We have so many changes going on right now, I am having a hard time keeping up. I’m having a hard time digesting it all and figuring it all out. Am I over thinking it? Am I too worried? Is one effecting the other? Am I paying enough attention to what Chet is trying to tell me? Letting this little man guide me through his life is definitely teaching me to trust, to listen, to slow down and to relax (or at least to try to do all these things).
Change/Worry #1 – Milk Supply
When I went back to work I had over 150 ounces of milk in our freezer. I now have less than 10 bags. If we keep up at this rate, we might have to start considering formula (and this makes me want to cry. Okay – It has made me cry!). I’ve googled and looked up my favorite websites – Dr. Sears and Kelly Mom. I’m trying to be better about pumping every 3 hours while I’m at work.
Change/Worry #2 – Nursing
Chet continues to reject nursing. There are many things that could be causing it. Teething. My period. Nursing Strike. I will continue to offer it to him and hope that he will come back to it. Right now he will only nurse in the middle of the night (for the past 3 days).
Change/Worry #3 – Milk Supply & Nursing
They go hand in hand. How am I going to get my milk supply to increase if my baby won’t nurse. Is my milk supply low and my baby not nursing because of the hormone changes brought on by my period? Are those little teeth I can spy just beneath his gum effecting him too?
Change/Worry #4 – Introducing Solids
It’s time. I don’t want it to be time, but Chet is exhibiting every telltale sign that he is ready. He tracks our food when he eats. He mimics our mouth gestures. He eats everything (nonfood items) put in front of him. My milk supply isn’t keeping up with his demands.
Just like everything else in the nearly 5 months of Chet’s life, nothing is going according to plan. I had every intention of nursing my baby well passed his first birthday until he naturally weaned himself and after it wasn’t needed for nutrition (someone please tell me this is still possible!). I had planned on introducing solids at some point after his 6 month birthday. I wanted to go straight to whole foods following the baby lead weaning method. Now that he is telling me he is ready now, I’m no longer comfortable with this method. Pureed baby food it is. I still think we are going to skip over the rice cereals. I hope he likes squash this weekend. I never in a million years thought I would ever buy a can of formula, but I don’t know what else to do if I’m not making enough milk.
Since Chet isn’t following my plan, I hope that by following his plan things began to fall into place. I’m hoping that introducing food slowly will cut down on his demand for breast milk. I’m hoping his teeth will come in and my period will go away, and Chet will happily return to nursing. I’m hoping the extra attention to diligently pumping will help increase my milk supply.
And if I wasn’t overwhelmed enough by trying to figure out all the breast milk/nursing/solid food concerns, Chet monster decided to surprise me with another change this morning. Guess who decided to start sleeping on his belly last night? This one makes me smile though. Doesn’t he look cozy?
Tips for surviving all of the above? Suggestions? Hugs? I’ll take them all.