It's official! Baby is a Dumpling!
NG weighed in at 9 pounds 6.1 ounces. The weight loss fears are finally behind us! She is filling out nicely, fitting into her clothes like the fashion plate she is ("how can you go wrong when you only dress me in every shade of pink, mommy?") and is just so heavy. I know, I know, they get heavier...
Went to my lactation consultant who is back from vacation (big sigh of relief). The main gist of the session was that we need to do what we feel works for us. At this point, I have purchased two bottles - Dr. Brown's and Playtex Drop Ins - and for now the latter seems to work for us. Honestly, G. has the hang of the bottle thing way better than I do. We started using them this week, mostly because the finger feeder has a hole and is leaking. Partly because 1 hour plus feedings in the wee hours was taking a toll on us both.
Yes, I was terrified to buy a bottle. I felt resigned to yet another step further away from breastfeeding. But with a clearer head (read: lots more rest thanks to G.), I can see that whatever is best for baby - given the circumstances - is best. Yeah, you bottle feeders out there will cheer while I expect many of the breasty's will cluck tongues. I am disappointed I can't join either club entirely. I'm in the Pump and Bottle club now with a little Nipple Shield on the side. Where's my posse? Let's hear a shout out for a year of pumping ahead!
Am I entirely giving up the breast? No way. We tried the nipple shield, and I mentioned how it was still cutting and irritating my nipples. NG latched on instantly and sucked away like a vampire. No problem on the silicone booby. Then after, I felt the stinging pain and saw the tiny red blood blisters.
Suddenly, my LC asked "Is she sucking the nipple all the way to the top of the shield?"
Hmmmm...I never noticed. Sure enough, she of the Hoover suck was doing just that - and let me tell you, my nipple is nearly flat and that shield nipple is awfully long. It appears that my nipple is ramming into the top of the shield where it is being sucked through the 4 tiny holes at the top causing the friction that creates the tiny round blisters that grow to larger blisters. Yikes! So it wasn't my imagination that the shield was hurting.
There is an option of cutting the nipple shield nipple down gradually although silicone can be sharp/jagged without the right cutting utensil. Anyone have any experience doing this? By doing this, NG can still latch on but without causing the blistering pain for me and maybe eventually transition to the breast on her own. All you nipple shield wielding women, please comment.
Bottom line: Baby is doing great, Momma is doing better and Daddy is always saving the day with his sweet ways. What more could a gal want?