Okay, so after yesterday’s freak out for my dramatic drop in milk supply, I was really looking forward to going to the pediatrician and the lactation consultant this morning for some answers. If you remember, Brody lost an ounce and was down to 7lbs 20z on Friday, which really made me nervous, especially with the supply worries I was having. They weighed him today, and he was up to 7lbs 9oz! That’s only one ounce under his birth weight, which puts him right on track for two weeks old. I was SO relieved!! I felt like he was starving to death all weekend, eating constantly and my boobs felt so empty, I didn’t think he was taking in anything at all, but apparently I was wrong since gained seven ounces in three days. Also, his bilirubin level is still right about the same, so we are able to send back the biliblanket, thank goodness! Our doctor is not worried about the level, he thinks the breast milk is making the jaundice linger a little longer, which is not unheard of in breast-fed babies. Hopefully it will be back down by three weeks old.
My trip to the lactation consultant really helped, too. She weighed Brody when we got there, confirming his new weight of 7lbs 9 ounces. I fed him on both sides, then she weighed him again, showing a gain of 2.5 ounces. This is the perfect amount of milk for him right now, so she was very pleased. I guess I am making just enough for him, right now, with nothing to spare. I told her I was pumping after each feeding, and she said that was perfect and that I should see in an increase in two days of the pumping, so hopefully tomorrow things will be a bit more full!
She blames the jaundice for the sudden drop in supply that I had- jaundiced babies are sleepier, and therefore sleepier at the breast, as well. He didn’t seem to be able to stay awake, so he wasn’t stimulating my milk production quite enough to keep it at that same level. Now that his bilirubin levels have dropped, he is much more alert when eating, though I still have to tickle him and mess with him to keep him awake some of the time, but Knox was the same way.
I’m planning on taking some of your advice and making some lactation cookies, too. I’ve been eating oatmeal each day, and I did feel more full this morning than I have the past few days, I’m sure that’s a combo of all of the things I’ve been trying. Hopefully things will continue to improve!
And just because…