I will breastfeed (bf) for a year.
This is still my plan. But, my mentality is different than it was before she was born. It’s not a do or die situation. I’m going to do the best I can with nursing for as long as I can.
I will not pump for the first month.
I pumped…at day 5. I had a really hard time accepting this. I felt like a failure, that I couldn’t nurse my baby. AG wouldn’t latch when we came home from the hospital. After two days of her crying all the time, I thought she wasn’t getting enough milk because she struggled to latch. So, I pumped and gave her a bottle after talking to the DR and confirming that there is no such thing as nipple/ bottle confusion. I instantly had a happy baby. No more fussing unless she was hungry, needed a diaper change or had gas. I realized that even though I had a plan, at that moment it wasn’t the best thing for the bebe. I did call a lactation consultant and she told me to give it 24 hours and try again once my milk supply evened out. No one told me about this period of engorgement that could be difficult for the baby to latch. Turns out it’s pretty common, which I realized after talking with friends. So, I did and AG became an all star nurser. Praise the Lord. She gets a pumped bottle a day now, usually in the middle of the night when she’s fussy and wants to eat immediately. Other than that, we are doing much better with nursing. Still, best laid plans….
My child will also not receive a paci for the first month.
This went out the door on day 3. We were in the hospital and AG was fussing. She wasn’t hungry, didn’t need to be changed, didn’t look to be gas…she just wanted to suck. She tried on everything that came near her mouth. So, mom suggested we give her the paci. She has been doing great nursing and had a good latch (at this point), so we checked with the dr. Dr agreed and one of our nurses told us both her kids took theirs from the beginning and she never had issues nursing. So, we gave it to her. It worked. All she wanted was something to suck on. We give it to her a few times a day now, but don’t let her keep it for too long.
Have AG on a schedule starting week 2.
We’ve started this. Started the process. But, I thought I would be all or nothing with this plan and it’s not the case. I’m using the Moms on Call method. Somedays AG does fabulous and others notsomuch. But, it’s okay. She’s still a newborn and the important thing is we are establishing a routine.