Well it's like the biggest thing going on in my life right now, so just bear with me. Claire had developed a strong aversion to formula. Even though it was the first food she ever had (in the NICU) she had been an exclusively breastfed baby for a month, and anytime we tried the formula again she would either push it away crying or eat it then promptly throw it up.
Well I couldn't have that since I'm going back to work soon and my little eater wasn't satisfied with what I managed to pump. So I began mixing my pumped milk with formula during the day and continued nursing her at night. That seemed to be working well for her but I know when I go back to work I can't wake up to nurse her so many times through the night.
I finally worked up to full bottles of formula during the day so I asked my OB how to successfully go about finally making the full switch. His answer was cold turkey. It wasn't what I wanted to hear but hey, he's the doctor. So I did it, stopped pumping and nursing for a full evening and through the night. Then I woke up with a fever and breasts so engorged that the pain was unbearable. I had to fill an old prescription for Ibuprophin just to get out of bed!
Apparently that's normal.
That night, Claire slept for an almost 5 hour stretch and my sleep was glorious. I even woke up to feed her before she did.
Do I miss nursing her? Hell yeah. But I miss everything about my tiny baby.
|Look at the little head|