Oh, wait, you mean there’s another way to be besides sleep-deprived?? I almost forgot! Let me just say, that an full eight hours of sleep is potentially the most glorious thing that has ever happened to me… at least in the last few weeks. My mom spent the night on Friday to help me try out our new plan of action for Brody. I did one last pumping session and hit the sheets at 11:00. Seriously, I woke up the next morning at 7:30 in the exact position I lay down in, and the sheets were untouched- I didn’t move at all, I was so tired!
Since we’ve started Brody on a strict feeding schedule, he has been SO much better! Of course, he still thinks he needs to eat if I’m holding him, so he’s a good bit fussier for me than other people because of that. For the first 24 hours, we used only bottles of breast milk, I didn’t nurse him at all. Then, I nursed once the next day, twice the next, etc. Saturday night was the first good night of sleep I’ve had where I’ve done all his feedings. I nursed him for each feeding, but cut it short when he was done eating so there was no comfort nursing. He actually slept and allowed three hours between feedings, which was great. Granted, he slept on my chest, but hey, we’ll get him sleeping first, then I’ll work on where he sleeps!!
I’m actually able to lay him down during the day, now, and he’s content. It’s so nice! I feel like we’re turning a corner. No, things aren’t perfect, but they are worlds better!
The one down-side to this course of action is that Brody now has some major nipple confusion going on! It’s horrible!! Basically, we he latches on to nurse, he treats my nipple like a bottle nipple… let’s just say they don’t exactly operate the same way, so it’s pretty darn unpleasant! I keep un-latching him and trying to get him on there right, but it’s not entirely successful, so I do a lot of gritting my teeth and grimacing! Now that he’s on a more normal schedule, we’re done with bottles (unless we have to leave him with a sitter in the future), so hopefully he will re-learn how to correctly nurse. If its not better in a couple of days, I’ll make another trip to the lactation consultant at the hospital for some advice.
I just realized that I didn’t share this picture from St. Patty’s Day with you guys here, but I did tweet/Facebook it. It’s probably one of the best pictures ever, in my opinion- just look… it speaks for itself!!
P.S. The winner of the Fifi’s Closet giveaway is now up on the giveaway blog HERE.
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