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Three very tough weeks have gone by since my last post… sorry about that. Today is the first day I have had a moment where I am home and baby Hayden will finally let Mommy get a few things done… including some time to spend writing on the blog. So again, sorry I disappeared! I hope you all come back 🙂
This is going to be just a quick post for now, I will post again probably later today. Chase and I are getting ready to go back down to San Diego – Daddy has some work to do! Once again, we are staying at The Hard Rock! I love this place, but mostly just because they have a Pinkberry in the lobby of the hotel. Score.
Anyways, just thought I would share some pictures, and say hello. I feel like I have been gone for an eternity! Here is a little bit of an explanation: Hayden has been a very difficult baby for the past three weeks because I wasn’t producing enough breastmilk for her. I didn’t realize what was happening (Grandma helped me realize I wasn’t drinking nearly enough fluids), and she was hungry all the time- therefore attached to my boob 24/7 and not a happy camper!
Since we realized what was wrong (this past Sunday evening) we have started supplementing with formula. I have been pumping on the side, but between both breasts I can only produce about 1/4 oz. per pump session! Umm… TMI real quick ~ I went from leaking breast milk all over my pajamas and the bed.. to a Great Milk Depression. What went wrong?
Well, looking back… this happened because I was so stressed having her on my boob nearly every minute of the day that I forgot to take care of myself. So ladies- if you plan on breastfeeding your little one, make sure you are drinking enough water. Buckets! All along I have been taking Fenugreek vitamins, my regular vitamins (D, b-12, Iron, Prenatal, & Probiotics) and putting down lots of nutritious smoothies, but I somehow overlooked the single most important thing- water (which also helps your body create breast milk) My body was dehydrated and so was Hayden’s. She hadn’t pooped in 10 days! We went to the doctor and they said she was gaining weight (7 lbs. 4 oz. now), and she had a soft tummy which meant she wasn’t bloated. They weren’t real sure why she hadn’t pooped, however they said this was a common occurrence with newborns who are exclusively breast fed. So I went home and continued to unknowingly breastfeed my hungry baby about 1/4 oz. per feed. No wonder she was attached to me every minute of the day. Most babies her age put down 2-4 oz. per feed. Luckily, after we gave her the formula, she was able to fill her little belly up and she had a huge blowout poop! Needless to say, oxi-clean didn’t even get the stain out of those jammies!
Well I would love to post more, but Hayden just woke up and I need to pack for SD! I will be back later, promise 😉
- Birth Story Part II (sweetlyvegan.com)
- Expressing Your Breast Milk (enfamil.com)
- Baby Hayden 1 Week Old (sweetlyvegan.com)
- Bottle-feeding and Obesity Risk (scienceofmom.com)
- Choosing to Supplement (enfamil.com)