Merry Christmas from Santa’s little helper.
Exciting news (for a sleep-deprived first time parent)! I had to visit the L&D at the hospital last night due to a suspected postpartum infection. I’m completely fine – my immune system is just trashed from giving birth. However, before I left, I pumped a bottle of breast milk for Baby Taco since wait times are notoriously long and my child demands the boob every two hours.
Well, Melody gave her the bottle and BT slept soundly for four hours afterward! Not only that, when she woke up, she was quiet and satisfied, not crying like she usually is. Intrigued, I pumped two more bottles for her before bedtime (3 am). When she woke up, we warmed up a bottle for her and drained it in less than 10 minutes. Breastfeeding requires at least an hour for us so this was truly a magical moment. We had a little moment where we kind of just looked at each other and enjoyed each other’s company. Then, she was back to sleep until 5:00 am. After another bottle, she didn’t wake up until 8:00 am! ST AND I GOT 4 HOURS OF SLEEP LAST NIGHT! We feel awesome – ST even watched a movie without falling asleep!
Our midwife advised us not to pump because it would cause nipple confusion and increase milk production and engorgement pain. However, I’ve actually experienced the opposite in terms of pain; I actually feel better. I have been concerned about nipple confusion but today, I breastfed BT the whole day (I missed connecting with her) and she latched on like a champ on both boobs. I also pumped three bottles of breast milk for later tonight.
I have noticed that when we bottle feed her, BT will sometimes reach for my left boob (her favorite) and it does make me a little sad. But, we do bond during the day and we all get a good night’s rest with this new plan. Also, new studies have shown that nipple confusion isn’t a significant factor in successful breastfeeding. Some claim it isn’t even real. I’m not sure what to believe, but I am very thankful BT is such a little champ at latching and taking the bottle.
We’ve also moved the changing pad into our bed and use it as a co-sleeper. Sleeping between us has also improved BT’s sleep, not to mention mine. I finally figured out why I couldn’t sleep during the day when she sleeps – I need her next to me. This morning, I took a nap from 9 am to 11:30 am with her. The only reason I woke up when I did was because ST kissed me.
I even had the opportunity to take some pictures of Santa’s little helper at 6 days old.
I love everything about her, but I can’t get enough of her tiny feet and even tinier toes.
And to all a good night!