Feeding Fail

It’s been a stressful couple of days for us. We took Lucy to her newborn checkup yesterday and discovered her weight was down to 6 lbs., 2 oz., down 4 oz. from her discharge weight and 12 oz. from her birth weight. Blood work showed that she was dehydrated, so the doctor told us to supplement with formula. I felt awful, like I couldn’t provide enough for her and that I had caused her to lose so much weight. We were told to give her an ounce of formula an hour, but she really only drank 1/4 oz.-1/2 oz. an hour. I think the nursing plus trying to get the formula down here was too much.

Joe enjoyed getting to feed her.

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In fact, they even enjoyed a bottle together!

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Today, we went back to have her blood work and weight checked. She was back up to 6 lbs., 6 oz., her discharge weight, and her blood work was perfectly normal. The doctor told us today that her numbers yesterday were “scary”. I’m glad he didn’t tell us how bad they were yesterday because I would have been a basket case all night.

He also told me that I may not be able to nurse. Today is four days postpartum, and he says milk typically comes in within 72 hours. I know that’s not a hard and fast rule, but he seemed surprised that I have no symptoms of it coming in yet and says that some women just aren’t able to nurse. I’ve been pumping since last night to try to keep my supply coming since the supplementing has caused Lucy to not want to nurse as much, but I’m still not getting much. The doctor told me to keep trying until Monday and that if I don’t have anything by then I likely won’t be getting any. I don’t really know what to think about all this. On one hand, I was kind of enjoying nursing and, as weird as it sounds, I was looking forward to pumping. However, nursing has been REALLY painful for me.

I guess I’ll keep trying and we’ll see next week.