Great Expectations: Meagan @ 2 Months Postpartum

I just got back from Adelyn’s 2-month-check up. I was looking forward to this appointment because a few weeks ago she started giving me some problems breastfeeding. She has been crying when I try to get her to eat. I tried a variety of things to coax her into feeding. I found that standing and walking with her worked best. This was all new territory for me because my first two were excellent nursers and would take the breast anytime it was offered. Not only was Adelyn not taking it at every offering, but also she was wanting to space out feedings and then would only nurse for about five minutes per feeding. So what did the doctor have to say? Chill out. At least that’s my interpretation of what he said.

 

During our struggles, Adelyn seemed to be getting enough to eat because she was acting fine and had enough wet diapers. But it bothered me that she seemed to nurse infrequently and quickly. Of course I turned to books and online sources. They all tell how often a newborn should feed (every two hours), but they fail to go beyond that. How was I supposed to know the ideal frequency for a two-month-old? After all, my first two fed every two to three hours for months. The books also all warned that if a baby doesn’t feed often enough, your supply could suffer. Great. So now I wasn’t only worrying about her ability to thrive, but also the level of my milk supply. Who said breastfeeding was easy? This being my third child, you’d think I would be a seasoned pro. After all, I nursed the first two exclusively for nine months each and they weaned after the age of one. The problem was the first two were very similar and never gave me any issues. They fed like champs. Well, perhaps they fed too well, as you can see below from Kenna’s plethora of fat rolls.


As for Adelyn, I had no idea how her weight was doing. I was tempted to put her in the produce scale at the grocery store to see what she weighed. Instead, I waited for today’s appointment. Turns out that she is holding steady in the 50th percentile at nearly 12 pounds. She is growing ever longer, measuring 24 inches, which puts her in the 95th. (She apparently didn’t get my height genes.) When the doc saw her numbers and took a look at her, he basically said she’s completely healthy and thriving. I told him about the fussy feedings and all I had done to try to get her to feed. He said I had done exactly as he would’ve recommended. Given her numbers, he thinks I have an abundant supply and she can handle a larger quantity at an earlier age than my first two kids could, plus she is so efficient that she can drain the breast quickly.

 

So what I’ve learned today is that each child is different. Just because you have three kids, it doesn’t mean you are a pro by any means. Breastfeeding can be stressful, but a healthy baby knows what she is doing. Sometimes you just need to take a deep breath. And at other times you need to throw away the books.

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Meagan Church is the blogger at www.DefiningMotherhood.com where she explores her role as a mother of two-and-a-half little ones, as well as Unexpectant, where she explores the realities of birth, babies and beyond. Learn more by following Meagan on Twitter @unexpectant or by visiting www.MeaganChurch.com.

Comments

  1. Emily says:

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  2. Liora says:

    I hear of this often. About half the time, there is undiagnosed thrush in the baby’s mouth. Wait till a time she is laughing (or crying) and look in there, all around, with a flashlight if you can. If you see whitish cream on the back of the tongue, or any patch on the gumline or inner cheek of white, that’s not milk. It’s a candida/thrush/fungus colony. Doctors do not know how to notice this. I have seen two infants in the past month whose docs had just given them a clean bill of health, even though the mother mentioned feeding problems (one had shooting pains in the breast, too, meaning she also had thrush in her breast).

    It is not easy to treat. Gentian Violet is an old trusted, if messy, standby. Grapefruit Seed Extract one drop in a glass of water, swished in baby’s mouth after feedings, can help. Internally, too, if you can manage it (It is extremely bitter), one drop in a bottle of EBM is enough for a baby and extremely antifungal. You can take it in a capsule, or several drops in lemonade or orange juice.

    Probiotics given by mouth are essential. There is controversy and some mothers prefer to get a brand without Strep (S. Salivarius, S. Thermophilus, are both strep organisms). Try for about 8 to 10 strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidus organisms. 8 billion organisms potency per day is good.

    You can wash your nipple with white vinegar or mild GSE solution after nursing, and air dry. Treat your bras in extremely hot water with Tea Tree Oil.

    Babies who had antibiotics, babies who were born by cesarean, and babies vaginally born to mothers with tendency to experience recurrent vaginal yeast infections are at higher risk, but thrush can happen to anyone. In any case, Probiotics for all infants is a very good idea and something that Michel Odent recommends for lifelong health establishment. good luck!

  3. Amy Bauer says:

    When my daughter (now nearly 3yo) was about 7-8 weeks old, she would often cry and bat her tiny fists when I would try to get her to latch. Turns out that she wasn’t feeling the tip of the nipple hit the point on the roof of her mouth between the soft and hard palates. In other words, my nipple wasn’t reaching far enough back in her mouth to elicit the suck reflex. After working closely with my pediatrician’s lactation consultant on staff and with some help from La Leche League International, I worked hard with my little one to establish a better, deeper latch. Within a couple of weeks, my baby got with the program, so to speak, and we didn’t have too many issues with breastfeeding. I am happy to say that I exclusively breastfed her for a full six-months and she breastfed until she was about 12months. (At six months, we started to incorporate foods, not formula, into her diet.)

  4. Meagan says:

    Thank you so much for your comments. I will definitely take a look at the thrush thing. Amy, your comment especially got my attention because I have thought of it as a latching issue. It’s like she just doesn’t get it right, like she’s not feeling it. I’ll have to see if I can find some help out there and see if we can resolve this issue and make it better for everyone involved. Again, thanks! I appreciate any tips you have!

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