So, the last time we checked in, we were on a mission to fatten up our little girls, so they would be at or above their birth weights as soon as possible.
We were on an aggressive breastfeeding plan and urged to supplement them with formula to help them pack on the
Well, we continued with our aggressive feeding plan, and we introduced formula. I also did anything and everything I could to up my supply: I started taking fenugreek and drinking Mother’s Milk tea, and I even made lactation cookies (which include oats and brewer’s yeast), in addition to eating oats/oatmeal and drinking a couple of dark beers.
In addition, the girls hit 3 weeks of age – full term! – and a growth spurt. They are stronger and spend more time at the breast (20-30 minutes, rather than the 10-15 minutes of earlier weeks), but they also are hungrier, and either want to eat more often (painful in the middle of the night) or take down a substantial bottle, which includes a decent amount of formula and thus makes them very mucousy/phlegmy.
We saw the pediatrician today for a weight recheck, and finally – finally! – we left all smiles, no tears. The girls are above their birth weights and healthy in every other way!
Here’s the progression:
- Birth weight: 5 lbs, 2 oz
- Discharge weight: 4 lbs, 10 oz
- First visit weight (11 days old): 4 lbs, 5 oz
- Aug. 26 weight: 4 lbs, 8 oz
- Sept. 4 weight: 5 lbs, 4 oz
- Birth weight: 4 lbs, 11 oz
- Discharge weight: 4 lbs, 3.5 oz
- First visit weight (11 days old): 4 lbs, 1 oz
- Aug. 26 weight: 4 lbs, 2 oz
- Sept. 4 weight: 4 lbs, 15.5 oz
Some other notes: Since their Aug. 21 appointment, Anna has grown three-quarters of an inch in length and 2 cm in head circumference, and Elise has grown 1.75 inches in length and 2 cm in head circumference.
They still wear some generous preemie-sized clothing, but now fit into many of their newborn-sized outfits.
We also saw our lactation consultation today, just for a second opinion, and we’re going to continue doing what we’re doing. She reassured us that the amount of formula we are using really is, in the grand scheme of things, not that much. She also suggested we stop giving them supplemental bottles (of breastmilk + formula) after feedings when Christopher is not at home, and solely breastfeed them on demand during that time; I’ll also eliminate pumping during that time and just do it when Christopher is home.
All in all, we are feeling on top of the world. The girls, as we knew, are healthy and happy…