Saturday, May 16, 2009

2 months

My little baby boy is 2 months. The first month is a figuring out time. Figuring out their needs & wants. Determining their cries. The second month should get easier. Maybe the little one gets on a schedule. Nursing gets more comfortable. In our case, this has not happened. Each day has been getting harder. The baby continues to be fussy. His cries are stronger & louder. I feel like I have pulled every hat out and nothing has worked. I have been left second guessing myself, feeling insecure. Left not able to comfort my baby at times and feeling like an awful mother. It has been hard. Then, mastitis set in. Having more trouble nursing during this period, led me to consult a lactation specialist. And then a moment of relief. (Ommmm) And peace. I have oversupply and that is the cause of my baby's fussiness. It was a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. A feeling of it not being my fault. A new perspective. A feeling of hope.

Now, with the help of a lactation specialist, we are on a plan to correct my milk supply. My little one also started babbling and smiling and it has been an amazing time for me. I feel like a better mother and I have able to connect more with my little one.

Here is some info on oversupply from the La Leche League website. These are possible symptoms:
  • Baby cries a lot, and is often very irritable and/or restless
  • Baby may sometimes gulp, choke, sputter, or cough during feedings at breast
  • Baby may seem to bite or clamp down on the nipple while feeding
  • Milk sprays when baby comes off, especially at the beginning of a feeding
  • Mother may have sore nipples
  • Baby may arch and hold himself very stiffly, sometimes screaming
  • Feedings often seem like battles, with baby nursing fitfully on and off
  • Feedings may be short, lasting only 5 or 10 minutes total
  • Baby may seem to have a "love-hate" relationship with the breast
  • Baby may burp or pass gas frequently between feedings, tending to spit up a lot
  • Baby may have green, watery or foamy, explosive stools
  • Mother's breasts feel very full most of the time
  • Mother may have frequent plugged ducts, which can sometimes lead to mastitis (breast infection)


Anonymous said...

he looks so peaceful. what kind of wrap are you using? i am expecting soon and would like to try one of these with my newborn. glad you figured out what was causing the issues with your breastfeeding.

Christine said...

We have a blue celery sling and it is very comfortable. I was told that it was best to wait until I had the baby to be measured, as there are sizes with this type of sling. I was also looking at the Moby sling as well. It is very versatile. Good luck, as well.


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