Sunday, February 11, 2007

my milk making machine

people have been asking about breastfeeding; i don't just mean in general but when it comes to me and my decision and whats been going on.. i left you all wondering what was going on.. i'll get to all that. the boys are good. they will be 9 months soon can't even believe that.. time seems to go fast and so slow all at once. kind of creepy. they are sitting, eating lots, loving puffed wheat, putting all toys in their mouths still, still no teeth, they always want whatever toy the other one has, ari gives smiles more freely, noah is louder with his voice, ari decided he was against sleep and has become a horrible sleeper at night, naps are still hard but getting better, they love the jolly jumper and love sitting at the table in there big boy booster seats espcially when they are eating puffed wheat - both fists jamming it in. its hilarious. and breastfeeding... it was a hard choice but i have been somewhat slowly sort of weaning.. yea just like it sounds. i nurse them at around 6am and then not again till the afternoon usually between 1 and 2. i tried to just cut out the feed in the afternoon but after some painful engorgement decided that i needed a new approach. i am in the process of slowing down production by nursing one in the afternoon and bottle feeding the other one. then at 7 before they go to bed the one who was bottle fed gets nursed and the other one gets a bottle. it has been working really well.. they both seem to be adapting. so at first i decided this would work out perfectly and we would keep going with that untill they all of sudden have become not so great nursers.. they love to pull and yank on me with there hands and gums which is not pleasant. i have to hold there hands down while nursing so i don't have scratch marks everywhere. i think i will start to cut out the afternoon feed and see how that goes. it seems i am producing less milk because its less and less painful between feedings. so that is the story for now. now if only i could get some sleep!

6 comments:

Stacey said...

Weaning a baby is definately a slow process! I remember that engourged feeling all too well. I ended up getting mastitis during that time too, which was NOT fun, but it all eventually ends!

Trena Wanless said...

Hey, I'm glad to hear things are going well for you! Sorry about the sleeping thing, I know how that is...it seems to go in stages. One encouragement, once I did get Noah fully weaned and he started crawling, he started sleeping much better at night. Every babies different, so I can't promise of course, but just wanted to say you are doing great and your boys are so cute!!!

lagiulia said...

Good for you for sticking with your decision and following through. Take care!

Eva said...

Glad to see you're doing well. One quick tip that works with my twins (though they're younger); I give them a plastic ring or a stuffed animal to hold while they are nursing, and they tend to hold onto that rather than dig into me. Sometimes they drop it but in general it can keep their nails out of my skin.

jamie said...

Heather y ou watched thursday night, right?? What do you think?!?!

Angel said...

Hey Girl!
I don't have much to say in regards to all of this - but just wanted to say hey