One of the best indicators of how feeding is going for a baby is by weight. As is typical, our Lactation Consultant, Donna weighed William several times throughout his appointment. With just a diaper on (with a negligible weight, yet it also is weighed and subtracted), it is apparent he is gaining weight. Still, as the goal is for him to be weaned off formula and take in only breastmilk as soon as is possible and beneficial for him, we are hoping a lot of that weight gain is not from formula. He is currently getting about eight ounces of formula over two feedings, so most of his feedings, six or so daily, are entirely or in large part made up only of breastmilk.
As we did last time, we spent a lot of time on positioning to make sure he is getting the most effective latch. I even had Matt video me getting William to a proper and effective latch so I can review it later.
Perhaps William was effected a bit by his surroundings. He only drank for about fifteen minutes on each side and quit, though his cries showed he was not happy. Donna also observed that while in ideal situations he would swallow every suck in, he was only swallowing every three sucks or so.
Donna recommended we always feed him with the bottle at a level to his propped head as I am doing below and not with too much of a tipped angle as she very briefly demonstrated above.
I had William wear his Hungry Hungry Baby onesie designed by Bree, the outfit that won the decorating contest at my baby shower.
These comics at the Lactation office always crack me up. They are so funny as they are so true to life.
William was wrapped up and ready to go home.
Donna recommended I add Shatarvi in capsule form to the Fennugreek I’m already taking to boost milk supply. I’ll report on any milk boosts I gain with this new herbal addition.