Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Peanut got passed around like a hot potato, and she loved every minute of the attention from her adoring extended family. She posed gracefully in photo after photo and kept smiling through all the kisses. On Sunday, when I picked her up from the church nursery, the nursery worker commented, "Oh. The Smiling Baby!"
It was a good visit, and despite my worries of unwarranted advice, all was well. I'm beginning to realize I truly am a first-time parent though, and perhaps my concerns make me seem a bit uptight at times. I can only pray for others to give me grace in this regard, as I am learning more and more each day what it truly means to be a mother and how to parent a growing child. I need the Lord's guidance now more than ever, and I am seeking that out with an open heart.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
We will be traveling to my original hometown for Peanut's first Thanksgiving, and I think she will be smothered by all her extended relatives who are anxious to see her.
What I'm not looking forward to...
- "Are you STILL breastfeeding?!"
- "She's still hungry, give her a bottle!"
- "Why is she crying, she shouldn't be doing that" (after being handled for 2.5 hrs and needing a nap)
- "She's not sleeping through the night YET? Something must be wrong, give her some cereal!"
- "She's not bundled up enough. It's 50 degrees outside, she should wear a snowsuit!"
- "You aren't giving her cereal? She needs it."
- "Here, give her a spoonful of cranberry sauce. See if she likes it!"
- "I don't think she's eating enough."
- "She should be going 5 hours in between feedings by now."
- ect. ect. ect.
My family does mean well, but sometimes advice and comments like the above are exhausting and demeaning. This is just the beginning of the holiday season (we will also be traveling for Christmas and New Years), so I guess I better get used to it quick.
So here's a reader question of the day - How do you handle unwanted advice and comments from relatives who disagree with your parenting choices?
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Peanut definitely wasn't taking in as much as she could, after being weighed both before and after feedings, so the LC advised me on ways to get my supply back up to par. She gave me this delicious tea, Mother's Milk, which I was to drink 3 times daily. I also was instructed to pump more often and offer each breast for a feeding (I had previously only been offering Peanut one at a time since she had seemed satisfied in the beginning from it).
After a week of nursing nonstop, drinking tea and pumping, I went back in to see how much Peanut weighed and if my supply had gone up. Well, she gained a full 4 oz in that week! AND she got 2x as much milk as last week in a feeding! I was so happy! And Peanut surely was too!
I'm proud of each moment that I am able to continue breastfeeding and that I have made it this far (4.5 months) without having to supplement with formula. However, because my mother and grandmother did not breastfeed, I don't have a close support network to draw from concerning this issue. I am thankful I was able to visit with an LC who could give me some much needed insight on things! Support, I am realizing, is extremely important for a successful breastfeeding experience. I am blessed to have a wonderful husband who supports me wholeheartedly in this endeavor!
Here's to more successful breastfeeding milestones I hope to meet in the future!