After Brooklyn's weight percentage drop a month ago, we had to make some changes to our feeding routines. I was advised by the doctor to nurse her every two hours, supplement with formula, and then pump to see how much milk I was producing. I did this faithfully for a week and took her back to the doctor for a weight check. She had gained half a pound in that week and maintained her percentage (2%), which is what she should be doing.
So something worked that week, but whether it was the extra feeding, the formula, or both, I don't know. What I DO know is that it was super stressful and a huge pain. I knew I couldn't keep it up, especially with having to take care of three other kids. I'm sure someone would tell me I could do it if I REALLY wanted to, and that's true, so I guess I'm just not that committed to breastfeeding. It's been a struggle, in different ways, with each child, and I've never totally loved it. So I decided to just start weaning her. I read recently that breastfeeding for the first three months has the most benefits for the baby, compared to the months after that, so I'll just feel good about making it through those first few months then. Anything to make me feel better, right?
So over the past couple of weeks, I've started giving her bottles several times a day instead of nursing. She takes bottles just fine, but I think she's used to having to work harder, so she acts like she's drowning and then spits up half the contents directly after. She will scream if I try to take it away to burp her before she's finished, so I'm sure that doesn't help either. So now we get to figure out this bottle feeding thing. While I was in Utah, being very frustrated, I went to the store to get some slower flowing nipples. I didn't have many options, but found some bottles that were supposed to release milk more like real breasts and slower. They do seem to help a little, but she still gets a little frustrated. So we'll see how this goes! It seems like no matter how many kids you've had, you always have to learn something new along the way.
I took her in again this past week for another weight check and she is still doing great and gaining like she should. The doctor told me I should be feeding her more, but since that just makes her spit up more, I think we're good where we are. She is now 9 lbs. 15 oz. (2%) and 23 inches tall (25%).
She is sleeping SO much better now (because she is eating more maybe?). So am I! She started sleeping through the night a couple weeks ago, waking up at about 5:30 or 6:00 in the morning. She is still in our room during the night so that she doesn't wake Emersen too early.
She isn't rolling all the way over yet, but she gets onto her side. She still despises tummy time. Her siren cry doesn't happen as often anymore, but once in a while she still gets pretty mad. She is loving baths more and more, but I think what she really enjoys about them is the extra one-on-one time. She likes to sit in the bouncer and watch all the kids run here and there. I always wonder what she thinks about those crazies :)
My Aunt Janese gave her this lacy romper.