Today was one of those days that I had not been looking forward to. Today was one of those days that I thought I was going to have to claim defeat. Yep, today was the day of our 6-week postnatal check-up.
Today I wound up being pleasantly surprised. It was a good news day to say the least. A day that we would be discharged from our midwives care. It was a day that we would follow-up on Oakley’s weight.
I have been so strung out over the past 3 weeks. Working vigilantly to nurse around the clock, pump and top up the little guy with expressed breast milk. It has been a process that I have been struggling with. There has been many a time over the past 6ish weeks that I have wanted to throw in the towel on breastfeeding. However, I always had that little voice in the back of my head, cheering me on and reminding me of how badly I had wanted to be able breastfed my last baby.
It hasn’t been easy having to switch back and forth between offering breast and boob. We have had to introduce a variety of different bottles over the past few weeks to find one that works for us.
Thankfully, I was able to find a natural baby bottle by Philips Avent that Oakley has taken to. It features a wide breast shaped nipple with an innovative petal design within the nipple that makes latching to the bottle more natural, as it is similar sensation to that of latching to a breast. This bottle has also helped with Oakley’s colic, as it features an innovative twin valve design that helps with reducing colic by venting air into the bottle and not into the little guys tummy. It has certainly helped with limiting the amount of spit-up incidences post-feeds, as well as the scream fests.
I have to say as I write this I am really shocked that I was able to keep up with being able to breastfeed, pump around the clock and top the little guy up with the bottle for as long as I have. With 4 children, it hasn’t been an easy feat. I have wanted to throw in the towel so badly. It is a wonder how I managed to press on, When I went into my appointment today, had I found out that all the time I invested trying to help him put on the weight had amounted to no return, it would have been the end of our breastfeeding journey. My sanity would have been more important than continuing to press on and exhausting myself more than I already am.
Today, however, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the little guy now weighs 9lbs 4 oz. He went from gaining absolutely nothing during the first 3 weeks of life to gaining just over 3lbs in the last 3.5 weeks. I feel relieved. I feel proud. I feel worried to begin the process of dropping the bottle and transitioning back to breast. What if his weight gain doesn’t continue when we do transition back to breastfeeding? You just never know what the outcome will be. The one thing I do know is that we will take the process slowly, and I doubt we will drop the bottle fully… But time will only tell for sure.
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