Thursday, February 25, 2010

Lactation Consultation

Posted by Heather at Thursday, February 25, 2010
After several sleepless nights and trouble getting you to eat/sleep at night, I made an appointment with a lactation consultant at CMC Northeast. We met with Phyllis on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 1:30 PM. Phyllis was reassuring, very soothing and very knowledgeable and helpful. While you wouldn't nurse while we were there, Phyllis was able to give me some helpful hints to get you to nurse better. For example, due to the shape of the roof of your mouth it is harder to trigger to the sucking reflex. For most babies you only have to get the nipple to touch anywhere on the roof of the mouth to trigger to the sucking reflex but for you, there is only a small area that will do this and we have to make sure we make the target BEFORE you get all frustrated and mad and then refuse to nurse which leads to you not sleeping well... vicious cycle. Last night, we tried some of the nursing/holding techniques that Phyllis suggested and we were able to have a relatively calm, uneventful night- Mommy even got some sleep!

While at the lactation consultation, you were weighed and it turns out that you have almost regained all of your birth weight. What takes most babies two weeks to do, you did in less than one!! I guess we weren't having TOO many feeding problems, after all. Also, the nurse commented that your head control is pretty good, too.

Turns out you are one smart cookie, Katy! Remember when I said that you are most active at three to four AM? Well, it turns out that that is when milk supply is at it's greatest and somehow, you must of have known that!


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