Monday, November 19, 2007

its all in the math

thrush(pain)=cracked nipples(pain)+low milk supply
or in words: thrush multiplied by pain equals cracked nipples multiplied by pain and low milk supply

if my life could be reduced to an equation that would be it, followed by:
cracked nipples (pain)+ low milk supply=frequent pumping + formula supplementation

multiply all of that by toddler to the second power(cause he's two)

i'm having a really hard time nursing my second baby-for all the reasons listed above. it's extremely frustrating because i breastfed my first son until he was14 months, this guy is only two months! i have been talking to midwives and lactation consultants.. i was given four different opinions of what i should do. everything from prescription meds( reglan-not taking them yet) to herbs(taking them- fenugreek and blessed thistle) to beer(had a half a beer-didn't seem to have much effect) to fluids( must remember to drink) to pumping(every three hours after 15 minutes of heat and massage) to nipple shields to help with pain/healing of cracked nipples ( i loved them, ben flat out refuses them and gets really really upset-so not using them)

can someone please explain to me the breastfeeding order of operations? i somehow don't think 'please excuse my dear aunt sally' will work here-(mnemonic for what order to add,subtract, multiply and divide when doing algebra)

i have a plan of my own based on all the above info, no idea if it will work, but when i pump i'm only getting a total of about 2-2 1/2 ounces, so we have to supplement each feeding with some formula. tomorrow ben goes back to the pede for a weight check and immunizations-hopefully he will have gained weight in the last week. i'll keep you posted.


Jeankfl said...

Just ignore them all, and do what works for you and Ben. And if it doesn't work, don't beat yourself up about it. You're a busy woman..makes me tired reading about it!LOL Get a little rest, girl.. that'll actually help the most.

Mocha said...

I'm with Jean. What works for YOU. Also, don't do algebra while nursing. I hear it's not good for the baby.