Courtney turned two weeks old yesterday! TWO WEEKS! 8-O We are still working on breastfeeding and since my last post on the topic, I've cried even more. I met with a lactation consultant last Friday and she was great. I tried and tried to follow her recomendations but it is so hard. When Courtney was weighed that day, she was 7 pounds 9 ounces. She was working hard at getting back up to her birth weight. This morning we had her two week appointment with the pediatrician and I was really sad when I found out she weighed 7 pounds 5 ounces. She's lost more weight. I cried when we left the office because I once again feel like I'm failing at the one thing I should be able to do, feed my child. The pediatrician was wonderful and recommended that we start feeding her with a bottle (pumped breastmilk) so that 1) She gets a nice 4 ounces and 2) Daddy can feed her so I can get some sleep. This brought more tears as I was really hoping to hold off on feeding her with a bottle at least until she was 4 weeks. But hearing it from the doctor made me realize that I need to do this for her and for me.
At her appointment today, she measured in the 50% percentile for height and her head measured in the 10% percentile. I have another appointment with the lactation consulatant today and I'll discuss with her the pediatricians advice to feed her with the bottle a few times a day. The doctor also asked to have the LC call her after my appointment. We have another appointment with the pediatrician on Friday for a check-up.
I have been concerned with how much milk I'm pumping the last two days. I was getting a nice 4 ounces from one side over the weekend and now I'm getting 1 maybe 2 ounces each time I pump. The pediatrician told me how important it is for me to eat, eat, eat and drink lots of water. Both of these things I have been slacking on. The last thing on my mind is eating when Courtney is fed, sleeping and I have an hour until she eats again. I'd prefer to sleep or shower. So this is something I have to start working on. I need to keep eating high calories in order to keep up my milk supply.
As for me, it has been two weeks since I had major surgery and my incision is healing pretty good. According to our scale at home I am down a nice 31 pounds. Just 11 pounds away from what I weighed before I got pregnant. But I have a feeling that weight will plateau since I need to start taking in a bunch more calories to keep up my supply. My next doctors appointment is June 29.