I would like to start by saying, once again, a big Thank You to all the ladies who offered their insight, experience, wisdom and support last time I talked about our breastfeeding journey. It was so wonderful to hear from you.
I'm writing a little update for those who might be wondering how we are doing. We weighed Shira yesterday, and I'm happy to tell you that she is gaining steadily and well now, at an average rate of about 4 ounces per week. It's not as much as the pediatrician would have wanted, but as long as she's constantly gaining at a reasonable rate, we are fine with that.
More news: Shira went back to nursing at night. I never thought I could be so happy about getting up at 4 AM. I think this has been really beneficial for my milk supply.
I'm still angry and sad that my sweet, happy, active child was labeled FTT, and also about the fact that when our doctor told me "you probably don't have enough milk" she went on and said, "use formula" rather than "do anything possible to get your supply back up". To tell you the truth, I feel cheated and betrayed. Breastfeeding is so, so important, so why aren't we encouraged to put up a fight to keep it up?
Kellymom is a wonderful breastfeeding online resource, which I'm sure many of you are already familiar with. It's so helpful for nursing mothers. Here are a few especially informative articles about weight gain and milk supply:
Increasing Low Milk Supply
How might I increase baby's weight gain?
Is Baby Getting Enough Milk?
Moms, eat well, drink plenty, and nurse often! Happy breastfeeding everyone.