All is going well with the postpartum and newborn care, especially in the breastfeeding pain category. What a relief :)
But I just realized this weekend that we had to introduce the bottle... oh yikes, she is already 6 weeks. Luckily she took it with no problems. Phew. Crisis averted.
But oh no! I left an extra 2 oz bag of premium early breastmilk out on the counter, you know the early kind that looks like butter. I do not want to waste that - it's practically colostrum! I rushed over to KellyMom to find out how long I could store it in the refrigerator. 24 hours? Yikes. Ok, let's do this all again tomorrow.
We did, and luckily she can go back and forth from bottle to breast ok too. Phew. Crisis averted.
But what is this clicking sound she has been making when nursing? My friend at Stork and Sprout suggested it might be something the baby is doing to manage heavy flow and to recline when nursing. I know I have a crazy overactive let-down. It's like I have 2 supersoakers holstered in my bra. Sure enough reclining makes the clicking stop. Crisis averted. (Hat tip to Brittany at Healthy Horizons;))
But then my husband asked, aren't some babies happy at least some of the time? I realized he was right, why do I have to swing her on her belly every waking minute? And why is her poop the color of bright green grass? Googling, oh googling, you are the double-edged sword of moms. According to breastfeeding guru Jack Newman, these are both signs of colic caused by getting too much fore milk and not enough hind milk. My baby is on a low fat high carb diet. No wonder she is miserable! So now I'm trying his recommendations, including to pump the fore milk off a bit when needed. The green stool is not as bright and she is a little less fussy. Crisis aversion in progress.
But when, WHEN exactly do you do that pumping? While baby is screaming? Crisis continues.
Then my friend described her child's reflux symptioms: Hiccuping, arching, pulling off at breast, etc. Oh dear, check check check.
Hanging in there at the 6-week mark. Breastfeeding pain comes in so many forms...