Thursday, July 9, 2009

We Have Weight Gain!!!

Tuesday they were down in weight by 4 & 5oz. So we had to reintroduce formula and use it as a supplement to the breast milk. Well after talking to the lactation consultant, we decided for the most part giving formula to the boys and pumping after to build up my milk supply and to get their weights up was the best option. I could try to do one boy on both breasts while the other gets a bottle and alternate, but to keep my sanity, we went with the easiest option-for now. As soon as I get enough for two bottles, we use the breast milk instead of formula to make sure they're getting some. Their wet diapers have increased-I think we went from having 6-7 wet diapers a day to at least 10. Their feeding times have changed as well. They were eating about every 2.5 to 3 hours but now they're eating about every 2-2.5 so they're definitely getting more. I was a bit nervous when it was time to weigh them, but I am happy to report we have weight gain! Go Boys!! Lucas is up 5oz and Ethan is up 6oz from Tuesday. I couldn't be more pleased!! They're not getting as much breast milk as I would've liked, but my supply isn't where it needs to be right now so they're getting all I can give(for now). The doctor was very happy too so we don't have to go back until their 1 month check up.

We think Ethan's fussiness was related to his not getting enough milk because since changing to the formula the fussiness has decreased to very little. That is a blessing. I feel bad because I didn't recognize that they weren't getting enough, but I'm happy it seems to be nothing major. We had one instance with fussiness last night, like the night before, so I took Ethan with me downstairs to the couch for mommy time and we snuggled and fell asleep together. I have to say, part of me is fine with it because he sleeps and I sleep and right now we both need it. Part of me likes it because I'm able to spend some time with him and once we lay down he isn't fussy so we can relax and talk :) Special moments!

1 comment:

The Lane Family said...

Yeah!!! I also had challenges getting enough milk for awhile and so I pumped and then used formula. It all worked out!!! Enjoy those precious moments because they pass so quickly!!!