I don’t want to bore you with another breastfeeding post…
Just kidding! I really wanted an excuse to show you that über adorable picture of William yawning from yesterday. The mohawk. The romper. The yawn. The face. Oh my baby! Sorry not sorry I’m obsessed with my extraordinarily cute baby.
Moving on… For the last three weeks I’ve been attending a breastfeeding support group at the hospital where I delivered. I believe most large hospitals have some type of group like this. I’ve found it wildly interesting and helpful, so I wanted to share a little about my experience. Itz free and is led by a lactation consultant and there is an additional lactation educator present, as well. All women who are lactating in any capacity are welcome (exclusively breastfeeding, exclusively pumping, some of both, supplementing with formula, etc.).
What do we do there? Itz a place to meet other breastfeeding moms, troubleshoot any issues, and gain support which can be very much needed while breastfeeding. I chose not to go my first few weeks of breastfeeding even though I was having difficulty since the lactation consultants and pediatrician all thought it was because William was born early. Now that I’ve started going, I love it! I don’t really have any issues anymore; William is a champ at nursing and I’ve got enough milk to feed a small country. I suppose my oversupply could be considered a problem, but itz one I’m glad to have.
The main reason why I wanted to check out the breastfeeding support group is that you can weigh your baby before and after you nurse to see exactly how much he is getting. Let’s flashback to see just how tiny William was at birth:
Five pounds two ounces. Since then, he’s put on quite a bit of weight – even doubling his size in just two months! He’s always been a frequent eater – every two hours around the clock (though recently he’s started going a tad longer at night – YES!). He’s also an incredibly efficient eater meaning he only nurses one side for ten minutes or less for a full feeding. I knew he was getting enough milk since he was gaining weight, but there was no way to know exactly (or even approximately) how much he was getting unless I were to weigh him before and after.
Here’s how it works: During the group if you want to weigh your baby before you nurse, you put him in a clean diaper and strip his clothes. You weigh him and can even write his weight on a whiteboard they have in the room to keep track. Obviously I use this as an opportunity to take yet another picture of my beautiful baby:
He was a bit squirmy with arms flailing at this point as he was getting hungry, but as you can see he was 9 pounds 13.6 ounces prior to his feeding. Then itz time to nurse. The first time I went to this class, I looked around and saw many moms nursing their babies and thought, “How in the world am I going to nurse William with no pillow?” They were all just holding their babies no problem. At home, I use either my boppy or a pillow, put my feet up, and get nice and comfortable to nurse. All there was in this room was chairs… Errr. Well, l gave it a try, and while itz not the most comfortable position, I somehow managed to get him to nurse successfully.
Anyway, the class is really interesting because the lactation consultant poses a question or a topic at the beginning and everyone chimes in about their own experience, asks questions, and offers advice. Itz nice to hear from other moms going through the same thing and even though I’m not having any issues right now, I feel like itz beneficial to hear the information for if/when anything should occur in the future. Plus, the experts can check your latch or help with positioning or anything else you may need.
Fast forward to the end of the nursing session. (By the way, you don’t have to nurse during this group. Many women do choose to though. Itz very relaxed and people are on their own time schedule since babies do their own thing anyway. You get up to weigh/change your baby as needed.) When William is done nursing, I take him back to the little room for his final weigh in. You keep the same diaper on him, regardless if itz soiled or not, because that counts towards the end weight. You put him on the scale and weight for the result…
BIG BOY! He topped ten pounds! Doesn’t he look so much more relaxed in this photo? Milk coma. In last week’s group, William nursed 2.6 ounces. In the few weeks I’ve gone and weighed him, he’s eaten anywhere between two and a half to three and a half ounces. It makes me feel better since he does eat so quickly, I was never sure how much he was getting. Now I know. New moms, I’d highly recommend checking if your hospital offers some type of breastfeeding support group. You can go weekly or once or as needed or whatever. Plus, since doctor appointments are now more infrequent, I still get to see how much William is weighing and growing. Getting bigger by the
Mommas – did/do you attend any type of breastfeeding support group?