Monday, November 24, 2008

Stunned, but in a Good Way

First, I want to say Happy Birthday to my Anna who is now a big 3 year old.  She is by far my most laid-back child, but she is still full of energy and determination.  She is so easy to love.

I'm sure that if you have been following long with Henry's story that you will be happily surprised with the news that is coming next.

Henry has finally caught on.  He is finally a Good Eater.  It was touch and go the first week.  He was hostile and angry the first days as he worked to get my milk supply up.  After ten weeks of solely pumping my supply wasn't fabulous, to be sure.  There were nursing sessions that seemed hopeful, but for the most part he didn't seem to be nursing well and he never seemed contented.  We weighed him at the clinic after a week and found that he hadn't gained any weight at all.  Since he wasn't loosing any weight, our doctor thought he could have another week to try.  Her tone was rather neutral--He wasn't loosing weight, which was good, but it was time for him to "fish or cut bait".  At 42 weeks, we had certainly been patient enough with him.  I brought him in again on Friday for another weigh-in and found that he'd gained an ounce and a half!  We were very encouraged.

Today we went in again (!) and found that he had gained a whopping six ounces over the weekend!  So, I think breastfeeding is working out after all.  Really, I'm as surprised as you are.  And THANK GOD.  We figured out the cost of formula feeding and it would cost approximately  $130 for Henry to get 4 oz bottles, to say nothing of the cost as he gets bigger.  How do people afford this?  That's more than what we spend on a week's groceries for our WHOLE FAMILY.

I'm so, so glad that this is finally working out.  He will still need to get two high-calorie bottles a day because of his prematurity, but it will be so much better (read: cheaper and easier) to breastfeed the rest of the time.

If you listed closely, I'm sure you can hear my sigh of relief.  Exhale.


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Anna, and... WAY TO GO HENRY!!!

Is that $130 a week or a month? When I was nursing my daughter, I had to give up all dairy, in everything (even hidden dairy in breads and crackers, etc)... much like I now have to eat due to my own dairy allergy. The only other option was a really, really expensive pre-digested formula, which we just couldn't afford to buy.

I really don't know how people afford formula, other than accumulating tons of formula coupons and signing up for lots of free samples? :)

David Reber said...

Happy Birthday to Anna!

Wow, Henry looks great! You guys are doing a swell job.

Angoraknitter said...

Happy birthday Anna! She just keeps growing!

I'm soooo glad Henry has caught on to nursing. I wish I could have known how to help him catch on sooner but I'm sure glad he's got it now. :)