Call me Old Betsy...

As mentioned before Reid is on an intense feeding schedule...Every 2-3 hours {depends on time of day} she is fed a bottle of breast milk...The purpose of feeding her through a bottle is to allow the docs/I to measure exactly how many calories she is consuming- What she doesnt take through the bottle, I then have to feed through her tube...She is also on demand or after bottle feeds, nursing...This post is going to go there- so any males or woman who arent familiar with breastfeeding- I apologize in advance...Those, however that wish to go there with me, here goes...

So Im no stranger to breastfeeding, heck I only really had 4 weeks off from one babe to the next...These beauties have been in full swing since Noal was born in all reality...And as you can tell from these pictures, I had a bloody creamery going- Big boy had more than enough...


He was exclusively breastfed till he was 7 months, then food was involved, pizza was his 4th word & favourite thing & he finally stopped "ninging" at 15 months...Just in time for his little sister to be born- The thing is with Noal, I nursed him on demand & it was SO easy...I had absolutely no issues-I have friends who had real nursing nightmares...infections, sore nips, not enough milk, etc...I totally took for granted having an effortless go with it...

With Reid I thought it would be the same...The nurses/docs tried to tell me that because she has Down Syndrome, she might have difficulties- Low muscle tone stuff & harder for her to latch kinda thing...Knowing that off the hop, I was determined to show how "advanced" she's going to be in life & prove to them & myself that her motto in life is "she's got this"...And she did, she latched right away, I had a ton of supply & things were going grand...But, then add Reids bloody heart complications & our new feeding routine & I am officially a milking cow...She's either ninging off me or a pump is going every 2 hours...It's definately not the nice, effortless nursing I experienced with Noal but it's what is best for Pip so I'm mooing away...

I have some friends who chose to feed their babes this way...Pump & feed- Love you gals but youre insane- Its soooo much work...The time pumping, all the bottles, cleaning the bottles, cleaning the pump & two hours later doing it all again...Hats off to ya, if you choose this route or formula feeding but for me I wish I could stick to the good old ning nings...







2 comments:

  1. Bonnie Ella14.3.13

    LOL you make me laugh.
    I breast fed Harry for 6 months it wasnt the easiest but I got through it, with Kate I had postpartum issues I lasted about 3 weeks before throwing in the towel, it was so strange, every time I put her to breast I got so mad..almost like a rage, and I soon as I stopped it would go away, needless to say that was the end of that. I really want to Breast feed the newest when it arrives Im very nervous about it, I dont want to be, I really hope it works out I agree the convenience is fantabulous! and the bonding is amazing I hate to miss out on that again. Harry is a very snuggly and affectionate little man and Kate wants nothing to do with cuddles and all that sit down Jazz even as a baby she didnt like being held or slept with, Ive always wondered if it was the lack of breast or not!

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  2. Cora couldn't nurse until after her OHS. 1-1/2 weeks after, to be precise. And she immediately stopped the bottle. I get it; she was practically force fed those 11 weeks and she hated it. I hated it too; pumping and feeding, putting the rest in the NG tube... She is a nursing machine. Almost too much so. At 26 months old (I could just say 2, I guess) she still nurses rather than drinking anything. No bottles, barely any drinking from a cup. Great for her health, but rough when there are no other options for fluid and I can't be away from her for more than a few hours. But I love breastfeeding. I am so glad I stuck with it and LOVE seeing posts about breastfeeding babies with Ds. (Especially those with heart defects.) I want the message out there that it can be done.

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