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.