Sunday, December 12, 2010
So far so good...
Only 21 more days until I get to introduce solids...but who's counting? Although it sounds nice to be able to give my baby something other than breastmilk to eat, somehow I think that's going to be another challenge/bump in the road in itself. But, I'm up for it. I have been exclusively breastfeeding successfully for the past five plus months. I think I can handle a mashed carrots mess, c'mon son!
This week has been good though, I have enough milk in the fridge for bambina, and have also been breastfeeding her successfully. And that's even though she's already moved up to 6 ounces! Yikes! For a while now she was eating 4 ounces of bottled breastmilk, maaaaaybe 4.5. But now, she's doing about 5 to 6 ounces during the day, and for sure 6 ounces at night when I put her down to bed. Wow, I'm so glad solids are just around the corner because I know for sure I wouldn't be able to keep up with feeding her 6 ounces every 3 or so hours with my milk supply. Like I said before, I can baaarely get 3 ounces out when I pump. Sigh. I guess it's just the way thing happen right? The perfect science that is creation, babies, breastfeeding. Works for me. So now, I've had to move up from the 5 ounce Medela "starter bottles", as I like to call them, to these Playtex VentAire bottles. The ones I have hold 6 and 8 ounces. They are a lot thicker than the Medela ones, and the nipple is a little larger as well. And they're supposed to keep the air out of the bottles better. Although I never really had any problems with that, with the Medela ones. But I do hear a difference when I feed her with both bottles. With the Medela one, I can hear the air bubbles a lot when she's eating, but with the VentAire one, it's very quiet, I can't hear any of the air bubbles sound. So I know it's doing something. But overall, my baby hasn't ever had lot of gas or was uneasiness after eating like I hear, with either of these two bottles.
We'll see how it goes in these next several days. Last weekend I was supposed to go out to volunteer at an event and I couldn't go because I just could not save up enough milk for baby girl to eat, so I had to stay home :-( Such is the life of a breastfeeding mama. But, tonight was much better. And, there is enough milk in the fridge that I get to freeze the milk I'm currently pumping as we speak! It's days like today that make breastfeeding so darn easy. Ooh, and there goes my 20 minutes, time's up! Bye for now :-)