i know many of you were wanting an update on the breast feeding/weight saga, so here it is. since my last post, azalea has had 3 really great days of nursing. almost painless for me, no crying from either of us, everything seemed to be going smoothly. as a side note, i know a few people suggested a nipple shield and we had actually been using one before i got mastitis, but i stopped after that because i read somewhere it can contribute to breast infections (who knows it that's true or not). anyway, we've been doing fine without it.
today was her weight check appointment and i had really high hopes because everything has been going so smoothly. the nurse put her on the scale and it said 7 lb 6 oz. (down 4 oz from tuesday). i managed to keep my composure through the whole doctor visit. basically the doctor can't figure out why azalea keeps losing weight. she has watched her nurse and verified that she's swallowing, she's having enough wet/dirty diapers, she's being fed every 2 hours during the day and 2.5 at night, she's alert, developing, etc. it's just as mystery. it's possible that my supply is lacking. it's also possible that she is "pretend eating" (sucking but not taking in much milk). the doctor is very supportive of my desire to keep breastfeeding, so she suggested i try feeding her every two hours, pumping out anything that is left then giving it to her in a bottle. if i'm not able to pump 2 oz. i should supplement the rest with formula. i'm ok with this plan for the most part, although it's going to be hard and time consuming. obviously i wish everything could just be simple, but that's not real life.
we'll see how this goes. her next weigh in is next tuesday, so we'll see if the supplementing makes a difference. i'm just trying to be at peace with this whole thing. wish me luck!