Dude-Breastfeeding and growthspurts

Evangeline has been smack in the midst of a growth spurt that last 2 days, just as they said would happen arounds days 7-10.
Last night was especially brutal, she wanted to nurse every hour and a half, for 30 minutes..you do the math, this means we were sleeping about 35-40 minutes between nursing sessions and that my standard 4 hour stretch between 7-11 did not happen today, I am beyond burnt out. Evangeline is also really fussy today, she is finally asleep in her bouncy chair and I had a free hand to eat..I was starving.

I love her, adore her, to pieces,but parenting is hard, I really had no idea. I am lucky to get in a meal each day before dinner when Dave is home to help, living off of fruit (thanks to Colleen 🙂 and her wonderful edible arrangement) and cottage cheese and yogurt and crackers,basically whatever I can grab and eat with one hand when E dosen’t want to be put down. I am 11 days post partum today and as I got dressed in front of the mirror this morning I realized I looked way visibly thinner, I stepped on the scale. 11 days post partum I am 10 pounds lighter then I was at my first pregnancy appointment in June. I have lost 22 lbs in a week, I knew breastfeeding burned calories but that is freaking insane, considering I am not starving myself.

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“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein. When it feels like your world has been shattered, and you have reached rock bottom, you must make a choice: Stay where you are and fade away, or keep moving forward. Thankfully I chose to move forward and was blessed with the two most wonderful children after the death of my first in early labor. Things are looking up.

Posted on February 4, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Do you have a sling or a wrap (like a moby?) they are honestly god sends and it will be much easier to get things done with her in one with your hands free. I feel for you the first few months are a huge adjustment xo

    • I have a one size sling, like a hotsling, it’s a nursing under cover sling but she hates it, her head is to deep in it and she hates that, it’s good for the rest of her, and so I tried putting a rolled blanket under her head to give it height and that just put her head a weird angle. So that sling is not going to work for us right now. I want a moby but they are way to expensive, so I am debating making my own, I also kinda want a Mai Tai but someone told me she might be to young and floppy for a mei tai right now as well. I deff. want to find a baby carrier that works for us though.

  2. Muffins. They saved my life in the early weeks and months of parenting. If you make a healthy kind of muffin, basically a meal in a paper liner, you can quickly grab it, eat it with one hand, without utensils or a plate, and it can be eaten warm or cold. And they freeze well!! Buy them, make them, or beg a friend to bake them!

  3. feels good having the weight off ya huh?!!

  4. I lost about that much weight those first weeks. It’s amazing how hard it is to do basic things, like pee and eat! But you figure them out…
    Do you have a breastfeeding basket? Bottle of water, snacks, lanolin (if needed, I used it liberally), book/iPod/magazine/whatever. Camera, maybe?
    Snacks like nuts, trailmix, granola bars, popcorn, pretzels, corn chips, already cut up veggies, anything portable and easy to grab. Have Dave cut up cubes of cheese and leave it in the fridge. (He can also make sandwiches you can grab out of the fridge.) Bagels work, too. Cottage cheese is great (and my middle of the night pregnancy standby!)

    • We don’t have one handed down yet, her head is to floopy so she needs me to hold boob and head and help out. So I get Dave to help out when he is home and just wait for a moment when home alone.

      • My lifesaver was a great pillow called My Brest Friend (goofy name) that my LC step-mom got me. It allowed me to nurse with just one hand (holding the boob) since it kept Rem
        positioned for me. And I could walk around nursing, cautiously, since it was strapped to me!
        This is all good stuff for me to remember (and WHOA try to figure out how I’m gonna do all this with a four year old to feed/ change diapers of/ take places!!!!!)!
        ((((((((loveyou)))))))

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