's pixie dust was for sale. Kev commented that it'd be awesome if we could bottle some of that up and take it home with us. You know what else would be awesome? If the lactation department would call me back.

7 comments:

  1. Feel free to call me any time with any questions. Seriously, I think I called my sister 12 times a day when I started nursing. And you could join the breastfeeding board at babycenter .com

    I used to rub Gaius' foot quite hard to keep him awake. Sometimes you have to feel like you're being mean.

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  2. Feel free to call me any time with any questions. Seriously, I think I called my sister 12 times a day when I started nursing. And you could join the breastfeeding board at babycenter .com

    I used to rub Gaius' foot quite hard to keep him awake. Sometimes you have to feel like you're being mean.

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  3. You know that is really common in most newborns, keep at it, it WILL get better. Both mine did that too and the trick I found that worked for me was to get a cold wash rag and rub it on their forehead or back while I was trying to nurse.

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  4. I say let her sleep. If she sleeps longer than 4 or 5 hours, or if you are in great pain and need to nurse, then wake her up. If not, just let her sleep. She will wake up when she is hungry. She isn't going to starve herself. Plus, she might be extra hungry when she wakes up and will latch better. That is my suggestion. But you make sure you do what is comfortable for you. That is the best advice you can take. Someone can give you advice until they are blue in the face, but you know your baby and her needs. You do what you think is best.

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  5. Hey just checking to see how things are going, i text you but i see that your phone is silenced (such a good idea) i would get calls right as i was able to lay down and get a tiny bit of sleep and that would have been a real good idea, i'd keep pestering the lactation department if they haven't called you back yet...or you can call your daughters pediatrition and he/she can help you with your questions too.. i hope thats helpful and not too much "mom advice" Take care and let me know if you need anything at all!

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  6. Oh, the feeding! It IS HARD, isn't it? Don't give up. She'll get the hang of it and breastfeeding will be awesome in no time.

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  7. i am FINALLY catching up around here, so this is probably old news. but like everyone has said, it will get easier!

    my lactation dept. was nonexistent, i think they called me back like, 5 days later. it sucks! i was like thanks though, Dr. Google helped me out. i hope they get back to you!

    she is such a doll. it all gets easier, and soon you'll only remember a haze of "oh, it was hard, but i don't really remember much". i think that's how people have more than one. :) you're a fantastic mom.

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