Friday, September 30, 2011

Mila is 2 Months Old!

My brave lil' womanly got her 2 month shots this week.  It was SO traumatic.  I don't know if it was worse for me than her, but when she started quivering her little lip and crying, I almost started to do the same.  Poor thing was really miserable and out of it for awhile, she really did not like those shots!

Mila is slightly above average for her height, and under average for her weight.  She weighed in at 9 lbs 14 oz, so she's still pretty teeny.  I'm not surprised by her stats, because Cade was about like her - tall and skinny.  (Maybe like their mama?)

I am REALLY having a hard time with breast-feeding.  I just can't seem to produce enough milk for her.  I nurse her, but almost always, 20-30 minutes after I feed her, she's ravenous again, so I make her a bottle.  If we were like pilgrims and formula wasn't invented, what would I do for my poor girl?  Give her something outrageous like milk from the goats I'd have to inevitably milk everyday?  Gross.  Anyway, if any of you can send some good, vitamin D rich milk vibes my way, please do so!

We blessed Mila on Sunday and that went well.  I was super stressed trying to plan a party and arrange for food, etc, (my whole family came) but it seemed to go off without a hitch and Brandon gave her a beautiful blessing.  Thanks again to all my fam for coming and supporting me and Mila.  :)
Daddy and Mila on her blessing day.

Loved her blessing outfit.  That gold cardigan, and she was wearing bloomers.  BLOOMERS!

Love you, Mees.


Traci said...

If she's hungry 20-30 minutes after you feed her I would let her nurse again instead of giving her a bottle. If she's nursing it's telling your body she needs more milk.

You could also pump in between to try to increase your supply.

You could also try taking Fenugreek to increase your supply. It will make you smell like syrup but it should help you produce more milk

Good Luck!

Amber Larsen said...

I agree with Traci on the nursing or pumping between feedings. I always had a hard time producing a big supply for my babies. I stopped after 2 or 3 months with Phoenix, but made it 8 months with the other two. Pumping even when you're empty is a pain, but it did cause me to produce more in the end... BUT one thing I have add is IT OK IF YOU JUST CAN'T DO IT ANYMORE!!! I beat myself up for days and months about not being a good milk producer and when I finally switched over to formula and baby was happy, healthy, and full I wondered why I stressed myself out so much over it? It was a much bigger deal in my head than what it truly was... she'll be smart, happy, and healthy no matter which milk she is fed :)

brie said...

amber, thanks for telling me it's okay if i need to stop breastfeeding - i don't plan on it, but it was nice to hear - you know, that you understood. :)

Krista said...

There is an herb called Lactation Ease (I think it has fenugreek, blessed thistle, and something else in it) that I just bought at Good Earth. It's like $13 a bottle and it's supposed to help with milk production. I read online it can make some mommies and babies gassy, but I haven't noticed anything yet. I'll let you know if I thin it works.

Tia said...

fenugreek worked wonders for me!
also, ask your doc about Domperidone :)

Ms. Jess said...

Oatmeal. If you like oatmeal (or even oatmeal cookie) eat it! I'm not sure it works for everyone but it's worth a try. And it definitely worked for me. I made a batch of oatmeal cookies once when I was nursing my daughter and I had about 10 of them over 2 days. Holy breast engorgement, Batman!

Also, I second the commenter that recommended nursing again even if you think there's nothing there. The stimulation will tell your body to make more milk. If the added stimulation isn't there your body thinks it's producing exactly what your baby needs.

And finally, I also second the commenter who said don't stress over the occasional formula or switching to formula. When you've done all you can do you should feel no guilt about it. There are enough other things in the world to feel bad about without adding your baby's feedings to it.

Keep it up! You're doing great!

Kerri said...

The more you nurse the more milk you have. So that means sometimes while they are that little you get stuck nursing constantly for a week or so, but then the milk will be there. If you give her a bottle, your body doesn't think he needs to make more, ya know?