- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2012
@wifegoodman: The first 2 weeks were the hardest for me. I have a great sleeper, but she is a lazy nurser! Verrrry lazy… like she will be latched on for half an hour but be asleep, so I spend the entire feeding trying to keep her stimulated enough to eat and then she’s hungry again in an hour. It actually ended up stalling her weight gain, so I have been exclusively pumping and giving her bottled breast milk ever since.
At 10 weeks, she is still a great sleeper, and now that we’re using bottles her weight shot up! Here’s a typical day for us:
Wake up between 5am and 7am- dad feeds her 4oz, I pump.
She is content to hang out in her crib looking at the mobile or sit in her vibrating seat or the swing for a while, and she dozes off about an hour after eating (on weekends we spend this wakeful period together, snuggling or playing, but on weekdays this is when I get ready for work)
She sleeps for an hour, maybe two, and is awake for a little bit before it’s time to eat… 4oz again, then rinse & repeat until about 8-10pm. I pump every 3-4 hours and prefer to do it while she’s asleep, but sometimes she’s awake and content or hanging out with dad so I can pump.
For her bedtime routine, we start with waking her up (if she’s not already) around 9ish and giving her a bath. We usually do baths every other day, and if it’s every day I don’t use soap every other day… it’s more about the routine for us right now.
After bathtime we get ready for bed- so lotion, fresh diaper, wrap her up in the fleece sleep sack, then it’s time for the last bottle of the night. Typically, she is dozing in and out of sleep by the last ounce. She’s usually asleep when I put her in the crib, but a few times she has only been half asleep but still did A-ok. She is in bed (usually asleep) by 10 or 11pm.
I pump one last time at night either before I wake her up for bath time or after I put her down <—usually the case on fussy evenings
I steam all my pump parts, pack her diaper bag for the sitter and portion all her bottles for the next day, pack my own lunch and/or gym bag for the next day, and freeze any excess milk beyond what she needs the following day.
Then I go to bed, usually in bed between 11pm and midnight. We are one of the lucky families who have been blessed with a wonderful sleeper, so once she’s down for the night she rarely wakes until 5-7am.
Ok, so here are a few quick stats in case you’re interested… bear in mind also that I have a 10 week old so she has kind of fallen into a nice schedule, I am back at work full time (came back 5 1/2 weeks pp), and I pump exclusively.
-she eats 24-28oz per day, which is now about 6 or 7 4oz bottles. We recently went up from 3 1/2oz per feeding about 7-8 times a day. We started out with 3oz 8 or 9 times a day.
-she was eating every 2-2 1/2 hours, now she eats every 3-4 hours. As her portions have increased, the time between feedings has also increased. She will always get at least 24oz, and if she missed a feeding because someone let her sleep too long during the day (eh-hem, DAD) then I stay up late enough to get an extra feeding before bedtime to make it up.
-I pump for 30-45min first thing in the morning, then another 3 or 4 times for 20min a pop throughout the day, then another marathon pumping session for 30-45 min before bed.
-The rule of thumb for breastfed newborns and pee pee diapers is ONE wet diaper on day ONE, TWO on day TWO, THREE on day THREE, and so on until you have a wet diaper approximately every time they eat.
-Poops happen, and on breastmilk they are runny, strange colored, and not foul smelling. The poop will be black and tarry at first (meconium) then green, then yellow, then brown, and it’s completely ok if it looks like there are mustard seeds in there. Apparently that’s normal and good. Looks strange as hell to me though.
Ummm… I think I just wrote a novel but if I left anything out or if you want to hear more about baby poop just let me know 🙂